Best Time to Visit – Lochinvar NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
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.

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Water sources in the bush dry out from July to October – the middle and end of the Dry season. At this time animals tend to congregate around the Chunga lagoon, the main area accessible to visitors. Therefore, July to October are the best wildlife viewing months. The floodplains might be difficult to access during the Wet season.

Best Time July to the middle of November (The bush is dry, and animals are easy to find)
High Season Never (The park is rarely visited)
Low Season Never (The park is rarely visited)
Best Weather April to August (It is cooler and it hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather October to March (Hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is at its best during the dry months
  • It is sunny, and it rarely rains
  • There are few mosquitos, and the risk of malaria is minimal
  • The sky is very hazy, and the bush looks parched
  • October is very hot
  • Mornings are cold and warm clothing is necessary

November to April Wet Season

  • Scenery is green and fresh – this is called the ‘emerald season’
  • December to January is the mating season for the Kafue lechwe
  • The best time for birding as migrants are present
  • Many newborn animals are seen
  • The floodplains become difficult to approach
  • Wildlife viewing is better in the Dry season
  • Roads are in bad condition, and game drives are more limited
  • Hot and humid conditions
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season

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