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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Author Jimmy Saville. No Copyright
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Author Jimmy Saville

Zimbabwe climate: when to go to Zimbabwe

The climate of Zimbabwe is tropical, temperate by altitude, with two very different seasons, a cool and dry season from April to October and a rainy, hot and humid, season from November to March.

The areas of the country exposed towards the Indian Ocean are the wettest, particularly in the mountains along the border with Mozambique can exceed 1,500 mm of rain per year, and the eastern highlands (High Veld) receive average annual rainfall in excess of the 800 mm. The western highlands instead receive less rainfall, usually less than 600 mm, but in the semi-arid region on the border with Botswana falls to less than 500 mm.

Temperatures are moderate by altitude, in the Highveld they range is between 22°C – 24°C of the hottest month (January) and 12°C – 13°C of the colder one (July). Very hot and humid are the valleys of the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, where the maximum temperature in summer (December-February) vary between 32°C and 38°C, as well as the areas towards the depression of the Kalahari. Extreme are the temperature ranges between day and night, often at night the temperature can go below freezing.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Author Laura (cardamom). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Author Laura (cardamom)

WHEN TO GO TO ZIMBABWE

The best time to travel to Zimbabwe are the more dry and less humid winter months between May and October.

ZIMBABWE CLIMATE TABLES

HARARE (1490 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 15,8 26,2 190,8  17
February 15,7 26,0 176,3  14
March 14,5 26,2 99,1  10
April 12,5 25,6 37,2  5
May 9,3 23,8 7,4  2
June 6,8 21,8 1,8  1
July 6,5 21,6 2,3  0
August 8,5 24,1 2,9  1
September 11,7 28,4 6,5  1
October 14,5 28,8 40,4  5
November 15,5 27,6 93,2  10
December 15,8 26,3 182,7  16
YEAR 12,3 25,5 840,6  82

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