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Victoria Falls Weather
Plenty of sunshine, an average eight hours per day, which is just what you need to make the most of the endless activities that there are to experience in the area.
Victoria Falls weather is beautiful!! For anyone getting away from the long winter months of the Northern hemisphere, you will love it.
Hot summers from September through to April, and mild winters from May though to August.
The time of year, mainly due to the rains and the Zambezi water level, does have a dramatic effect on many factors that might influence your trip.
So please read the information carefully below to make sure that you plan your trip accordingly.
You can also read questions and answers from visitors to this site - click on the link Best Time of Year.
We have also created a month by month
calendar for Victoria Falls, so you can see exactly what happens throughout
the year and how the seasonal changes can affect your stay.
Here are some factors that might be important to you…
• Rafting season generally closes completely around April/May - due to excessive high water level of the Zambezi River. It re opens around July
• Best Rafting - August through to December - due to the low water level of the Zambezi River. Worst rafting February through to May and July
• Livingstone island and devils swim - The devils pool closes around January and only re-opens in August. However they do use other pools to swim in like angels pool until about March. The Livingstone island tour closes in April through till about late June.
• March/April- Huge volume of spray making viewing of the Falls from the ground difficult, but great for aerial viewing. Very powerful and spectacular.
• November/early December - Low water level of the Zambezi River means parts of the Falls dry up and a dry rock face is exposed. This is very disappointing for some people, if they are not aware of it and is particularly prevalent on the Zambian side. The Zimbabwe side always has a good water flow.
The two videos below give you a good insight into the difference between the high and low water season.
• The Zambezi National Park can be closed after heavy rains from December through to March.
• Best Game Viewing is from late August to the first rains around Mid November
• Migrant Birds arrive around September
• Mosquitoes more prevalent during rainy season December to April
• Extremely hot and dry October - fantastic sunsets.
Victoria Falls Weather in Brief
Winter (May to Mid August) in Victoria Falls is mild and dry. Average high temperatures ranging from 25-27°C (77-81°F) and average lows between 7-10°C (45-50°F). Not a bad winters day!
Summer (Mid August to end April) in Victoria Falls is generally hot to very hot and wet during the rainy season (Mid November to April). Average highs between 32-34°C (90-93°F) and average lows between 15-19°C (59-66°F)
Have a look at this Victoria Falls Calendar (click on this link) it will help you to understand the different seasons in Vic Falls.VICTORIA FALLS WEATHER
Victoria Falls Weather in Detail
From the end of August the temperatures start rising, and as we get into September and through to November it is very hot and dry. The typical African landscape turns very brown and can feel a bit harsh.
This is my favourite time of the year and September is notoriously the best game viewing month as not only does the sparse vegetation make sighting of game much easier, but there is also less water inland so the animals congregate at the river.
Vic falls in the dry season, Nov/early December. You can see that this section has almost completely dried up, there will still be some water coming over at the main falls to the left.
The bird life all year round is superb but in September it is exceptional with the arrival of numerous migrants, among these are the spectacular carmine bee-eaters arriving on mass and nesting in the sand cliffs along the Zambezi River.
November is when you can expect the rains to start. It becomes hot, wet and quite muggy – very seldom will you find day after day of rain but is more often characterised by thunder storms building up in the late afternoon and a torrential downpour which is over in about an hour or so. Some very exciting electrical storms can be experienced.
Unfortunately the rains make some of the roads in the National Parks inaccessible and you may find that sometimes the parks are actually closed. The rainy seasons normally last until about March/April.
The Zambezi River water level drops to it's lowest around November/early December - approx 10 million litres per minute and this is naturally when the spray is at it least. Some sections of the Falls actually dry up.
Local rains do affect the water level of the Zambezi River but it is when the headwaters (The huge volume of rain water that gathers upstream of the Falls in Zambia and Angola) start arriving in about February and peak in April, that the level of the Zambezi River rises dramatically- approx 500 million litres per minute.
The viewing of the Victoria Falls although impressive with this amount of water going over is sometimes very difficult, with the spray being almost a continual downpour, making photography almost impossible.
As you can see compared to the previous photo there is now a lot more water coming over the falls. The river starts to rise in January through to it's peak in March/April
Please don’t underestimate this it’s like being in a continual, torrential rain storm. I don’t want to mislead you here though as this is only happens by the falls themselves, it’s not while you are walking around town or sitting on your hotel veranda.
Winter starts around May through to mid August and the day time temperatures drop from the 30’s into the mid 20’s. The rains have now stopped and generally the skies are cloudless and beautifully blue, making this a very pleasant time of year. Evening and early mornings can be very cool and it is always advisable to pack some long pants and a sweater - especially if you plan to do some early morning game viewing (best time to see most animals – especially lions).
However game viewing is not at its best now as there is still quite a lot of vegetation and water inland meaning that the animals are still spread out.
Please check out the water level on the chart below for a guide on the rafting. As the various rainfall and flood waters do affect it and you don't want to visit in April when the rafting may be closed if that is one of the activities you really want to do and therefore face disappointment.
Victoria Falls Weather - Annual Zambezi River water levels
Victoria Falls Weather - Average Temperature and Rainfall
Victoria Falls Weather - Average Temperature
Victoria Falls Weather - Average Rainfall
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