Weather & Climate – 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.

Climate Chart Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

Climate Chart Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – 710-994m / 2,329-3,261ft

* 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.

The climate in Mosi-oa-Tunya is hot, and the park experiences a Wet and Dry season. Being in the tropical zone, average temperatures tend to be rather uniform throughout the year. There is, however, an increase in the temperature during October, before the rains begin. In the Dry season, from May to August, it can get cold at night.

Dry season May to October

There is very little rain in the Dry season. The bush gets drier as the season advances. It is hot in the daytime, but cool at night.

  • May – This marks the commencement of the Dry season. The bush is still lush, and there is a lot of water around, but rainfall has become minimal.
  • June & July – The rain has stopped. June and July are the coolest months in the year – daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79°F. It is cold at night with average temperatures of about 7°C/45°F. Warm clothing for early morning drives is essential.
  • August & September – The bush is very dry as there is no rain. It is getting warmer as well. September’s daytime temperature is about 33°C/91°F. Mornings are getting warmer too.
  • October – Temperatures keep escalating and average 36°C/97°F. They can get much higher though, becoming unbearable in the daytime. The best time of day is in the morning, with temperatures around 18°C/64°F. The first rain usually falls this month causing temperatures to decrease.

Wet season November to April

This season maintains the heat and brings the rains. Afternoon showers are common, and so are impressive thunderstorms. Skies are clear, and the landscape is many shades of green.

  • November – If rain hasn’t already begun in late October, it should start in November. It comes as a relief because the bush is so dry. The average daytime temperature is 34°C/93°F, making conditions very hot. Rain mostly comes in afternoon thunderstorms.
  • December, January, February & March – These are the wettest months – it rains most days, but rarely all day. Daytime temperatures average 31°C/88°F, and at nighttime and in the early morning expect 20°C/68°F.
  • April – A great month for travel as the rain is winding down, but the land is lush and green.

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