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Best Time to Visit Hwange National Park

When is the ideal time for a safari in Hwange National Park?

Some safari areas don't really have the perfect time to visit, as people have different desires for their safari - whether it's for game photography, landscape photography, game viewing, birding, etc. Hwange National Park has distinct seasons, and whether the comfort level of the climate is what determines when you visit, we give you the relevant information below.

Hwange Climate

Winter Months - Mid May, June, July, early August, although the days are warm with beautiful blue skies, the evenings can get extremely cold and temperatures below freezing are not uncommon, so definitely bring warm clothing. It's cold I promise you!

Summer months - September through to May. Hot to extremely hot days and warm evenings. Daytime temperatures can go up to 32 ° C (approx 90 ° F), usually some time in October which is the hottest month of the year.

Rainy season - Generally between late November and April although the occasional rain can occur out of these dates. The showers provide relief from the high summer temperatures.

Best Game Viewing Months

August, September, October and early November are by far the best months for game viewing in this park. Water becomes extremely scarce and the animals congregate around the few pumped waterholes. Sitting patiently and quietly at one of these water holes will reward you with very good game viewing.

Massive herds around the waterholes in Hwange National Park

During the rainy season from late November through to April, a completely different park emerges to that of the dry season. Parched savannahs turn into lush fields with an abundance of grazing. The animals disperse and game viewing becomes limited. It's called the green season and has it's own magic as this is when the park and all the animals rejuvenate themselves, feeding like crazy on the abundance of food. Newly born animals can be seen everywhere and the birdlife is absolutely prolific.

Good game viewing in Hwange National Park

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Last update: 20 September 2022

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