Lake Kariba Weather – When To Visit

The Seasons That Make Up Lake Kariba Weather

Lake Kariba weather can be broken up into 3 main seasons during the year.

Lake Kariba is on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Most of Zimbabwe is sitting on a plateau at an altitude of between 1 200 meters and 1 600 metres.

Lake Kariba is situated in the north of the country where the altitude drops dramatically to 485 metres above sea level – and the lower the altitude, the hotter the climate.

Kariba Weather and Seasons

Summer or Rainy Season

This occurs from mid-November to mid-March. These months may experience storms in the afternoon after the heat of the day or general light rain.

Winter or Dry Season

April to August is the cooler period of the year with dry and sunny weather. The average temperature is a warm 25 degrees Celcius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).

These moderate temperatures can drop to 15 degrees Celcius and the evenings will also be cooler. It is advisable to bring some warmer clothes for when the sun sets.

This season is characterised by clear skies with on-shore breezes arriving in the late mornings and continuing for the rest of the day.

This is considered to be the best time to visit Kariba as the days are sunny and enjoyable.

Mid Season

During the months of September and November, there is a brief period of intense heat after the cool winter. October can reach record temperatures in the build-up to the rains. 

This is typical Kariba weather during these months. However, the welcome rain lowers the temperature somewhat – but increases the humidity levels.

With a lake breeze coming off the water, the days are beautiful and the fishing good.

This is generally a good fishing season and a lovely time of year to spend some time on the water and hopefully catch a good-sized Kariba Bream.

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