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When to Go

The cool and dry winter months

Zambia travel is most comfortable during the cool and dry May to August months. Game viewing is very good and skies are clear and sunny. Temperatures are warm to mild though it can be very cold at night and in the early morning, close to or just below freezing (0°C) in mid-winter. This is a great time for Victoria Falls activities and water levels are still high enough to enjoy thundering views of the waterfall itself.

Hot, dry and sometimes humid September and October lie just before the rainy season. These months offer the best game viewing in Zambia’s parks, and it’s a great time to pop over and see Botswana’s Chobe River from Victoria Falls. The waterfall itself is largely dry by October, especially on the Zambian side; you may want to travel across to Zimbabwe for more views. It’s an ideal time to sit in Devil’s Pool!

Rains are at their heaviest between December and February; safari lodges in the Luangwa and Lower Zambezi may be closed over this time but Victoria Falls enjoys its peak festive season. Water levels at Victoria Falls are highest from February to April – suspending white water rafting for a few weeks – but the views of world wonder in full flood are nothing short of spectacular.

Jan Feb Mar Apr
Very warm with heavy rain; lush landscapes; great birding; Vic Falls at peak flow; limited rafting
May Jun Jul
Cool & dry; good game viewing; low malaria risk; great for Vic Falls activities
Aug Sep Oct
Warm to hot & dry; peak game viewing; low malaria risk; low water at Vic Falls
Nov Dec
Warm & occasional rain; Vic Falls’ water levels very low; great rafting season
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Top Experiences

Things to look forward to in Zambia

1. Visit Smoke that Thunders

Zambia’s view of the Main Falls in flood is spectacular but low water season is the time to visit Devil’s Pool, perched on the edge of the falls themselves.

2. Go on a Game Drive

Zambia’s parks are some of the best in Africa – huge, unspoiled & full of wildlife. Explore them by open-sided 4X4 in the company of an expert guide.

3. Canoe the Zambezi

You can enjoy a canoe trip at Victoria Falls but head for the Lower Zambezi for a super-sized canoeing experience. Mix it up with game drives & boat trips for an unforgettable safari.

4. Cruise the Zambezi River

Whether it’s viewed from a small boat or aboard the triple-decker African Queen, the sunset is equally as good. Honking hippos & water birds provide the soundtrack.

5. Walk the Wilderness

Whether it’s an afternoon nature walk or multi-day walking safari, you’ll never forget being on foot in the South Luangwa. Highly experienced rangers & trackers lead the way.

6. Dive into Devil’s Pool

You’ll never have a view like this again: guides take you by boat to a natural swimming pool … poised on the very edge of Victoria Falls.

7. Look for a Leopard

One of the best places to see this elusive cat, the South Luangwa is also famous for its densities of elephant, hippo, buffalo & lion. Spot-lit night drives give you an extra advantage.

8. Go White Water Rafting

You won’t find a better & more exciting one-day rafting trip in the world – the Zambezi River in low water delivers the adventure of a lifetime.

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