Best Time to Visit – South Luangwa 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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July to November are the best wildlife-viewing months. This is the middle and end of the Dry season and water in the bush has dried up, so animals congregate around the rivers and watercourses. However, October and November are extremely hot, and some people may find conditions difficult to cope with in these months.

Best Time July to the middle of November (The bush is dry, and animals are easy to find)
High Season July to October (Mfuwe, South Luangwa’s main area, can become busy and high season rates apply)
Low Season Mid-November to May (Some lodges close during part of the Wet season, low season rates apply)
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

  • Animals gather around the river and vegetation thins, prime wildlife-viewing time
  • Lots of sunshine, rarely interrupted by rains
  • Fewer mosquitos means less risk of malaria
  • The Mfuwe area, where most lodges are situated, can become busy
  • High season rates apply from July to October
  • The sky is very hazy, and the bush looks parched
  • October is unbearably hot
  • Mornings are cold from June to August; pack warm clothing

November to April Wet Season

  • This is the ‘emerald season’ – the scenery is green and the air fresh
  • There are very few tourists, and rates are lower
  • Best time for birding enthusiasts with migrants present
  • There are many newborn animals
  • Wildlife viewing is superior in the Dry season
  • It is very hot and humid
  • Some lodges close from December to March
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season
  • Some dirt roads become difficult to drive and are even impassable

Wildlife Photos

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