Best Time to Travel to Zambia

Best Time to Travel to Zambia

The best time to travel to Zambia for wildlife viewing is from September to October. When considering a Zambia safari, just be aware that the more remote parks as well as some camps in Lower Zambezi and Kafue shut down during the height of the rainy season.

Shoebill Island Camp Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia

Dry Season in Zambia

The best time to travel to Zambia is between May and October, during the dry season. Animals congregate around watering holes, rivers and lakes while the vegetation is starting to thin out, making for easy spotting of a myriad of species. The impressive Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have lower water levels in the dry season in Zambia. You will however still experience the best of this Zambian destination highlight as there will be less spray from Vic Falls, leading to better panoramic views and exploration of the surroundings.

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Wet Season in Zambia

Planning a Zambia wildlife safari for the wet or green season from November and April has its advantages and disadvantages. The national parks in Zambia are lush and green and the spectacular scenery is teeming with new arrivals to the animal kingdom. Also known as the emerald season, your holiday in Zambia during this time will make for prolific bird viewing. Between April and May, your safari of a lifetime to Zambia will offer astonishing views of the amazing Victoria Falls. The Falls are their mightiest just as the rainy season is coming to an end. Zambia has unbelievable waterways to experience and explore, including the majestic Victoria Falls, which is one of the seven greatest natural wonders of the world. You’ll also get to experience both the South and North Luangwa National Parks – as well as the beautiful Bangweulu Swamps. These parks are famous for their large wildlife population, birdlife and incredible game–viewing safaris. 

Shoebill Island Camp Bangweulu Swamps Zambia

Zambia Safaris with JENMAN

8-day South Luangwa safari

The 8-day South Luangwa safari takes you to the heart of the unique South Luangwa National Park. Spend your days exploring the serene wilderness of South Luangwa by game vehicle, on foot and even by bicycle. Reconnect with nature while staying at the secluded Tafika and Chikoko camps, located in one of the most wild-life-dense regions of Zambia.

12-day South + North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari

The 12-day South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari is an incomparable wildlife experience. Combine 6 nights in South Luangwa National Park with 3 nights in the remote North Luangwa National Park and end off with 2 nights at the incredible Bangweulu Swamps. It’s an itinerary built on unique experiences in Zambia such as seeing the iconic shoebill or cycling through the Luangwa bush.

8-day South and North Luangwa safari

The 8-day South and North Luangwa safari explores the untamed South and North Luangwa National Parks to enjoy Zambia game viewing at its best. South Luangwa National Park is also known as Valley of the Leopard as the chances of spotting this elusive animal are very high. The North is a remote wilderness explored on foot during morning and afternoon walking safaris. There has been very little development in North Luangwa National Park which means that the wildlife viewing while on a Luangwa safari will far surpass anything you’ve experienced before.

For personalized guidance and tailored itineraries showcasing the best Zambia safaris, we encourage you to connect with one of our travel consultants to explore your options.

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