​Best Time To Visit – Matobo NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

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Wildlife viewing in Matobo National Park is at its best during the middle and end of the Dry season, from June to October, when animals stick close to water sources and the bush is thinner. The scenery is most impressive in the Wet season, from November to March, when vegetation is at its greenest and skies are crisp. Birding is also best over November to April, when migrant birds are present and many resident species go into breeding plumage.


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Best Time June to October (Middle to end of the Dry season)
High Season July to September (Matobo doesn't get too busy)
Low Season January to June
Best Weather April to September (Rains are a rarity)
Worst Weather November to March (Wet season)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Animals are more easily spotted as they come to drink at the rivers and waterholes
  • Skies are always bright and rarely cloudy
  • There are fewer mosquitoes in dry weather, so malaria is less of a risk
  • The air is dusty and dry
  • Early morning game drives in open vehicles are very cold

November to March Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is green and beautiful
  • Newborn animals are abundant
  • Bird watching is at prime time since the migratory birds have arrived
  • During low season, rates might be lower
  • Some roads might become difficult to travel
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the Dry season
  • It is hot and humid in the daytime

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