Weather & Climate – Zimbabwe
Climate Chart Victoria Falls – 915m / 3,117ft
Zimbabwe enjoys a lovely, temperate climate. The central highveld plateau has temperatures coming up to 28°C/82°F. Lower-lying parks such as Hwange and Zambezi NP are warmer year-round and temperatures can reach 31°C/88°F. Mana Pools, Matusadona and Gonarezhou are even lower and get hot, with temperatures soaring to 35°C/95°. The Eastern highlands are much colder and receive significantly more rain.
During the Wet season, from November to March, rains usually fall in heavy afternoon showers, but they can sometimes be lighter and continuous for a couple of days. The Dry season, from April to October, is pretty much rain- free and colder. Nights and mornings can be as cold as 5°C/41°F to freezing, but daytime temperatures are still pleasant with a great deal of sunshine. Zimbabwe experiences winter and summer in opposite times as Europe and North America and they correspond to the Dry and Wet season.
Victoria Falls' climate compared to Zimbabwe's parks
Victoria Falls has a comparable climate to the popular parks Hwange and Zambezi. These areas enjoy warm to hot weather in the Wet season. In the Dry season, it is still very pleasant during the day, but nighttime and mornings will be cold. Mana Pools, Matusadona and Gonarezhou have lower altitudes and are hotter. Temperatures increase by about 6°C for every 1,000m you descend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). Parks on the central highveld plateau such as Matobo have a slightly cooler climate while Nyanga at the Eastern highlands is quite cold by comparison and has higher rainfall figures of up to 2,000mm per annum.
Dry season –April to October – Winter
During the Dry season, there is virtually no rainfall, and humidity is low. Wildlife will concentrate around waterholes and rivers when other water sources dry up.