January – Afternoon rain showers are common, but they leave behind clear skies and warm days, and don’t usually last long.
February – The height of the wet season sees few visitors, making this a great time to visit if you want the place almost to yourself. Birding is superb as migratory species flood the parks.
March – If you want to see a spray rainbow at Victoria Falls, March is a good bet.
April – As the rains begin to tail off, vegetation springs back to life carpeting the parks with lush greenery.
May – The rains come to an end, leaving behind fresh days, green landscapes, and sunny skies.
June – Nights are cold, but the start of the dry season brings plentiful wildlife. This is a super time for safaris, before peak season sets in, as well as seeing Victoria Falls.
July – Dry days and nippy nights make July a prime month for safaris so make sure you book ahead.
August – Wildlife viewing is at its peak as the dry weather continues, with lots of sunny days to enjoy.
Photo credit: Sapi Explorers Camp
September – This is a great time to visit Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, as wildlife concentrates around the water’s edge making animal viewing a piece of cake.
October – Temperatures start to rise again, sometimes creeping into the low 40˚Cs. Safaris remain superb, with excursions during mornings and late afternoons when things are cooler.
November – The rains arrive in the form of short afternoon showers, but they don’t usually hang around for long.
December – Rainfall is more consistent during December, leaving sodden ground which makes travel in some of the parks more difficult.