Best Time to Visit Zambia

4Y1A0831 (ninara)  [flickr.com]
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Zambia. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Lusaka, Kasama und Mongu. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Zambia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 6 °C to 34 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 011.06 in (0 – 22 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 20 °C (Lusaka) and 22.6 °C (Mongu)
Show temperatures in degree

General & Geography

The Republic of Zambia is a former colony of Great Britain in southern Africa.

The landlocked state has been independent since 1964, is predominantly Christian and is now home to around 15 million inhabitants.

Zambia borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The land lies on a plateau more than 1000 meters high. However, this plateau is crossed in many places by deep valleys.

Zambia is therefore home to countless waterfalls, the most famous of which are located directly on the border with Zimbabwe: the world-famous Victoria Falls.

19 national parks are scattered throughout Zambia, which is extremely popular not only for its walking safaris. South Luangwa and North Luangwa, Kafue National Park and Lower Zambezi are among the most animal-rich parks.

The economic heart of Zambia is the rapidly growing capital Lusaka in the south of the country.

The International Airport, which is served daily via Johannesburg, among other destinations, is about 12 miles away.

Climate in Zambia

4Y1A0929 (ninara)  [flickr.com] Zambia has a tropical, largely variable-humid climate. The climate is temperate due to the altitude and produces mild temperatures all year round. Basically three seasons can be distinguished in Zambia: A cool dry season, a hot dry season and a hot, wet rainy season.

The so-called cooler dry season runs from May to August with day temperatures of around 24 °C to 27 °C. The night temperatures cool down to up to 6 °C during this climatic period, so that appropriate clothing must be worn, especially during early morning and late afternoon safaris.

With the beginning of September, temperatures then rise sharply and very often break through the 30 °C mark at noon. This hot dry season lasts from the beginning of September to around mid-November, after which the increased humidity towards the end of November heralds the onset of the rainy season.

In northern Zambia, the sultry, hot rainy season already begins in the course of October; in the south, the first heavy rains usually do not occur until the first days of December. The rainy season runs throughout the country until April and is sometimes very unpleasant, especially in the Zambezi and Luangwa safari regions.

Best Time to Visit Zambia: Overview

JanuaryJan
Rainy Season
up to 11.06 in of rain
FebruaryFeb
Rainy Season
up to 9.17 in of rain
MarchMar
Rainy Season
up to 9.8 in of rain
AprilApr
End of Rainy Season
humidity decreases
MayMay
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in Zambia
JuneJun
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in Zambia
JulyJul
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in Zambia
AugustAug
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in Zambia
SeptemberSep
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in Zambia
OctoberOct
Best time to traveltime
Hot Dry Seasondry but hot
NovemberNov
Good time to traveltime
good weather until mid-month
DecemberDec
Rainy Season
up to 10.39 in of rain

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Zambia) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
LusakaApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October
KasamaMay, June, July, August, September, and October
MonguApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October
Victoria FallsMarch, April, May, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Zambia

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

Show Climate Chart for    

Lusaka

Climate Chart Lusaka
Show temperatures in degree

Kasama

Climate Chart Kasama
Show temperatures in degree

Mongu

Climate Chart Mongu
Show temperatures in degree

Day Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Night Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Average Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Zambia

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Zambia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.
Show climate table for    

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Lusaka (Zambia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°27°27°27°24°24°27°30°32°30°28°
Night Temperature17°17°16°14°11°13°16°17°18°
Precipitation (inch)8.826.813.540.750.120.0400.040.040.673.357.72
Rainy days131294100002613
Hours of Sunshine667899910101086
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Lusaka is 20 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: October (23.5 °C)
Coldest month: June (15.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 31.89 inch on 60 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 16.54 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Lusaka.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, September is the sunniest month with an average of 9.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kasama (Zambia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°26°26°26°26°24°25°26°30°31°28°27°
Night Temperature16°17°17°16°13°10°10°11°14°17°17°17°
Precipitation (inch)11.069.179.82.680.390.04000.040.795.9810.39
Rainy days22191671000031222
Hours of Sunshine4558910101010976
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kasama is 20.6 °C.

Warmest month: October (23.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (17.2 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 50.35 inch on 102 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 40.43 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Kasama.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Mongu (Zambia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°29°28°29°28°26°27°30°33°34°31°29°
Night Temperature19°19°19°17°13°10°10°13°17°19°18°18°
Precipitation (inch)8.668.545.751.50.080.04000.081.34.098.5
Rainy days16141440000051017
Hours of Sunshine67791010101010876
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Mongu is 22.6 °C.

Warmest month: October (26.2 °C)
Coldest month: June (17.9 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 38.54 inch on 80 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 25.71 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Mongu.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 10.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.3 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Lusaka
clear sky     clear sky, 11 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 2 mph
Air Pressure: 1028 hPa       Humidity: 76 %
Last updated: 22nd Aug 2019, 12:30 am
The next days …
22nd Aug 201923rd Aug 201924th Aug 201925th Aug 201926th Aug 201927th Aug 2019
sky is clear12 °C to 25 °Csky is clear12 °C to 26 °Cscattered clouds13 °C to 27 °Csky is clear13 °C to 31 °Csky is clear16 °C to 35 °Csky is clear17 °C to 34 °C
12 °C to 25 °C12 °C to 26 °C13 °C to 27 °C13 °C to 31 °C16 °C to 35 °C17 °C to 34 °C
Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 31 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
Show temperatures in degree

Important Regions and Cities

We have extended climate information for the following region:

Share your Experience and Win

We want to know: how was the weather during your Zambia holiday? You can win a travel coupon of 1000 $. The price will be raffled among all submissions. Info Icon
When was your Zambia holiday?
Please rate the weather with 0 to 5 stars.
Describe the travel weather during your holiday in your own words!
First Name
years old
E-Mail (voluntary disclosure, will not be shared)
All information entered will be stored according to our privacy policy.
Victoria Falls (Pius Mahimbi)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'
A Mother & Baby Baboon (Grant Peters)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (Joachim Huber)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'

Zambia Experience

Destinations in the Vicinity …

Preview: Best Time to Travel La Réunion
Best Time to Travel La Réunion
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Morocco
Best Time to Travel Morocco
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel São Tomé and Príncipe
Best Time to Travel São Tomé and Príncipe
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Zimbabwe
Best Time to Travel Zimbabwe
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Cape Town
Best Time to Travel Cape Town
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Benin
Best Time to Travel Benin
including Climate Table and Climate Chart