The best times to visit Zimbabwe for ideal weather are

April 2nd to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Zimbabwe Travel Info

Weather in Zimbabwe

Temperature

Average temperatures in Zimbabwe vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 54th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Zimbabwe, the hottest months are October, November, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid November where highs are regularly around 91.3°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.5°F (19.2°C) at night.

Zimbabwe Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Zimbabwe Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

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Zimbabwe Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Zimbabwe Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 81.7 74.8 64.1
Feb 83 75.1 63.6
Mar 82.8 74.7 61.4
Apr 78.9 70.4 57.4
May 78.4 68.4 51.4
Jun 74.8 64.5 47.2
Jul 73.2 62.6 46.4
Aug 78.8 68.7 50.6
Sep 84.6 74.8 57.4
Oct 87.6 78.8 62.1
Nov 86.8 78.8 64
Dec 83.7 76.6 64.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 27.6 23.8 17.8
Feb 28.3 23.9 17.6
Mar 28.2 23.7 16.3
Apr 26.1 21.3 14.1
May 25.8 20.2 10.8
Jun 23.8 18.1 8.4
Jul 22.9 17 8
Aug 26 20.4 10.3
Sep 29.2 23.8 14.1
Oct 30.9 26 16.7
Nov 30.4 26 17.8
Dec 28.7 24.8 18.2

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Zimbabwe are August, July, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late June. For example, on the week of June 25th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

When can you find snow in Zimbabwe? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Zimbabwe.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Zimbabwe (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 29% 0 6.9
Feb 20% 0 3.6
Mar 14% 0 3.7
Apr 9% 0 1.6
May 1% 0 0.2
Jun 1% 0 0.1
Jul 0% 0 0.1
Aug 0% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0.2
Oct 3% 0 0.5
Nov 14% 0 2.9
Dec 30% 0 6.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 29 0 17.5
Feb 20 0 9.1
Mar 14 0 9.4
Apr 9 0 4.1
May 1 0 0.5
Jun 1 0 0.3
Jul 0 0 0.3
Aug 0 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0.5
Oct 3 0 1.3
Nov 14 0 7.4
Dec 30 0 15.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Zimbabwe has some humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (29% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (63.9%).

Wind in Zimbabwe is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 5.1 knots (5.8 MPH or 9.4 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early October where average top sustained speeds reach 8.5 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Zimbabwe.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Feb 3.3 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze
Mar 3.6 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Apr 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
May 3.2 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Jun 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.2 Light breeze
Jul 3.7 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Aug 4.1 Light breeze 6.9 Light breeze
Sep 5 Light breeze 8.1 Light breeze
Oct 5.1 Light breeze 8 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.6 Light breeze 7.5 Light breeze
Dec 3.8 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 63.9%
Feb 61.3%
Mar 56.7%
Apr 56.9%
May 43.1%
Jun 40.4%
Jul 43.1%
Aug 32%
Sep 29%
Oct 31.9%
Nov 41.7%
Dec 56.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Zimbabwe?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Zimbabwe; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 27, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Zimbabwe is June, followed by November and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Zimbabwe in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 51.5 in March means 51.5% of the tourists vs. June.

 

 

Overall Zimbabwe Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 85.1°F (29.5°C) and 76.2°F (24.6°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Zimbabwe, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 91.3°F (32.9°C) and 82°F (27.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Zimbabwe to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.1°F (30.1°C) and 80.5°F (26.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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