Swollen rivers make logistics difficult at the start of the year. Typically by January the majority of the small bush camps close. Only a few larger lodges remain open throughout this green season around the Mfuwe area. By March, the park’s remote bush camps begin to reopen. Animals remain widely dispersed, as food and water are abundant, and migratory birds linger a little longer.
By June the region moves into winter. Temperatures reach the 80s with cool, crisp nights. Trees drop their leaves and tall grasses dry out, creating a muted winter landscape. Wildlife viewing is at its peak during this time of year, as wildlife concentrates around limited water sources, and the thinning bush offers greater visibility.
From September to early November, South Luangwa enters the warmest time of year, when temperatures can reach into the 90s and 100s. Typically, the first rains fall in mid-November and relieve the high heat and humidity. The reinvigorated bush signals the start to the birthing season for antelope, such as puku, wildebeest, impala, and zebra. A new generation of animals and migratory birds arrive during this time of plenty.