Weather & Climate – Niassa NR

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Climate Chart Niassa National Reserve

Climate Chart Niassa NR – 146-1,269m / 479-4,163ft

* 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.

Niassa has a tropical, hot climate with a Wet and Dry season. The dry, cool season from May to October is preferable for a safari as it offers the most comfortable travel conditions. This time of year also coincides with the best wildlife viewing months.

Dry Season May to October

The ideal time of year for wildlife viewing with animal sightings getting better as the season progresses. The days are nice and warm, while nights are cool.

  • May – The beginning of the Dry season. The bush hasn’t dried out yet but there isn’t a lot of rain around either.
  • June & July – With daytime temperatures around 28°C/81°F, these months are the mildest. At nighttime it cools down considerably with average temperatures of around 17°C/57°F. Rainfall is rare and the bush is becoming parched. Warm clothing for morning drives is recommended.
  • August & September – It is getting warm now with September’s average temperature during the day hovering around 31°C/88°F. It is very dry indeed with no sign of precipitation. Mornings are lovely and cool.
  • October – At this time of the year, the heat can be challenging in the middle of the day. Temperatures reach an average of 33°C/93°F.

Wet Season November to April

During the humid Wet season, the roads might deteriorate due to heavy rain and the park may be closed from December to the end of April. Frequent showers in the afternoon can turn into spectacular thunderstorms.

  • November – Conditions are uncomfortably hot and humid during November so it’s a relief when the rains start. The bush has taken on a very parched look and the average daytime temperature usually hovers around 33°C/93°F. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoon.
  • December, January, February & March – The park might be closed during these months. It is the wettest time of the year, although it’s rarely wet all day. Daytime temperatures average 31°C/86°F, while nighttime temperatures average 22°C/70°F.
  • April – The park might be closed as roads are usually in bad condition. The rain is easing off. Landscapes are gorgeous at this time of year, with the bush thick and many shades of green.

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