The best time to go on safari in Zimbabwe is during the dry season, which runs between June and October. Hwange National Park is a real highlight during the winter months, as is Mana Pools National Park where boat safaris and bush walks offer some superb variety. The lack of rainfall means wildlife concentrates around permanent water sources like rivers and water holes, which makes sightings both easy and rewarding. Vegetation thins out too, so there are fewer places for animals to hide.
July and August are the peak months when parks are at their busiest – not that it ever gets crowded in Zimbabwe! Head to the remote Gonarezhou National Park if you want to get well and truly off the beaten track – it’s the least visited park in the country yet one of the most beautiful.
Photo credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
The wet season kicks in from November to May, with downpours leaving the ground sodden, making travel within the parks quite difficult. Some camps and lodges close during this time, although birding is at its peak with an abundance of migratory and domestic birds across the country.