Weather & Climate – Zambia
Climate Chart Lusaka – 1,300m / 4,265ft
The Dry season in Zambia is a lovely time to visit – it’s divided into a cooler period (May to August) and a hotter one (September and October). Zambia is right in the tropics and gets lots of rain in the Wet season (November to April). If you arrive then, you’ll find that many areas are cut off, and that most camps in Kafue, Lower Zambezi and the more remote parks have shut down. Not the Mfuwe section of South Luangwa, however, which you can visit at any time of year. The further north you go, the earlier the rains come and the later they leave, while the eastern and higher areas get more drenched than the western and lowland areas.
Lusaka’s Climate Compared with Zambia’s parks
The climate of the capital, Lusaka, is the same as that of the higher areas of central and southern Zambia, including Kafue NP. The climate of the lower-lying South Luangwa NP and Lower Zambezi NP is considerably hotter: temperatures rise by about 6°C for every 1,000m you descend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft).
Dry season –May to October – Winter
In winter, there’s hardly any rain and low humidity. Thirsty animals crowd around the waterholes and rivers to drink.