​Best Time to Visit – Matusadona 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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The best wildlife viewing in Matusadona National Park takes place from June to October, during the Dry season. Animals are easier to observe because the bush thins out and wildlife gathers around Lake Kariba.

Best Time July to October (Dry season)
High Season July to September (Matusadona is never crowded)
Low Season January to June (From January to March many lodges shut down)
Best Weather April to September (Sunny days)
Worst Weather October to February (Hot and humid once the rains start)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to observe because animals come down to drink at the lake
  • It rains very little, and there is a lot of sunshine
  • The chance of contracting malaria is small since there are few mosquitoes
  • It is cooler (Except for in October)
  • There is a lot of dust and drought
  • Morning game drives get cold, it is advised to bring warm clothing

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is crisp and green
  • Baby animals can be seen
  • Migratory birds have arrived, so birding is at its best
  • Some roads become difficult to navigate and rivers might flood
  • Wildlife viewing is better during the Dry season
  • It is hot and humid
  • From January to March many lodges are closed

Wildlife Photos

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