Best Time to Visit – Gonarezhou NP

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June to October, in the Dry season, is the best time for watching wildlife in Gonarezhou National Park. Spotting animals is easier in these months because wildlife gathers around water sources and the vegetation has thinned out. During the Wet season (November to April), access to certain parts of the park is restricted.

Best Time June to October (During the Dry season)
High Season June to August (Gonarezhou is rarely busy)
Low Season January to May (Some accommodations close from January to March)
Best Weather April to September (Rains are extremely rare)
Worst Weather November to March (During the Wet season)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Animals are easier to spot because they congregate around waterholes and rivers and vegetation is thinner
  • Clear skies and little rain
  • Minimal malaria risk, as mosquitoes are less numerous
  • There is less humidity, so the afternoon heat is easier to bear (except in October)
  • It is arid and dusty
  • Game drives in the early morning are cold; bring warm, wind-proof clothing

November to March Wet Season – Summer

  • There is a fresh, green landscape
  • There are many newborn animals
  • Arrival of the migratory birds makes bird watching great
  • Some roads become difficult to navigate and access to parts of the park might be restricted
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the Dry season
  • Midday is humid and hot
  • Many accommodations shut down from January to March

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