With mild temperatures, virtually no rain and a low malaria risk, the dry May to October winter season is generally seen as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game-viewing, although note that September and October are extremely hot and dry months.
The best time to travel to Victoria Falls on the other hand is at the end of the summer rainy season when the falls are in full flood - go between April and May for the most dramatic views. However, it is the August to December low water season that is regarded as the best time to go white-water rafting at Victoria Falls - the volume and speed of the water is reduced and the rapids are more exposed.
Planning on combining a visit to Zimbabwe with other Southern Africa safari destinations? Read our advice on the:
At a Glance
On-the-rise Zimbabwe is home not only to the best views of Victoria Falls but some of Southern Africa's best & wildest game reserves too, and its guides are among the best on the continent.