Zimbabwe’s climate is very similar to neighbouring Botswana. Rain falls only during the summer months when short sharp afternoon thunderstorms cleanse and cool the air. The remainder of the year is dry and becomes increasingly parched as the season progresses.
Temperatures in the low lying Zambezi Valley at Mana Pools can creep up above 40°C, particularly towards the end of the dry season in September and October, but early mornings and evenings can be chilly on open vehicles and boats. By contrast night time temperatures over this period in Hwange National Park can drop to 0°. Here a jacket and beanie during the winter months is essential.