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When is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?

Read our advice on the best time to visit Zimbabwe for a family safari holiday

Zimbabwe has something to offer all year-round

Game-viewing is at its peak between July and October when huge herds of animals gather at lakes, watering holes and rivers during the drier months. Those wanting to escape the crowds and grab themselves a deal tend to prefer the wetter months from November to March. To see Victoria Falls at its most powerful, April to June offer the best value.

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June - October

The dry season

Considered the most favourable for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities in Zimbabwe. Temperatures are mild, the skies are clear and the vegetation is sparse, making it easier to spot animals as they gather around water sources.

Although you need to watch out for higher prices, more tourists and colder nights. The months of September and October are especially hot and dry, which can be uncomfortable for small children and older travellers.

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November - March

The wet season

Though less popular for safaris, the wet season brings it own advantages.

Lower prices and fewer crowds offer greater flexibility in booking and are perfect for those looking to get off the beaten track.

Lush vegetation, dramatic weather changes and the arrival of migratory birds means Zimbabwe becomes a paradise for snap-happy travellers and twitchers alike. Some lodges even promise 50 species before breakfast at this time of year.

The rain can sometimes interfere with game drives and other activities, and some roads and lodges may be closed due to flooding.

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April - June

The end of the rains

April brings the end of the seasonal rains, and a general fresher and brighter feel is in the air.

Victoria Falls is at its fullest and most spectacular, truly earning its name of ‘The smoke that thunders’.

Mana Pools, a World Heritage national park particularly famous for its walking safaris, also reopens in April.

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Itinerary Ideas
Suggested itineraries for your Zimbabwe family safari holiday
  • Aspiring Conservation Safari

    A family-friendly adventure experiencing Botswana’s diverse and wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, and its world-leading conservation projects, before marvelling at the majestic Victoria Falls.

    Guide Price From £6,393 / $7,276 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) sharing a family room
    Duration 7 nights
    Best Months June - October
    Region Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls,
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  • Botswana Family Safari and Victoria Falls

    A family-friendly adventure through Botswana’s one-of-a-kind Okavango Delta, exploring the lush animal habitat of the Chobe and finishing at the globally iconic Vic Falls.

    Guide Price From £4,750 / $5,460 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) sharing a family room
    Duration 9 nights
    Best Months June - October
    Region Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls,
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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

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