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Best time to visit Zimbabwe

Our verdict

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is May-October

Want to know when to travel to Zimbabwe? Based on criteria such as the weather, cost of flights and hotels, and peak travel periods, May-October is the best time to go to Zimbabwe. Don’t just take our word for it though… We’ve put together loads of information below to help you decide, such as a monthly breakdown of the weather, what to pack, when to fly, and much more.

The very hottest temperatures in Harare, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Zimbabwe, tend to reach around 32℃ (91℉) in the height of summer. The average Harare temperatures in winter reach lows of around 8℃ (47℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 7℃ (45℉). Other areas in Zimbabwe can sometimes get even colder than this – You can check out the climates of other popular destinations below.

The days are longest in Zimbabwe in November, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. On average it rains the most days in January, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Zimbabwe, check out climate info on some of the top places to visit, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

October

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

November

Zimbabwe seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Zimbabwe is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in Zimbabwe

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
HarareMay-October
26℃
17℃
26℃
16℃
25℃
15℃
24℃
13℃
24℃
11℃
22℃
9℃
22℃
8℃
25℃
10℃
29℃
13℃
30℃
16℃
29℃
17℃
27℃
17℃
HwangeJune-July
30℃
20℃
29℃
19℃
29℃
18℃
28℃
16℃
27℃
13℃
25℃
11℃
25℃
11℃
29℃
13℃
33℃
16℃
35℃
20℃
33℃
21℃
31℃
21℃
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Top FAQs

Zimbabwe is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Zimbabwe:

The warmest month of the year in Harare, one of the most popular places to visit in Zimbabwe, is October.
The driest month of the year in Harare, Zimbabwe, is usually around August each year.

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