Chizarira enjoys a mild, temperate climate. The warmest months are September to March, and the coldest are May to August. The altitude in Chizarira varies greatly from 704 to 1,240m (2,310 to 4,068ft). For every 1,000m you travel upward, temperatures fall approximately 6.5C (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft), so it is possible to experience a variety of climates inside the park.
The Dry season (April to October) is a time of fine, sunny skies. The Wet season is from November to March. Rains tend to come in heavy, afternoon showers and are often followed by sunshine. Alternately, it can drizzle for several days in a row. Winter and summer occur at opposite times as in Europe and North America and correspond to the Dry and Wet season.
Dry season–April to October – Winter
April – This is the end of the Wet season. There might still be a bit of rain, but it is becoming more and more sporadic. It is cooling down now, especially at night.
May, June, July & August – These are the coldest winter months, although it starts to warm up a bit in August. It is almost completely dry, and the vegetation and air just get drier as winter goes on. Daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79°F, but at night and in the early morning the temperature is around 10°C/50°F.
September & October – These months are still dry, but the first rains usually arrive by late October. This comes as a great relief after months of dryness. It gets hot during the day with temperatures reaching over 31°C/88°F and morning game drives are less cold. October is the hottest month, and temperatures up to 40°C/104°F are common in the lower-lying areas of the park.
Wet season–November to March – Summer
November – The rains have really started now, although it won’t rain every day.
December, January & February – These are the wettest months. It will rain most days, but seldom for the whole day. Rains are usually afternoon showers, followed by hours of sunshine. But it can also drizzle continuously for a couple of days. Daytime temperatures average 28°C/82°F, while night and early morning averages 19°C/66°F.
March – The rains will slow down, as this is the end of the Wet season. Temperatures average between 29°C/84°F and 17°C/63°F during the day and night respectively.