​Weather & Climate – Matobo 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 Matobo National Park

Climate Chart Matobo National Park – 1,169-1,462m / 3,835-4,797ft

* 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.

Matobo National Park's weather is temperate and fair. The warmest period is from September to March. May to August is cooler during the day and it gets very cold at night. The Dry season is made up of clear, sun-filled days from April to October. During the Wet season, which takes place from November to March, afternoon showers are common.

Dry season April to October – Winter

  • April – There is sporadic rain as the Wet season comes to an end and it starts to cool down. Early morning game drives in open vehicles are cold.
  • May, June, July & August – These are primarily cold and dry months. Daytime temperatures are around 22°C/72°F, but it gets very cold at night and in the early morning, with average temperatures of around 5°C/41°F. Warm winter clothing is essential for early morning game drives.
  • September & October – With the exception of late October (the hottest month) and the arrival of the rainy season, these two months are dry. It gets warmer during the day, with temperatures reaching over 28°C/82°F.

Wet season November to March – Summer

  • November – It rains steadily now, though not every day.
  • December, January & February – These are the wettest months, and it rains almost every day. Showers are mostly short, and they rarely last all day, with the sun coming out afterward. Daytime temperatures average 27°C/81°F while night and early morning average 15°C/59°F.
  • March – The rains slow down. Temperatures average between 27°C/81°F and 14°C/57°F during the daytime and nighttime respectively.

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