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Best time to visit Zimbabwe

There is no bad time to visit Zimbabwe and it can be considered a year round destination,  but  a general guideline is that wildlife viewing is best in the drier months - June, July and August are considered peak times.  It's often chilly at night and mornings are fresh during this time,  but it soon warms up as the day progresses.

Zimbabwe's generally high altitudes mean the country has a moderate climate with higher temperatures from November to April (summer) and lower temperatures from May to October. Temperatures rarely fall below 7°c or rise above 35°c., although nightime temperatures can fall below freezing.

The rainy season usually lasts from November to March and provides most of the annual rainfall. Days tend to be sunny with a dramatic afternoon or evening thunderstorm. The end of the hot, dry season lasts from August to October. The best months to visit are April and May and August to September.


Dry Season in Zimbabwe (April to October)

These months are traditionally seen as the best months to come for wildlife, especially from June to October, as the land is drying out and grasses die down making it much easier to see game. There is virtually no rainfall during this time and with low humidity the climate is pleasant. Waterholes and rivers become busy and well visited by wildlife as other water resources start to dry up.

Wet Season in Zimbabwe (November to March)

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