When it comes to wildlife encounters, Zimbabwe is at its best in the dry season between July and October. During this period, the waterholes in the country’s national parks will have started drying up, forcing the wildlife to congregate around the remaining lakes, rivers and man-made waterholes. The days are bright and clear with beautiful cloudless skies. By October the temperatures will have soared into the late 30°Cs and early 40°C, but nights can still be a little chilly. This is a great time to see elephant herds in Hwange National Park.
The period between November and March, however, is by no means a bad time to visit. It can be a wonderful time for those looking to get off the beaten track, as well as for keen bird watchers with many migratory species to be spotted. The weather, particularly at the start of the year, is still nice and warm, with only the occasional afternoon shower. In April and May, at the end of the seasonal rains, Zimbabwe feels fresh and its landscapes are particularly vibrant and green. This is also when Mana Pools National Park reopens for business.
Those looking to see the cascades of the Victoria Falls in full flow should time their trip to Zimbabwe between April and June. This is also a good time to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes, culture and history of the Matopos region.