Best Time to Visit – Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

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The Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is in the dry winter months from June to September. At this time water is scarce and animals gather around the few remaining water sources. The vegetation is also thinner during these months, which makes it easier to spot wildlife.

Best Time June to September (Animals congregate around water sources)
High Season July to November (The area never gets crowded)
Low Season December to June (Low season rates may apply in some lodges)
Best Weather May to August (Less hot during the day)
Worst Weather September to February (Very hot)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Best time for wildlife viewing
  • Warm weather, but not oppressively hot (except for October)
  • The area never gets busy
  • It is very dry and dusty and the sky can be hazy

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is more attractive with many flowers and skies are clear
  • Wildlife looks healthy and there are baby animals around
  • Excellent time for birding with migrants present
  • It never rains for long and the rain is a relief after a long dry period
  • It tends to be oppressively hot
  • Wildlife viewing is less productive

Wildlife Photos

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