Best Time to Visit – Mosi-oa-Tunya NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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Wildlife viewing in Mosi-oa-Tunya isn’t influenced very much by the seasons because it’s very small and contained. Elephants regularly move in and out of the park, as they can swim across the river. Their concentration in the park is highest in the dry months, from July to September. The best time to see Victoria Falls is from May to September.

Best Time May to September (This is the best time to see the waterfall, and it is good for wildlife viewing too)
High Season July to October (The park can become busy and high-season rates apply)
Low Season January to June (Lodges might offer better rates)
Best Weather April to September (It hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather October to March (Hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season

  • May to September is the best time to visit Victoria Falls
  • Wildlife is easy to spot as vegetation is thinning out
  • It is usually sunny
  • There is less chance of catching malaria
  • May to August is cooler, and the humidity is lower
  • Victoria Falls gets crowded
  • It is dusty, and the sky is hazy
  • May to August can be cold – bring warm clothing

November to April Wet Season

  • The landscape is lush and green
  • Newborn animals are present
  • Migratory birds can be seen – bird watching is at its best
  • From October to December the flow of the Zambezi River is at its lowest, and the waterfall might be reduced to a trickle
  • The heat and humidity can become unbearable

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