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Zambia in November


This is a transition month, from dry to rainy season – unpredictable weather is the norm, but the rains bring with them flocks of migratory birds and floral displays across the pans.

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

  • It’s unpredictable – rains begin in the second half of the month, but usually in short and light late afternoon or early evening showers
  • November is a transition month, from dry to rainy season
  • Temperatures remain hot at the start of the month, and can reach the upper 80s
  • It’s varied enough for us to recommend both light layers and waterproofs
  • The rains arrive in the north first.

What are the highlights of visiting Zambia in November?

  • The camps that are still open offer great prices
  • November is an interesting month, featuring a variety of weather patterns on consecutive days
  • There are hardly any other tourists at this time of year, so parks will be much quieter than they were during the previous few months
  • Large herds of blue wildebeest migrate across Zambia’s plains from neighbouring Angola
  • You might see baby animals being born
  • The arrival of the rain brings an exhilarating mix of migratory birds
  • The pans become carpeted with flowers
  • Waters should still be low enough for travellers to access the Devil’s Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls
  • Storm clouds roll in and provide a dramatic backdrop for photographs
  • At the start of the rains great floral display in Liuwa Plains – remote pristine wilderness.

Any lowlights?

  • Half of the camps shut down for the rainy season, so accommodation choices are limited
  • The weather can be hard to predict
  • Temperatures are high and it can feel muggy
  • Walking safaris are not possible
  • Victoria Falls is only a trickle until the rain comes.

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