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When Should I go on a Zambia Safari?

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Although Zambia is relatively warm, the temperature can vary between 21degC and 70degF, 31degC and 88degF, depending on the altitude. This is mostly due to the valleys of Kafue, Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers. It is best to visit Zambia during the dry season. Unlike other tourist destinations in East or Southern Africa, the number of tourists is small so it doesn’t need to be a concern when planning your trip. The scenery is stunning at all times of the year and it never feels crowded.
Temperatures can drop dramatically from day to night, regardless of when you travel, especially during June and July.

When to go by Season

July – October

This is the traditional dry season of Zambia. It is also the most pleasant temperature-wise and the most popular. As you enter September and October, the temperatures increase. Some areas, such as Luangwa Valley or Lower Zambezi, feel the heat the most. However, the wildlife that seeks water along the river banks can make for spectacular game viewing.

November, April, June

These are great months to visit as they are less crowded and can offer pleasant weather. It is difficult to predict November. You might experience a dry month, or the first rains falling before the wet season begins. April through June are lush and green. Most of the rain will have stopped by this time, particularly in May/June. Victoria Falls can also be visited at this time.

December – March

Many people believe that the best time to travel to Zambia is during the wet seasons. The scenery is spectacular and the prices for accommodation are lower. It isn’t for everyone though, as the weather can change dramatically within a single day. While waterproofing is required, the rains last only a few hours and do not hinder you from engaging in activities for long periods. The rain tends to arrive sooner and subside later if you live further north. In addition, the east receives more rainfall than the west. Some camps may close, so please consult us if in doubt.

When to visit zambia if your goal is to see.

Bat Migration: From November to December, up to 10 million fruit bats descend on Kasanka National Park.

Wildebeest Herds: Large herds gather in Liuwa Plains during November to take advantage of fresh grazing.

Hippos are found all year, but large pods can be seen congregating in pools at the Luangwa river’s dry river bed.

Migratory Birds

Predators: The best time to spot big cats or other predators is July-October

Shoebills are best seen in May-June when the African Shoebill is living in the Banweulu swamps.

What is the best time to experience it?

The wet season is an excellent time to view herbivores because of the stunning scenery, healthy animals, and the possibility that many give birth at this time. If this is your first Zambia safari you might consider going in the dry season as the animals tend to congregate around watering points. The rainy season can offer great bird watching opportunities.

There are many public and private festivals in Zambia all year. However, they are not often attended by tourists. We recommend that you visit our experts if the opportunity presents itself. Kuomboka is the most well-known, and it’s held around Easter in the west province. It symbolizes the retreat of the flood victims to higher ground during the flood waters.
Kayaking Safaris

You can glide down the Zambezi River passing elephant herds from June to September.
Victoria Falls

You can see the Zambezi’s full power from February to May, when it thunders over falls from your bird-eye view
Walking safaris

July to October is the dry season in Zambia, and it’s the best time to walk temperature-wise.