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Best Time To Visit Zimbabwe

The ideal time to visit Zimbabwe is the dry May to October winter season which is superb for game viewing due to warm temperatures and a minimal malaria risk. The end of the summer rainy season between April and May when the Falls are fully flooded, is the best time to visit Victoria Falls for the most breathtaking views.

When it comes to wildlife viewing, Zimbabwe is at its most beautiful between July and October. Huge herds gather in lakes, artificial waterholes, and rivers when the natural waterholes in the parks dry up.

Travel between November and March, however, is rewarding for anyone looking to venture off the usual path and discover the nation's rich cultural heritage. The presence of migratory birds will excite birders in particular.


Best Time - May to September

High Season - July to October

Low Season - November to April

Best Weather - April, May and September

Worst Weather - October to February


The Best Seasons for Planning Your Zimbabwe Safari Tours are;

Wet season: November to March

Dry Season: April to October

DRY SEASON (April to October)

  • The view of Victoria Falls is most breathtaking from May through September.
  • Spotting wildlife is easy because of the sparse vegetation.
  • There is little rain, plenty of sunshine, and bright, blue skies. The number of mosquitoes is down.
  • Except Victoria Falls, other areas like game parks are not crowded.

WET SEASON (November to March)

  • Greener scenery
  • Rains are often brief and hardly ever hurt your trip.
  • The ideal time to view newborn animals
  • Bird watching is at its finest with many birds in their breeding season


Although most parks allow visitors to view wildlife year-round, they perform best in the dry season when wildlife is more visible. The greatest time to visit Hwange is from September to October when large elephant herds are drawn to the area. Although Zimbabwe's wet season is gorgeous and great for bird watching, the road conditions, particularly the 4x4 trails around Mana Pools, can be challenging.

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The weather in Zimbabwe is pleasant and mild. Temperatures on the central plateau can reach 28°C (82°F). Parks at lower elevations, like Hwange and Zambezi NP, are warmer all year long. Even lower with hotter temperatures are the Mana Pools, Matusadona, and Gonarezhou, where temperatures can reach 35°C/95°.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Zimbabwe is an excellent destination for safari enthusiasts. It boasts several world-renowned national parks, such as Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park, which offer incredible wildlife viewing opportunities and breathtaking landscapes.

The best time for a safari in Zimbabwe is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to October. This period provides optimal game viewing conditions as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

Visa requirements for Zimbabwe vary depending on your nationality. It's advisable to check with the nearest Zimbabwean embassy or consulate or visit the official website of the Zimbabwean immigration department to determine the specific visa requirements for your country of residence.

Zimbabwe offers a range of accommodation options for safari-goers, catering to different budgets and preferences. There are luxury lodges, tented camps, and bush camps located within or near national parks.

The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL). However, it's worth noting that Zimbabwe has experienced currency fluctuations in recent years. It's advisable to carry a combination of US dollars (in small denominations) and local currency. US dollars are widely accepted, especially in tourist areas, and it's essential to have enough cash on hand as ATMs may not always be reliable.

Zimbabwe has made significant progress in terms of safety and security in recent years. Tourists generally have positive experiences when visiting Zimbabwe, especially in popular tourist destinations. However, like any travel destination, it's important to take necessary precautions. It's recommended to stay informed about the current situation, follow local guidelines, avoid walking alone at night, and secure your belongings.

Zimbabwe has multiple official languages. The most widely spoken language is Shona, followed by Ndebele. English is also an official language and is commonly used for business, education, and government affairs.

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