​Weather & Climate – Mana Pools 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 Mana Pools National Park

Climate Chart Mana Pools National Park – 329-1,180m / 1,079-3,871ft

* 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.

Mana Pools National Park has a warm climate. September to March is the warmest time of the year, while May to August makes up the coolest period. The Dry season (winter), from April to October, brings pleasant weather and a bright, clear sky. Downpours followed by sunny skies are typical of the Wet season (summer), from November to March.

Dry Season April to October – Winter

  • April – This is when the Wet season ends. It cools down – particularly at night, and the rains occur with less and less frequency.
  • May, June, July & August – These months are typically the coldest and driest. Daytime temperatures are around 28°C/82°F, but at night and during the early mornings the temperature hovers around 12°C/54°F. Warm clothes are essential for early morning game drives.
  • September & October – The first rains take place in late October, which brings a much-needed break from the dry weather. The heat reaches its peak in October, with average temperatures of 35°C/95°F during the day (with it frequently rising to well over 40°C/104°F).

Wet Season November to March – Summer

  • November – The rains are in full force, although it would be unusual for them to occur every day. It often feels uncomfortably hot due to the high temperatures (33°C/91°F on average) and increased humidity.
  • December, January & February – During the wettest months, it rarely rains all day, but afternoon showers are common. Daytime temperatures average 30°C/86°F, while night and early morning average 20°C/68°F.
  • March – The rains decrease. Temperatures average between 30°C/86°F and 19°C/66°F.

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