Best Time to Visit – Mana Pools NP

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The best time for wildlife viewing in Mana Pools National Park is during the Dry season, from June to October. Animals are easier to spot because the dry weather thins the bush and wildlife concentrates around the Zambezi River.

Best Time June to October (Dry season)
High Season July to September (Mana Pools is seldom busy)
Low Season January to June (Many lodges close from January to March)
Best Weather April to September (Rains rarely fall)
Worst Weather October to February (Hot and humid once the rains start)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot since the bush thins out and animals come to drink at the Zambezi River
  • Sun-filled, clear days with no rain
  • Malaria risk is lessened since there are few mosquitoes
  • With the exception of October, there is little humidity, making the afternoon heat more bearable
  • There is a lot of dust and drought
  • It is cold in the early mornings

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Fresh, green scenery
  • Newborn animals are common
  • The arrival of the migratory birds makes birding superb
  • Wet, muddy roads can become treacherous or even impassable
  • The Dry season is better for wildlife viewing
  • It is damp with high humidity – the afternoons are hot
  • During January to March, many accommodations are closed

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