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When to Go

Activities can be enjoyed year-round

A straightforward climate – a long dry winter followed by a short wet summer – makes deciding when to travel to Zimbabwe a question of your priorities.

Victoria Falls is in spectacular peak flood during the late summer season – February to May – and at its lowest level in late winter – September to November. Most activities can be enjoyed year-round but the best time for white water rafting is during low water season – August to December.

Remember that peak flood season for Victoria Falls is not prime safari season for the rest of Zimbabwe or the southern African region. Zimbabwe’s best game viewing is from June to October, especially later in the season when game is concentrated around water. This is the best time for destinations like Hwange, Mana Pools and Matusadona.

Jan/ Feb/ Mar/ Apr
Warm with regular 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 safari season; low malaria risk; low water at Vic Falls
Nov/ Dec
Warm & occasional rain showers; Vic Falls water very low; great rafting season
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Top Experiences

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN ZIM

1. Visit Smoke that Thunders

In full flow from Feb to May, this world wonder never disappoints – best seen from the Zimbabwe side, mile-wide Victoria Falls is where the elements collide.

2. Jump off a Bridge

With a bungee cord of course! It’s a 111-metre drop, set against dramatic scenery & with the Zambezi River frothing below you. Live adventure!

3. Go White Water Rafting

Rated the world’s best one-day rafting destination, Victoria Falls has a long history of safe & professional rafting on the Zambezi.

4. Walk the Wild Side

A guided nature walk gives you the chance to see the smaller details & enjoy some excellent bird watching. For the truly adventurous, multi-day guided hikes are available in the Zambia.

5. Take a Game Drive

Zimbabwe’s parks are home to herds of elephant & buffalo as well as big cats & wild dogs. Private concessions offer night drives too.

6. Cruise the Zambezi River

Whether it’s a bird watching trip, fishing expedition or sunset cruise, the Zambezi River was made to be enjoyed; sit back & let the scenery unfold.

7. Take a Canoe Safari

You can enjoy canoeing at Victoria Falls but head for wild Mana Pools National Park for the real deal – expert guides & thrilling wildlife encounters.

8. MEET THE WILDLIFE

Only at Victoria Falls can you enjoy an elephant-back safari & meet playful lion cubs on the same day – you can even feed baby elephants!

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