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Zambia in September

September

Wildlife viewing is exceptionally good in September, with stacks of highlights – big cats resting in the shade, huge hippos wallowing in the mud, and carmine bee-eaters flitting about the riverbanks.

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

  • September is a lovely warm month with little to no rain
  • Some days can get very hot
  • It’s the end of the dry season
  • Temperatures are on the rise, especially in the Lower Zambezi
  • Nights aren’t as chilly as previous months, so you can get away with lighter layers.

What are the highlights of visiting Zambia in September?

  • September is characterised by an exciting variety of mammal sightings on vehicle and walking safaris
  • There aren’t many mosquitoes
  • You can look out for big cats lazing in the shade during your late morning safari activities
  • This is a great time to see huge herds of hippos wallowing in the riverbeds of the South Luangwa National Park
  • As parks dry out, wildlife starts to cluster around scarce water sources
  • Vast flocks of beautiful carmine bee-eaters come to nest on the riverbanks
  • The bush is less dense, so wildlife is easier to see
  • Devil’s Pool and Livingstone Island are accessible due to low water levels at Victoria Falls
  • Keen photographers can enjoy capturing wildlife around waterholes, as well as the colourful carmine bee-eaters.

Any lowlights?

  • It’s peak season, so there’s relatively low availability of properties
  • Prices are high
  • September is one of the most popular months, so holiday destinations can feel crowded
  • Walking safaris are more difficult now that it’s hotter
  • Lagoons dry up
  • As water levels are low at Victoria Falls, the waterfall isn’t looking as impressive as it can during other months.

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