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Best Time to Visit Zambia in 2024 for wildlife safaris, cultural experiences, Victoria Falls. Zambia Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Zambia

  • Optimal: May to September (dry season, best wildlife viewing).
  • For wildlife safaris: June to October have the highest wildlife viewing scores.
  • Other favorable months: March, April, and November.

Geography facts

  • Location: Southern Africa.
  • Area: 752,618 km².
  • Borders: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Landscape: Diverse, including savannahs, highlands, and river valleys. Highest point: Mafinga Central at 2,339 meters.

Climate

  • General Climate: Tropical, with a distinct rainy season (November to April) and dry season (May to October).
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Hot and wet. Expect frequent thunderstorms.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Average rainfall: 227 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for viewing Victoria Falls in full flow.

February

  • Continued rain. Warm temperatures with high humidity.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Average rainfall: 206 mm.
  • Activities: Good time for bird watching as migratory birds are present.
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March

  • End of rainy season. Slight decrease in rainfall.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +17°C (63°F).
  • Average rainfall: 155 mm.
  • Activities: Landscape remains lush, excellent for photography.

April

  • Transition to dry season. Less rain, more sunshine.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +15°C (59°F).
  • Average rainfall: 74 mm.
  • Activities: Beginning of good safari season, clear skies.

May

  • Start of dry season. Cooler and dry, great for wildlife viewing.
  • Daytime temperatures: +25°C (77°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +12°C (54°F).
  • Average rainfall: 7 mm.
  • Activities: Safari season kicks off, optimal for walking safaris.

June

  • Cool and dry. Perfect conditions for safaris.
  • Daytime temperatures: +24°C (75°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +9°C (48°F).
  • Average rainfall: 1 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for visiting national parks and viewing wildlife at waterholes.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Coolest month. Very dry, excellent for wildlife viewing.
  • Daytime temperatures: +24°C (75°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +8°C (46°F).
  • Average rainfall: 0 mm.
  • Activities: Best time for game drives and walking safaris.

August

  • Dry and warming up. Consistent weather, excellent for outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperatures: +27°C (81°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +10°C (50°F).
  • Average rainfall: 0 mm.
  • Activities: Perfect for exploring Victoria Falls and national parks.

September

  • Hot and dry. Peak wildlife viewing period.
  • Daytime temperatures: +30°C (86°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +15°C (59°F).
  • Average rainfall: 1 mm.
  • Activities: Wildlife is concentrated around water sources, making it easier to spot.

October

  • Hottest month. Dry, with temperatures soaring.
  • Daytime temperatures: +32°C (90°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Average rainfall: 8 mm.
  • Activities: Still great for safaris, although very hot.
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November

  • Start of the rainy season. Scattered showers begin.
  • Daytime temperatures: +30°C (86°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +19°C (66°F).
  • Average rainfall: 64 mm.
  • Activities: Early rains rejuvenate the landscape, still good for wildlife viewing.

December

  • Warm and wet. Frequent showers, lush landscapes.
  • Daytime temperatures: +27°C (81°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Average rainfall: 193 mm.
  • Activities: Spectacular views of Victoria Falls with high water levels, good bird watching.

The best time to visit Zambia is during the dry season from May to September, especially for wildlife safaris and outdoor adventures. The weather is cooler, and animals are easier to spot as they gather around water sources. If you prefer lush landscapes and fewer tourists, the rainy season from November to April can also be a great time to visit, with vibrant scenery and impressive waterfalls.

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