When to Visit Victoria Falls

Choose the best time of year for your Vic Falls adventure

Victoria Falls makes a fantastic year round destination. Its location in the northern part of Southern Africa means that it experiences very mild winters. The Vic Falls makes a great addition to many of our favourite tours...

Summer runs from October to April, during which time it gets quite hot - up to around 30°C, while night temperatures drop to around 14°C. Dramatic thunderstorms may occur in the late afternoon. The rainy season is from November to March.

Winter is from May to September/October. The days are generally dry and sunny - around 20°C, with the temperature falling at night when it can get as cold as 5ºC.

How the weather affects your stay?

The summer months from October to April are generally hotter. You can expect short, sharp afternoon thunderstorms as rain clouds gather throughout the day which in turn give rise to some excellent sunsets. It's at this time of year that you can enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel and really get your tan on!

The winter months are characterised by long sunny days, the temperatures drop at night and you'll be grateful for a warm jersey, hat and scarf. Don't expect to be able to use the hotel swimming pool unless you have a particularly strong constitution. As a general rule the water levels on the Zambezi are so high in April that the River Rafting usually closes for the month, although this is seasonal and it's best to check with your Rhino Africa Consultant.

Winter time brings with it great game viewing in the Victoria Falls Area. The lack of rain means that the animals are forced to congregate around the water and large herds of elephant and buffalo come down to the Zambezi to drink.

High Water and Low Water Explained

'High Water' occurs between February and July, and peaks between March and April. During this period, a rise of one metre in the level of the Zambezi river produces a 5 metre increase in the level of the water forced through the gorge. The spray thrown up is dense, drenching and thick with rainbows - a fantastic sight when viewed from the air.

‘Low Water’ period runs between August and January and is at its lowest between November and early December. This is the time when there is very little spray and visitors are able to fully appreciate the geological formation of the falls and the full length and breadth of them. The water level in the gorge drops and the Zambezi River becomes its most awesome and deserving of its white water rafting reputation as being the wildest experience in the world.

Speak to your Rhino Africa Travel Consultant about the best time to visit Victoria Falls.

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