Weather & Climate – Kasanka NP

Alan Murphy
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Climate Chart Kasanka National Park

Climate Chart Kasanka National Park – 1,173-1,267m / 3,848-4,157ft

* 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.

Kasanka has a distinct Wet and Dry season and a hot climate. Located in Africa’s tropical zone, the average temperature doesn’t change much from month to month – although in October temperatures do increase before the rains. Nights are generally cooler, especially in the Dry season, from May to August.

Dry season May to October

There is almost no rain in the Dry season. It is warm during the day, but cold at night and in the early morning. Warm clothing is essential for early morning game drives.

  • May – At the start of the Dry season, the bush is still thick, and there’s plenty of water around, but rainfall has become negligible.
  • June & July – Rainfall has ceased, and the bush is drying out. With daytime temperatures of around 24°C/75°F, the coolest months have arrived. Cold nights can be expected with temperatures averaging a paltry 9°C/48°F.
  • August & September – The lack of rainfall continues into these months. The vegetation is starting to wilt. The heat is increasing – September has an average daytime temperature of 29°C/84°F. Mornings are fairly mild at 13°C/55°F on average.
  • October – Rising temperatures average 31°C/88°F. Peak temperatures can be much higher, and the heat can become oppressive during the day. Mornings are mild with temperatures around 16°C/61°F. The first rainfall is normally experienced during October, and temperatures drop after the rain.

Wet season November to April

This time of year is warm and wet. It rains a lot and thunderstorms are often dramatic. The bush is lush, and when it’s not raining, there are clear skies.

  • November – If rain hasn’t begun in late October, it usually comes in November. The bush is tinder dry, so the rain is a relief. The average daytime temperature is 29°C/84°F. Rainfall mostly comes in the form of afternoon thunderstorms.
  • December & January, February, March – These are the wettest months, and it rains a lot, but there is often sunshine during the day as well. Daytime temperatures average 27°C/81°F, while night and early morning temperatures average 17°C/63°F.
  • April – This is a lovely month as the rain is winding down, but the landscape is lush and green.

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