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Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe in 2024 for Wildlife Safaris, Victoria Falls, and Cultural Experiences. Zimbabwe Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe

  • Optimal: June to October (dry season, best wildlife viewing).
  • For Victoria Falls: April to June for the best water flow.
  • Other favorable months: May, July, August, and September.

Geography facts

  • Location: Southern Africa, landlocked.
  • Area: 390,757 km².
  • Borders: South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia.
  • Landscape: Predominantly high plateau with mountains in the east. Highest point: Mount Nyangani at 2,592 meters.
  • Rivers: The Zambezi River forms the northern border with Zambia and features the famous Victoria Falls.

Climate

  • Overall: Tropical climate with a wet season (November to March) and a dry season (April to October).
  • Regions: Varying from low-lying areas with higher temperatures to highlands with cooler temperatures.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures average around +26°C (79°F), nights can drop to +16°C (61°F).
  • Precipitation: High, with about 190 mm of rain.
  • Activities: Rain can disrupt outdoor activities; however, the landscape is lush and green.
Zimbabwe (c) canacreativetravel.com

February

  • Temperature: Average highs of +25°C (77°F), and lows around +15°C (59°F).
  • Precipitation: Slightly less than January, around 150 mm.
  • Activities: Similar to January, with rain making travel challenging in some areas.

March

  • Temperature: Daytime around +25°C (77°F), nighttime lows at +15°C (59°F).
  • Precipitation: Decreases to about 100 mm.
  • Activities: End of the rainy season, better for travel and outdoor activities.

April

  • Temperature: Highs of +24°C (75°F), and lows around +12°C (54°F).
  • Precipitation: Much lower, around 40 mm.
  • Activities: Excellent time to visit Victoria Falls due to high water levels and start of the dry season for safaris.

May

  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures around +23°C (73°F), nights can drop to +9°C (48°F).
  • Precipitation: Minimal, less than 20 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for wildlife safaris as the dry season progresses and animals start congregating near water sources.

June

  • Temperature: Highs around +21°C (70°F), and lows near +6°C (43°F).
  • Precipitation: Almost none, under 10 mm.
  • Activities: Peak season for wildlife viewing as water becomes scarce and temperatures are comfortable.
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Temperature: Daytime around +21°C (70°F), nighttime lows at +6°C (43°F).
  • Precipitation: Virtually none, similar to June.
  • Activities: Best time for safaris with excellent wildlife visibility and cooler temperatures.

August

  • Temperature: Highs of +24°C (75°F), and lows around +8°C (46°F).
  • Precipitation: Dry, less than 10 mm.
  • Activities: Continuation of the optimal safari season; great time for visiting national parks and Victoria Falls.

September

  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures around +27°C (81°F), nights can drop to +12°C (54°F).
  • Precipitation: Very dry, less than 5 mm.
  • Activities: Excellent for wildlife viewing; rivers and waterholes are prime spots for animal sightings.

October

  • Temperature: Highs can reach +30°C (86°F), and lows around +15°C (59°F).
  • Precipitation: Starts to increase slightly, around 20 mm.
  • Activities: Still good for wildlife, though temperatures start to rise, making it hotter during the day.
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November

  • Temperature: Daytime around +28°C (82°F), nighttime lows at +17°C (63°F).
  • Precipitation: Increases to about 80 mm, marking the beginning of the rainy season.
  • Activities: Early part of November can still be good for safaris; however, late November can see more rains.

December

  • Temperature: Highs of +26°C (79°F), and lows around +18°C (64°F).
  • Precipitation: High, around 150 mm.
  • Activities: Rainy season in full swing; travel can be more difficult but landscapes are lush and vibrant.

Zimbabwe offers a range of activities and experiences throughout the year, with the dry season from June to October being the best time for wildlife safaris and visiting Victoria Falls. The rainy season provides lush landscapes but can make travel more challenging. Each month brings its own unique charm, making Zimbabwe a versatile destination.

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