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Zambia in April

April

Heralding the start of the dry season, April involves fewer showers, drying floodwaters, calving season for antelopes, and the Kuomboka festival in the Zambezi region.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 27°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 13°C
  • Average rainfall = 40mm
  • Average daylight = 11.5 hours

WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN ZAMBIA IN APRIL?

  • Days are warm, but nights can feel cool
  • April is the beginning of the dry season – the rains decrease and floodwaters start to dry out
  • Night temperatures are beginning to drop slightly
  • YZ recommends bringing a light fleece for cooler evenings.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING ZAMBIA IN APRIL?

  • Properties in the national parks of Kafue and the North Luangwa and South Luangwa start to re-open
  • Most safari areas are still relatively quiet
  • The rain has made the bushscape lush and green
  • There are lots of baby antelopes running around
  • The Kuomboka festival, celebrating the king of the Lozi people’s move from the Zambezi’s Barotse floodplain to higher ground, usually falls in April
  • Young herbivores amidst lush landscapes makes for stunning photography.

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • Animals are harder to spot in the thick bush
  • The migratory birds have moved on
  • Mosquitoes numbers are high
  • Victoria Falls is in full flow at this time of year, and the spray can impede views (you could go on a helicopter flight for panoramic vistas away from the spray).

RECOMMENDED SAFARIS TO ZAMBIA IN APRIL