In September, temperatures rise and the landscape becomes progressively drier as the region awaits the summer rains. Wildlife congregates around the Zambezi River, and migratory birds begin to arrive. Typically, by November the first rains fall. The rejuvenated bush signals the start of the birthing season. Plains are filled with life as antelopes drop the next generation of young during this time of plenty. As the rains continue, logistics become difficult and camps in the park close, to reopen in April.
By April, the heavy rains have stopped and temperatures become more and more comfortable. Animals are widely dispersed, as food and water are abundant. In June, the region welcomes winter, and the colors of the bush fade. It’s best to dress in layers during this time of year, as nights and early mornings become quite chilly. Large herds of elephants and buffalo, and families of hippos become concentrated around these permanent water systems, providing great wildlife spectacles. The winter’s dry, thin landscape also provides phenomenal walking experiences.