Best Time to Visit – Bangweulu Wetlands

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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The best time to see the amazing herds of rare black lechwe in Bangweulu is in June and July when water levels have receded, and grass attracts the grazers. May is the best time to find the shoebill stork. The middle of the Wet season (from December to April) is best for general bird watching, but conditions are difficult. At this time, there are many insects, it rains a lot, and water levels are high so November might be a better compromise.

Best Time May to July (Best time for finding shoebill stork and herds of black lechwe)
High Season Never (The park is never busy)
Low Season Never (The park is never busy)
Best Weather April to September (It is cool and it hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather December to March (It rains a lot)

May to October Dry Season

  • May to August is the best time to see the shoebill stork
  • June to July is the best time to see big herds of lechwe and other grazers
  • It is sunny and it rarely rains
  • Low water levels allow for game drives and canoe trips
  • The sky is very hazy, and the bush looks parched in September-October
  • Mornings are cold from May to August

November to April Wet Season

  • The first rain (in November) brings new grass attracting the lechwe and other grazers
  • Water levels are highest in March and April, making it a wetland paradise
  • Scenery is green and fresh
  • Best birding time as migrants are present
  • Game drives aren’t possible from about December to April, only canoe trips
  • Very hot and humid
  • Many insects and mosquitoes
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season

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