Best Time to Visit – North Luangwa NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

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

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

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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The operators working in North Luangwa only conduct their safaris in the Dry season, from June to October. The remoteness of the park and lack of infrastructure makes it almost impossible to visit during the Wet season.

July to October is the middle and end of the Dry season, and these are the best wildlife viewing months – animals congregate around the remaining water sources. However, October is extremely hot which some people find difficult.

Best Time July to October (The bush is dry, and animals are easy to find)
High Season July to October (The park is little visited and never gets busy)
Low Season Never (The lodges are closed in the Wet season)
Best Weather April to August (It is cooler and it hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather October to March (Hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is at its best
  • Rainfall is rare and it is sunny
  • Malaria risk is minimal, and there are fewer mosquitos around
  • The sky is very hazy, and the bush is very dry
  • October is unbearably hot
  • Mornings are cold from June to August; warm clothing is necessary

November to April Wet Season

  • The scenery is green, and the air is fresh
  • Best time for birding as migrants swoop in
  • Many newborn animals make their first appearance
  • Camps in the wilderness area are closed, and operators don’t conduct tours
  • Wildlife viewing is better in the Dry season
  • Very hot with high humidity levels
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season
  • The roads become bad and are often impassable

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