Zimbabwe is an all year round destination. The country has distinctive wet and dry seasons, which offer very different experiences, and which will influence the timing of your safari, depending on your special interests.
The dry winter months of May to October are the most comfortable for traveling to Zimbabwe. Days are dry, sunny and warm, with cool evenings, getting hotter in September and October. Daytime temperatures reach up to about 20ºC.
The hot summer months of November to April are characterized by hot sunny mornings, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime temperatures can rise to 30ºC (and even hotter in the low lying valleys around the Zambezi, Victoria Falls and Kariba).
When to Visit
Game viewing in Zimbabwe is at its best during the dry winter months, when animals congregate around waterholes and vegetation is drier and sparser, meaning the wildlife is more easily observed. During the wet summer months the vegetation is strikingly fresh, green and abundant, making the sighting and tracking of game more challenging.
The Victoria Falls are truly magnificent at any time of the year. However for the best views of the Falls, plan your trip for midway through the dry season, from July to September, when the water level of the Zambezi River is low.
Immediately after the rainy season in April and May, the Falls are again spectacular, although the heavy spray can absolutely drench you and obscure your view.
White Water Rafting
Rafting on the Zambezi is generally not safe throughout the rainy season (December – March), when the river is in flood. The rapids are at their most dramatic towards the end of the dry season when the lower river water plunges through the gorge. “Amateur” rafters can experience up to Grade 5 rapids at this time (generally August – December).