Zambia

Zambia in December

December Weather & When To Go

December has been dubbed the “emerald season” thanks to its lush green landscapes that have flourished during the November rains. The dense vegetation does make wildlife more difficult to see but the stunning backdrops more than make up for it. There will be plenty of migratory birds fluttering through the verdant bush and, thanks to the shelter and nutrition the vegetation provides, ungulates give birth at this time to give their young the best chance of survival. 

Look out for baby antelopes and zebra taking their first steps into the bush.

As it is low season in Zambia, prices will decrease and the majority of lodges will have plenty of availability. Some lodges may close due to flooding if the rains are particularly heavy and where black cotton soil makes game drives impossible, so speak to our destination specialists to find out about the best camps and lodges to visit in December. South Luangwa – in particular Mfuwe Lodge – is usually accessible year-round so is a great option.

Temperatures remain high throughout the rainy season and it may be quite humid so this is something to consider if you’re thinking of travelling at this time of year. Rainfall often comes in torrential afternoon downpours but after the rain the weather it likely to be more temperate which makes evening game drives and sundowners much more pleasant.

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