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.