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Best time to visit Zambia

The best time to visit Zambia depends on the type of experience you’re after.  The most popular time is during the short dry period, between April and September when the game congregates near the waterholes. July is an ideal time weather-wise, as temperatures are warm but not overly so; it’s also when Livingstone Island opens to visitors each year.

Meanwhile, one of the most underrated times of year – the Emerald Season – runs from November to March (when it rains) and April to May (when the bush dries out). During this time, there is wonderful birding, excellent photography opportunities due to less dust, an abundance of young nursery herds, superb boating on the high Luangwa river and a lush green bush bathed in spectacular light. It is also excellent value with lower rates.

Climate charts for cities and places within Zambia

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Livingstone

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 3188 3086 2882 2679 2679 2984 3391 3493 3391 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 1864 1661 1152 846 745 1050 1559 1966 2068 2068
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1717 1406 763 201 30 0 0 0 10 201 643 1636
Rainy Days 15 13 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 15
Humidity H H H H M N L L H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lower Zambezi National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3188 3290 3290 3086 2882 2882 3188 3493 3697 3595 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2170 1966 1559 1254 1254 1457 1966 2272 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1897 1636 964 201 30 0 0 0 0 90 622 1787
Rainy Days 17 14 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 15
Humidity VH VH H H M L L M H VH VH VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lusaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2882 2679 2577 2373 2373 2679 2984 3188 2984 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1661 1559 1152 1050 948 1152 1457 1864 1763 1763
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2169 1807 853 301 40 0 0 0 10 161 904 1998
Rainy Days 17 16 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 17
Humidity L L L L N N N N M M M L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mfuwe

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2984 3188 3493 3697 3595 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 2068 1864 1457 1152 1152 1355 1661 2068 2170 2170
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2179 1837 1275 462 40 0 0 0 0 141 813 1727
Rainy Days 19 16 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 18
Humidity H H H H M M M M H VH VH VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A