Zimbabwe is one of Southern Africa’s premier safari destinations. It is famous for its guides who are some of the most qualified in Africa as well as excellent game densities in the national parks. The traditional safari season in Africa is June to the end of October when vegetation is less dense and wildlife is drawn to water sources.
Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa, but it is all in the timing. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year, which not only affects what you get to see but also what you can do, with certain activities only available at certain levels of flow. Here we give our rundown of water levels throughout the year, what you can expect to see and when best to go based on what you want to do.
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Somalisa Camp is a charming and authentic tented safari camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Somalisa's passionate guides are incredibly knowledgeable, so game drives and guided walks are thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of wildlife to be found.
There is no doubt that the Victoria Falls are an impressive sight, but we are often asked which side is best. Technically visiting the Zimbabwean side will allow you to view 70% of the Falls and there are more viewing points, but some of the most popular experiences to be had are only available on the Zambian side. Here we give you our top five points to consider when deciding whether to plump for Zambia or Zimbabwe.
When to go to Zimbabwe
This part of Southern Africa has a wonderful temperate climate and can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is during the two dry seasons from May to the end of October.
The Dry Season - May to August
The days are warm and skies are clear but the night time temperatures can drop considerably. The landscape is still green and lush at this time.
In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains.
The Hot Dry Season - September to November
This is the best time to see wildlife as flora is sparse. October can get very hot in the low-lying areas, with temperatures well above 32°C/90°F.
September is the best time for a trip to see Victoria Falls. The water levels are low, the spray doesn't block the view and the view points are clear. Game viewing is at its best because there is less vegetation
The Wet Season - December to April
The wet season from December through to April is generally hot in the day and warm at night. This season is is ideal for bird-watching as migratory birds are present. Many animals give birth. Due to tall vegetation, wildlife is more difficult to spot.
Rains come mostly in the form of short showers late in the afternoon, but the dirt roads become impassable. This is when most camps close down.