- Lower Zambezi National Park
When to Go?
Best Time to Visit Lower Zambezi
Primarily a dry season destination, the Lower Zambezi National Park is at its best from May through August. Temperatures are at their lowest (daytime averages of 28°C/82°F in June and July), there is virtually no rain and the malaria risk is at its lowest. It is still dry in September and October but prepare for hot temperatures (October’s daytime average is 36°C/97°F). Animals are concentrated at the water’s edge and game viewing tends to be very good at this time.
The rains begin in November, forcing many camps to close, reopening in April after the rains have ended. Travel to the Lower Zambezi is not generally recommended at this time: the risk of malaria is at its highest, much of the wildlife has dispersed and there are days of extremely heavy rain.
If you are also planning to visit Victoria Falls, a degree of compromise is needed to see each destination at its best. Victoria Falls is in peak flow from February to May but much of the Lower Zambezi is closed then. And when game viewing is peaking in intensity at the Lower Zambezi in September and October, much of Victoria Falls is dry, especially the Zambian side. We recommend combining the Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls between May and August.