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When to Go to Zimbabwe

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is dependent on the wildlife you'd like to see as generally speaking, Zimbabwe is a year-round destination. The incredible wildlife of Zimbabwe that includes zebra, antelope, the ‘Big Five’ and wild dogs can also be seen all year, although they are easier to spot during certain times. As an emerging destination, peak travel months are still much less busy than other popular safari locations in Africa. The climate in Zimbabwe is subtropical with long hot summers with temperatures averaging a high 30°C or 87 °F and cooler winters, when the temperature at night can fall considerably. The temperatures can vary highly within the destination itself, and from day to night.

Consider visiting Hwange National Park during the dry winter months of June to October if you're want to have extraordinary wildlife encounters. Animals in the park congregate around the surviving waterholes during this time, creating good possibilities for game viewing. You'll have the opportunity to see a variety of species congregating at these essential water sources, including herds of elephants, prides of lions, and other animals. One of Zimbabwe's most well-known national parks offers memorable safari experiences thanks to its concentration of animals.

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The Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

January falls during the rainy season in Zimbabwe, which means that there may be heavy downpours and thunderstorms. This can make travel difficult, especially on dirt roads, so be prepared for delays and possible road closures.

On the other hand, the rainy season is a great time to visit Zimbabwe's national parks and wildlife reserves, as the vegetation is lush and the animals are more active. You may also be able to spot migratory birds that are only present during this time of year.

August – November

Zimbabwe’s main dry season, this is an ideal time for those looking for more active pursuits around the falls such as white water rafting on the Zambezi… from September to November the prolonged dryness means ideal game viewing, but this does mean peak travel times, with busier accommodation and these months are particularly hot in northern areas such as Mana Pools.

December – April

This is generally a time of humidity, rainfall and thunderstorms, the latter usually arriving in the afternoon hours and clearing. Whilst not ideal for all travellers, the rainy season does offer interesting and unique wildlife and scenery, with western areas receiving less rainfall overall.

May – July

This marks a period of much cooler weather overall, and this can be much more pleasant for some of the more adventurous activities. It is a much more verdant time, with the ground starting to dry out into July, and temperatures in the higher altitude areas start to fall.

Things to do in Zimbabwe

See huge herds of Elephants

Visit Zimbabwe during the dry season from May to October and watch them congregate around the waterholes often right in front of your lodge.

See Wild Dog Pups

Visit Zimbabwe between June and August when the wild dogs will be denning. In Hwange and Mana Pools, the pups will start to make their way out into the world.

Kayak in Mana Pools

Visit Zimbabwe between April and October when you will be joined by plenty of animals along the banks of the Zambezi.

Matobo National Park

View the ancient rock art and distinctive granite rock formations at Matobo National Park. Go on guided walks to find rhinos.