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Best time to visit Zimbabwe

The best time to visit Zimbabwe depends very much upon your particular interests as the climate is warm all year round.

The traditional safari season runs from the end of April to October. This is when vegetation cover is thin and the wildlife is drawn to water sources, providing the best opportunities to spot the animals. Be prepared for the hottest temperatures from September through to November.

Zimbabwe’s so called ‘green’ season, when most of the rain falls, runs from November to the beginning of January and offers excellent rates, phenomenal birdwatching and the chance to see newborn animals.

If you want to witness Victoria Falls in full flood then visit between February and May at the end of the rainy season, although be prepared to get wet if you go up close! However, the falls are spectacular at other times of the year when the incredible rock formations underneath the waters are visible.

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Zimbabwe

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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Bulawayo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2781 2781 2679 2475 2170 2170 2475 2882 2984 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1254 846 541 541 846 1152 1457 1559 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1245 1104 552 341 80 30 10 10 70 371 904 1235
Rainy Days 12 11 7 4 2 1 1 1 1 5 10 13
Humidity E E E VH VH H H VH E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H 7/H 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

Great Zimbabwe

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2679 2577 2373 2170 2170 2475 2781 2984 2882 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1661 1559 1355 948 643 643 846 1152 1559 1661 1763
Sunshine hours 8 7 8 8 9 8 9 9 9 8 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1857 1667 1315 412 151 161 90 90 110 301 853 1667
Rainy Days 13 11 8 4 3 2 2 2 2 5 9 13
Humidity E E E VH VH H H VH VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H 7/H 8/VH 10/VH 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

Harare

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2373 2272 2170 2475 2781 2984 2882 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1457 1254 846 643 541 745 1050 1355 1559 1661
Sunshine hours 7 6 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2098 1817 1165 442 80 20 20 20 60 381 1004 1797
Rainy Days 17 15 11 6 2 1 1 1 1 5 11 16
Humidity L L L N N N N N L L L L
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

Hwange National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 2984 2984 2781 2577 2577 2882 3290 3493 3290 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1661 1457 948 541 541 846 1355 1763 1864 1864
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 11 11 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1436 1165 572 271 40 10 0 0 30 181 643 1235
Rainy Days 14 12 8 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 13
Humidity E E E VH VH H H VH E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H 7/H 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

Lake Kariba & Matusadona NP

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3188 2984 2781 2781 2984 3391 3595 3493 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 2170 1966 1559 1254 1254 1457 1966 2373 2475 2272
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 10 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1958 1576 1225 331 50 0 0 0 0 151 733 1877
Rainy Days 16 14 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 15
Humidity E E E E VH H VH VH E E E E
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

Mana Pools NP

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3290 3290 3086 2882 2882 3086 3493 3799 3595 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2068 1864 1457 1152 1152 1355 1864 2272 2373 2272
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 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1817 1526 883 221 10 0 0 0 0 131 492 1807
Rainy Days 17 14 11 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 15
Humidity E E E E VH H VH VH E E E E
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

Victoria Falls

  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