The best time to visit Zambia

Victoria Falls from above Zambia and Zimbabwe
You can visit Victoria Falls year round, but water levels vary by season

Zambia at a Glance: Best Time to Visit

Recommended time to visit: The dry seasons from May to November are better than the wet season for visiting. Wildlife gathers around the scarcer water sources and there is less vegetation to conceal species from you. Specifically, the cooler dry season from May until mid-August offers more pleasant game viewing conditions

Less popular time to visit: Most safari camps are closed from January to February, when the rains are at their heaviest. The water levels at Victoria Falls are on the up, but if you're planning a Zambia safari, you should probably wait a couple of months.

Best time for wildlife: The cool dry season from May - mid-August offers the best conditions but this is peak season, so you'll pay more. For a more budget-friendly Zambia safari, the shoulder months of June and September are mostly dry, with safari camps offering much better deals.

Best time to visit Victoria Falls: You'll want to visit the mighty falls when they're at their fullest from February - May, with March in particular tending to offer the best spectacle. For more detail, check out our guide to visiting Victoria Falls.

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Climate | Lusaka

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Climate | South Luangwa National Park

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See Also

Our handy Travel Resources are an excellent source of information for planning your visit to Zambia so have a look at the below:

Zambia tours - Our tour offering in Zambia
Best Places to Visit - Zambia's best national parks and cities to visit
Top Travel Tips - Useful information about Zambia
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Zambia
About Overland Safaris - what to expect on an overland expedition in Africa
About Lodge Safaris - all you need to know about lodge accommodated safaris
Safari Wildlife Guide - where to find Africa's most iconic wildlife
Spotting Africa's Big 5 - our guide to the Big 5 and the best places to find them
The Best National Parks in Africa - our blog about the continent's best national parks

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