planning purposes, Zimbabwe has three basic seasons:
- A cool
to cold dry season from late April to August when temperatures can
drop to freezing on higher ground at night - Hwange can get
- A hot
dry season from the end of August through to mid November. During
this time water becomes very scarce and the game congregates in big
numbers at remaining sources. Temperatures in the Zambezi Valley
become very uncomfortable in October and November before the rains
rainy season usually commences in mid November and lasts through the
summer to early April. Game viewing generally deteriorates at this
time of year - Matusadona is one notable exception where excellent
game sightings can still be made on the Kariba shoreline.
game-viewing season is generally from late May until November. September
sees the start of the inbound bird migrations and birding remains
excellent throughout the wet season.