The dry season in Zambia is between June and October, and these winter months are generally the best time for a safari holiday, particularly in North Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. Vegetation is less dense, and animals gather around permanent water sources which makes them a lot easier to spot. Days are sunny and warm, with blue skies making for some superb photos. Nights can be chilly, but campfires and toasty blankets will keep you cosy.
Photo Credit: Chiawa Camp
Zambia is famed for its walking safaris, which are simply sensational during the dry season. Despite the winter being the peak holiday period, these dry months see lower visitor numbers than in destinations like Kenya and Tanzania, so experiences here feel exclusive and truly wild.
Photo Credit: Chongwe River Camp
Zambia’s wet season runs from November to April, and this is a great time for birding. Many camps and lodges are closed during January and February, so this isn’t the ideal time for a safari holiday. Throughout the rest of this ‘green’ season you can expect daily rain, but fewer crowds and reduced prices mean visiting Zambia during this period has its advantages.