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Zimbabwe in October


Nicknamed ‘suicide month’ due to extremely hot temperatures, October falls at the end of peak season – wildlife viewing is exceptionally good as the heatwave prevails.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 95°F
  • Night time minimum temperature = 63°F
  • Average rainfall = 27mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

What's the weather going to be like in Zimbabwe in October?

  • Days and nights are at their hottest – October is often nicknamed suicide month!
  • This is the final month of the dry period, with the first half of the month receiving little to no rainfall
  • When the rains do arrive, they bring some much-needed relief from the hot temperatures that can reach into the upper 80s and even lower 100s at times
  • It’s so hot, just one light layer of clothing will do

What are the highlights of visiting Zimbabwe in October?

  • As the peak season is coming to an end, availability of accommodation begins to improve
  • Wildlife sightings are at their peak as the dry season ends
  • The first half of the month remains dry, so wildlife still congregates around waterholes
  • This is the peak time to see elephants
  • Msasa trees continue to light up the horizon in vibrant reds, and are joined by a host of other colourful species
  • At the end of October, flowers from the jacaranda trees start falling to the ground – many streets in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls Town, and Mutare become carpeted with a plush layer of purple petals
  • Due to low water levels in Victoria Falls, you can climb into the Devil’s Pool and look over the edge

Any lowlights?

  • October is a very hot month – it might feel too hot for some travellers
  • Depending on the arrival of the rains, Vic Falls might have just a small flow by this time of year
  • The water level at Vic Falls is at its lowest, so it might not be as dramatic as it is during other times of the year

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