​Best Time To Visit – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

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From July to October, during the middle and end of the Dry season, is the prime time for wildlife viewing in Hwange National Park. The many waterholes become gathering places for animals, while the thinning vegetation makes them easier to spot. Keen birders, however, might enjoy the summer months from November to March when migratory birds are present.


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Best Time July to October (Middle and end of the Dry season)
High Season June to October (Hwange’s main area can become crowded)
Low Season January to May (Some lodges close during part of the Wet season)
Best Weather April to September (It hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather December to March (Wettest time)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot
  • The sky is blue and it hardly ever rains
  • Malaria risk is at a minimum
  • The heat is less oppressive (except in October)
  • The Main Camp area can become crowded
  • It is dusty and dry
  • Early morning game drives in open vehicles are cold

November to March Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is green and fresh
  • There are few visitors and rates might be lower
  • Baby animals are plentiful
  • Migratory birds arrive and this is the best time for birding
  • Some roads become challenging or even impassable
  • Wildlife viewing is better in the Dry season
  • It is very hot, especially in the afternoons
  • Some camps and lodges close from January to March

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