å Victoria Falls Travel Calendar
When to visit Victoria Falls, a month-by-month travel calendar for Victoria Falls with seasonal descriptions.
December to March
The height of summer and the rainy season at Victoria Falls. On hot days, there will often be dramatic thunderstorms in the afternoons. The Zambezi River is low in December, but it steadily swells and the falls become more spectacular as the rain water arrives from further upstream. The weather is hot and humid, well over 30 °C in the daytime. White-water rafting season usually closes sometime in February due to high water levels. Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool also close to the public around January or February when water levels get too high.
April to June
This is high water season, when the Zambezi River is in flood and the falls are at their most powerful. Visibility from some vantage points is limited due to the abundance of spray and mist. The rafting season is normally closed because the water level is too high. Trips to Livingstone Island on the edge of the falls are not possible. Temperatures are warm and pleasant, averaging 25-32 °C during the day. The falls are a spectacular sight from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side, as the water roars over the edge. Try a helicopter flight over the falls for a breathtaking bird's eye view.
July and August
This is peak season for Victoria Falls. The water level drops and the reduced spray gives you excellent visibility of the falls. Livingstone Island as well as the rafting season open as soon as the water drops to a safe level. It is winter time, but winter feels like summer here so you can expect sunny and dry weather. Daytime temperatures are usually between 20-30 °C. Both sides of the falls are great to visit, and game viewing in the nearby Chobe National Park and other game reserves is at its best.
September to November
This is the end of the dry season and the falls are at their lowest level. This means excellent visibility from the Zimbabwe side, but on the Zambian side the falls may dry up altogether during this time, or limited to a trickle, which can be rather disappointing if you are only visiting the Zambian side. Low water is peak rafting season, and great for visiting Livingstone Island and the freaky Devil's Pool, a natural rock pool where you can swim on the edge of the falls. Temperatures are hotter again, averaging 30-35 °C during the day, often peaking over 40 °C. The months of September and October offer fantastic game viewing along the Chobe River and in other nearby game reserves. The rains normally arrive in November.