The Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

Seasons and Weather

Zimbabwe experiences an increasingly unpredictable cycle of seasons though generally speaking the hot, dry season takes place between April and October while the wet season occurs from November to March.

The appearance of Victoria Falls changes with the seasons depending on the volume of water in the Zambezi River. After the summer rains from February to May the Falls are at their most spectacular with gallons of water plummeting over the edge. Between October and November the water level is at its lowest though the lack of spray does mean better visibility and panoramic views of the Falls. Ultimately, when you go depends on what you want from the experience whether that's the Falls at their most powerful or the chance to get closer to this natural wonder.

If it's a spectacle that you're after then the best time to visit Vic Falls is between February and May. This coincides with the tail end of the wet season so the water volume is at its greatest and the world's largest sheet of tumbling water is most impressive. The spray created by this power does affect visibility and whitewater rafting is no longer available. However, it's the best time to head to the skies for a staggering bird's eye view.

It's best to avoid the months of October and November. These are the shoulder months between the dry and wet seasons when water levels are at their lowest and humidity and heat at their highest.

Victoria Falls from above - Zimbabwe - On The Go Tours
The months of February to May are great for a bird's eye view of Vic Falls

Vic Falls Travel Calendar

December to March - The peak of the wet season with water volume steadily building over the course of four months. Thunderstorms are common and rafting finishes for the season.

April to June - The rains clear up and the Falls swell with water after the wet season, which means maximum spray. The pleasant weather conditions are perfect for outdoor activities.

July to August - This is the best time for visibility when falling water levels results in less spray. It coincides with peak tourist season so prices are higher. Rafting season begins again.

September to November - It's the end of the dry season so the water volume is at its lowest. Not the best time to see the Falls and the weather can be unbearable as it's hot and humid.

Hippos in Chobe National Park Botswana - On The Go Tours
Visit Vic Falls between June and August for safari in neighbouring Botswana

Combining Vic Falls with a safari holiday

If you're thinking of combining a visit to Victoria Falls with a safari in neighbouring Botswana and the Chobe National Park then the best months are June to August when there's still a good volume of water flowing and conditions are dry in Botswana and ideal for wildlife spotting. There's hardly any rain and temperatures are pleasantly hot so it's a great time for all manner of outdoor adventure.

If you prefer to safari in South Africa and the world-famous Kruger National Park then the best months are July to August. Like elsewhere in the region it's the dry season and game viewing is ideal as the lack of rain means thinner vegetation with animals congregating around particular watering holes.

Climate | Victoria Falls

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