​Weather & Climate – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
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.

Climate Chart Hwange National Park

Climate Chart Hwange National Park – 850-1,133m / 2,789-3,717ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Hwange National Park experiences a warm climate. The warmest months are September to March, while May to August are the coolest. The Dry season, from April to October, brings fine weather. Afternoon showers are common in the Wet season from November to March. Winter corresponds to the Dry season and summer to the Wet.

Dry season April to October – Winter

  • April – This month brings an end to the Wet season with rains becoming increasingly less. The nights are cool. Prepare for early morning games drives in open vehicles to be cold.
  • May, June, July & August – The coldest months of winter (although it starts to warm up a bit in August). It is a very dry time. Daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79°F, but it gets cold at night with average temperatures of around 8°C/46°F.
  • September & October – The first rains usually arrive late October. This settles the dust and brings new vegetation. Daytime temperatures are over 32°C/90°F. October is the hottest month, and temperatures frequently peak over 40°C/104°F.

Wet season November to March – Summer

  • November – This month brings a start to the rainy season, although it is rare for rain to fall every day. It is hot, and daytime temperatures average around 32°C/90°F.
  • December, January & February – The wettest months bring rain most afternoons. Daytime temperatures average 29°C/84°F, while night and early mornings average 18°C/64°F.
  • March – Temperatures average between 30°C/86°F and 16°C/61°F, and the Wet season slowly comes to an end.

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