There are three distinct seasons in Victoria Falls, which determine the climate, the amount of rainfall, and importantly, the cascade of water over the magnificent Falls.High Water Season: March – May
The summer rains in Victoria Falls fall between November and April each year, with the height of the rainy season occurring in January. Following the refreshing summer rainfall, some might argue that the best time of the year to visit is throughout March – May, when the sheet of falling water over the Falls is at its greatest volume. The spray is so thick that it rains upwards, making the walk through the famous Rain Forest a real adventure! However, often the spray is so thick that is blocks one’s view of the Falls – an often disappointing occurrence.
Hot days and warm nights are often interrupted by brief, refreshing rain spells. While this is a special time to view the Victoria Falls, it is not a prime time to attempt white water rafting as the levels are often too high for operation, or too elevated to deem enjoyable.
Medium to High Water Season: January, February; June to August
While there isn’t an enormous difference between the medium and high water periods, often the medium water season is considered the best time to view the Falls. Sections of the wide cliff face are exposed during this season, and often you can see all the way to the bottom, which still enjoying a significant amount of spray to keep things interesting!
Between June and August, the town of Victoria Falls experiences it’s version of winter, which is in fact mild and often preferable to the extreme summer heat. Warm days and cool nights, this is a time to pack warm clothing, to keep back the odd cold spell.
Low Water Season: September to December
Between September and December, a clearer view of the rocky ledge beneath the Falls is possible – a site which is spectacular to photograph. Strolling along the knife-edge walks is not quite so scary, and the Rain Forest walk is much less crowded. Low water levels mean that white-water rafting experiences are at their best – the rapids most vicious and unrelenting.
October is undoubtedly the hottest time of the year, temperatures building up to the start of the rainy season. However, when the rain hits in November, the heat is forgotten, and the relief is palpable.
In conclusion, while a trip to Victoria Falls is spectacular any time of the year, we suggest planning your holiday according to your tastes. If you’re looking for an all-round experience, we advise visiting Victoria Falls in the medium to high water season, ensuring brilliant view of the Falls, game-viewing, and weather!