Zambia in November

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.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 30°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 18°C
  • Average rainfall = 100mm
  • Average sunshine = 13 hours

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 mid-30s
- 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.

RECOMMENDED SAFARIS TO ZAMBIA IN NOVEMBER