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Zambia in August


Well into dry season, August features plenty of big cat predator action, generally great game viewing across the national parks, and opportunities to enjoy Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls.

What's the weather going to be like in Zambia in August?

  • Days are dry and warm with clear blue skies
  • August is mid-winter, and there can be no rain all month
  • Days are getting hotter, soaring to around 82°F in the South Luangwa National Park
  • It’s worth bringing warm layers for morning and evening game drives.

What are the highlights of visiting Zambia in August?

  • It’s less humid, so there are fewer bugs and mosquitoes
  • Wildlife is easier to spot now there are fewer leaves and less vegetation
  • Animals are coming out of the bush in search of water, so game viewing is excellent
  • August is a particularly good time for big cat predator action – you can expect to see plenty of lions and leopards
  • It’s a great month for walking safaris as there is little, if any, rainfall throughout the whole month and the dry bushscape is easier to navigate on foot
  • The air is clear and contains little dust
  • Water levels at Victoria Falls are low enough for travellers to access Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool
  • There are exciting opportunities to photograph big cats attacking prey.

Any lowlights?

  • It’s peak season, so properties book up quickly
  • Prices are higher at this time of year
  • Parks are busier, though not overcrowded.

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