Best Time to Visit – Hwange NP

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July to October, in 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 April when migratory birds are present.

Best Time July to October (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 (Wet season)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot since waterholes become a place for animals to gather and thinned vegetation assures they are more easily seen
  • Bright skies are common, it hardly ever rains
  • May to September is the best time to visit Victoria Falls
  • The numbers of mosquitoes are few, so malaria risk is at a minimum
  • The heat seems less oppressive (except in October) since there is little humidity
  • Main Camp area can become crowded
  • It is dusty and dry
  • Early morning game drives in open vehicles are cold

November to April Wet Season – Summer

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

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