Best time to visit Zimbabwe

Like many other southern African countries, Zimbabwe is best visited during the dry winter months of June to October for optimal wildlife viewing. During this time when water is scarce and the vegetation is sparse, animals congregate around rivers and waterholes, making viewing particularly easy. Out of the winter months, July to September is the busiest period for tourists.

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The rainy summer season of November to April is the least popular time to visit Zimbabwe, as spotting wildlife is hard, some roads are inaccessible and the weather is hot and humid. Mana Pools National Park is closed from November to April, and some camps and lodges also close between January to March. Many roads are also closed in Gonarezhou National Park between November and April. However, if you’re a birder, the rainy months are the best time to visit Zimbabwe to spot scores of migratory species. The wet season is also when the landscapes are at their most lush and beautiful, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to see new-born animals in the parks. During this off-peak season you can also get better room rates.

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While you can view Victoria Falls year-round, you’ll get a different experience viewing the falls depending on when you visit. From March to May, after the seasonal summer rains, the Zambezi River is at its highest, and you’ll be able to see the falls in full dramatic flow, although the huge amount of mist and spray can obscure views. From March to around June, white water rafting is closed because of the high water levels. From June, when water levels start decreasing, you’ll have excellent visibility viewing the falls. June to September is the most popular time to visit Victoria Falls, when the river is low enough for good visibility.

The best time to visit the Eastern Highlands is during the dry winter season from May to October when you’ll have warm sunny days.


Popular Zimbabwe Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Jewels of Zimbabwe and Zambia Safari (9 days)

Jewels of Zimbabwe and Zambia Safari (9 days)

Fall under the spell of three prime attractions in Zimbabwe and Zambia – Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools ...

 | Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Safari Adventure (19 days)

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Safari Adventure (19 days)

Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent...

 | Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days)

Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days)

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park...

 | Wild Zimbabwe Safari (7 days)

Wild Zimbabwe Safari (7 days)

A Zimbabwe safari offers beautiful landscapes and fantastic encounters with wildlife in the famous Hwange National Park and Matusadona National Park...

 | Luxurious Cape Town and Victoria Falls Tour (8 days)

Luxurious Cape Town and Victoria Falls Tour (8 days)

Two countries in 8 days may seem like a lot but with this well thought out itinerary you will see some of the regions most iconic destinations without feeling like you are rushing through it…

 | Zimbabwe Wildlife Expedition (7 days)

Zimbabwe Wildlife Expedition (7 days)

Spot huge herds of elephants in the Hwange National Park; and enjoy kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park...

 | Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River...

 | Botswana and Zimbabwe’s World Wonders (7 days)

Botswana and Zimbabwe's World Wonders (7 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls...

 | Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list...

 | Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days)

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days)

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens...

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