​Weather & Climate – Matusadona 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 Matusadona National Park

Climate Chart Matusadona National Park – 486-1,274m / 1,594-4,180ft

* 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.

Matusadona National Park has a warm to hot climate. September to April is hot, while May to August is cooler. Sunshine often follows the afternoon rains that take place during the Wet season (November to March). During the Dry season (April to October) bright, sunlit skies are normal. Winter and summer are at opposite times of those seasons in Europe, Asia and North America and correspond to the Dry and Wet seasons.

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Dry Season April to October – Winter

  • April – It is cooling down now, especially at night. Rains gradually taper off.
  • May, June, July & August – Dryness is typical of these winter months. Daytime temperatures hover around 26°C/79°F, but nights and early mornings are cooler at about 12°C/54°F. Early morning game drives in open vehicles are cold, so bring enough warm clothing.
  • September & October – These months are mostly dry until the first isolated showers arrive, usually by late October. It gets very hot during the day with average temperatures of 33°C/91°F in October. Scorching peaks of over 40°C/104°F are common.

Wet Season November to March – Summer

  • November – The rains increase, although it might not happen daily. The high temperatures (32°C/90°F on average) and increased humidity can be oppressive.
  • December, January & February – Rain usually comes in the form of afternoon storms. These are the wettest months. Daytime temperatures average 31°C/88°F, while night and early morning average 17°C/63°F.
  • March – The rains lessen with the ending of the Wet season. Temperatures average between 31°C/88°F and 16°C/61°F between the day and night.

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