South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's premier National Park, and is particularly noted for its frequent lion and leopard sightings and is home to the 'walking safari'.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is just over 4,000 square kilometres in size, and nestles between an impressive escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south.

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park

One of Africa's largest and oldest National Parks, Kafue covers an area of over 22,000 square kilometers, and offers visitors a true feeling of being in a safari wilderness.

Victoria Falls - Zambia

Victoria Falls - Zambia

The Victoria Falls are situated on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and have long been considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park

The North Luangwa National Park is a natural, unspoilt beautiful safari wilderness. The Park is not open to the public, and only a handful of operators have permission to operate here.

When to Go on Safari in Zambia

Three distinct seasons

Zambia has a tropical climate, and broadly speaking, the seasons are divided into three.

Between May and August, the climate is cooler and dry, as these are the winter months.  Due to the lack of rainfall, water levels in rivers and watercourses tend to dry up,  and the game viewing gets progressively better as animals concentrate around the permanent water sources.  The bush is also knocked back, also making it easier to spot the wildlife in the undergrowth.

August to mid-November remain dry, but the temperature rises, particularly from October onwards.  In particular in the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa Valleys, temperatures regularly reaching 40C and above and average highs in the high 30s.  However, if you can handle the warmer temperatures, then this is an exceptional time for game viewing.

Mid-November sees the start of the rains, and these tend to last until the end of April, with the most rain falling in December, January, February and March.  These rains can make some areas inaccessible, and many camps in the more remote areas of  the country are closed. 

This season is known as the Emerald or Green Season, as the rains turn everything a verdant lush green.  Temperature wise, these months are pleasantly warm.  This also tends to be the least expensive time to go on safari.

Livingstone Average Max and Min Temperature

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Livingstone Average Rainfall (mm)

050100150200250175Jan146Feb80Mar21Apr4May1Jun0Jul0Aug2Sep20Oct70Nov170Dec

South Luangwa Average Max and Min Temperature

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South Luangwa Average Rainfall (mm)

050100150200250209Jan176Feb132Mar49Apr3May0Jun0Jul0Aug0Sep17Oct86Nov158Dec

Lower Zambezi Average Max and Min Temperature

0°C32°F5°C41°F10°C50°F15°C59°F20°C68°F25°C77°F30°C86°F35°C95°F40°C104°F31228771Jan31218769Feb31208768Mar32188964Apr30148657May28118251Jun28118251Jul31138755Aug34189364Sep37229871Oct35239573Nov32228971Dec

Lower Zambezi Average Rainfall (mm)

050100150200250176Jan148Feb82Mar20Apr1May0Jun0Jul0Aug0Sep11Oct57Nov168Dec