Choose the best time to visit Victoria Falls
When it comes to Victoria Falls and the best time to visit, there is an optimal time of the year to travel depending on your interests. However, February to May sees the falls flowing at its greatest volume, thanks to the annual summer rains and continued comfortable weather.
That being said, Victoria Falls makes a fantastic year-round destination thanks to its mild winters, hot summers, and enviable location straddling Zambia and Zimbabwe. It will come as no surprise that a journey to Victoria Falls is a prominent feature on many of Our Favourite Tours.
Summer runs from October to April, during which time it gets quite hot - up to around 30°C. Evening and night temperatures drop to approximately 14°C. Dramatic thunderstorms may light up your afternoons, while the summer rains wash through the area between November and March.
Winter is from May to September/October. The days are mild and largely dry and sunny - around 20°C, with the temperature at night drops and can sometimes get as cold as 5ºC.
How does the weather affect your stay?
The summer months are generally hotter and the short afternoon thunderstorms often make way for magnificent sunsets. This is the time of year where you can get your tan on at your poolside hotel and head back home a bronzed version of yourself.
The winter months are characterised by long sunny days with cold nights where warm clothes will be needed. Swimming isn't really recommended at this time of year, unless cold water temperatures are your thing! The Zambezi River's waters are high in the month of April meaning white water rafting isn't normally possible at this time. However, this activity is dependant on seasonal change, so be sure to check with your Rhino Africa Consultant first.
The dry winters often result in sparse vegetation which makes game viewing a treat in the Victoria Falls area. Wildlife are forced to congregate around water sources and large herds of elephant and buffalo are often spotted along the water's edge jostling for a drink.
High Water and Low Water Explained
'High Water' occurs between February and July, peaking 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, thick with rainbows, and sure to get anyone nearby drenched - a fantastic sight when viewed from the air.
‘Low Water’ 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 Victoria Falls and the full length and breadth of them. The water level in the gorge drops and the Zambezi River's conditions are ideal for white water rafting and has earned a reputation as one of the wildest in the world. This is also a great time of year to take a dip in the Devil's Pool.
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