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). At that time many camps in Kafue, Lower Zambezi and the more remote parks shut down. The Mfuwe section of South Luangwa can be visited at any time of year.
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Lusaka’s Climate Compared to 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 National Park. The climate of the lower-lying South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks 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 humidity is low. Thirsty animals crowd around the waterholes and rivers to drink.
Dry Season Photos
Wet Season –November to April – Summer
Due to high rainfall and bad roads, the Wet season months from December to March are not ideal for visiting Zambia.