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Zambia in May


Characterised by very few travellers in the national parks, May is a great time to take a quiet safari – the bush is still beautifully green and mosquito numbers are on the decline.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 79°F
  • Night time minimum temperature = 54°F
  • Average rainfall = 5mm
  • Average daylight = 11.5 hours

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

  • Days are likely to be warm and dry, with clear skies
  • It’s the second month of dry season, so most of the rain from green season has faded away
  • Temperatures can be cool during early mornings and late evenings
  • Lots of warm layers are recommended for the chillier periods of the day.

What are the highlights of visiting Zambia in May?

  • Most safari camps and lodges re-open in May offering great rates
  • It’s a fairly quiet time of year, so most properties are available and reasonably priced
  • The landscape is beautifully green and lush following the green season
  • There are fewer mosquitoes around now it’s drier
  • Wildlife in lush landscapes is a great photography subject this month.

Any lowlights?

  • Night temperatures start to drop
  • The summer’s migrant birds have all moved on
  • In some spots, the grass growth is still quite high, which means wildlife is more difficult to see
  • Victoria Falls is in full flow, so the view can be obscured by the spray
  • The walking areas are not yet opened making walking safaris difficult at this time of year, as the ground is still muddy and slippery after the last few months of heavy rain.

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