The dry season is excellent, particularly April, May and September, as the temperatures are not too extreme and malaria risk is low. Also, this is when the wildlife gathers around the waterholes.
October is also dry but very hot with temperatures soaring into the thirties.
It may be heating up, but September and October are considered the best time to see elephant herds in Hwange National Park.
Around Mana Pools National Park, many lodges close between January and March for the low, rainy season. By contrast, July and September is a brilliant time to visit. Open for business and yet not busy at all.
Similarly some lodges close during the rainy season at Hwange National Park (December – March) and it is at its most crowded between June and October.
Although you would be forgiven for thinking that Victoria Falls might be best in full flow, this isn’t the case as the spray obscures really good views. So go when the water is lower, the best time being June to September.
November and December is when the rainy season begins and lasts through until March, although it usually consists of afternoon showers. This is also when a lot of wildlife is born though. So, the grass is greener and all that.
If you are hoping to raft the River Zambezi, the best time is when the water is low, as the white water is more dramatic. August to February are great months. When the waters get higher around March or April, it is unlikely that runs will be offered.