Back in the day, this country was called Rhodesia, but today we know it as Zimbabwe. Overall, it enjoys a pretty comfy climate. And, as a general rule, the rainy season in Zimbabwe is hot, humid, and, well, rainy as you can experience in many other regions of Africa. It starts in November and lasts all the way up to March. Expect heavy showers in the afternoon and generally cooler temperatures throughout (still quite pleasing though).
November is practically the most unpredictable month and can both surprise and frustrate you. So, if you want to have some real fun during your visit, it would be best to skip it and pick something more…straightforward. It’s definitely not the worst month in the rainy season in Zimbabwe. And you’ll get plenty of sunshine during the day, but it is what it is.
Nobody Likes The Rain And Humidity
The temperature averages are 18 degrees Celsius in the morning and 32 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. A quick tip. The central Highveld plateau area is much more preferable, as you’ll experience off-the-charts temperatures like 38-40 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes. It won’t be much of a great trip if you’ll be forced to constantly hide in the shadows and take showers to freshen up.
The winter months – Deb-Feb – and partially March are the wettest ones. They come with heavy downpours mixed with occasional continuous rains that “hang around” for at least a day or so. Speaking of the rainy season in Zimbabwe, folks usually mean these four months. Temperature-wise, it’s all good: nights/mornings are cool, at around 18 degrees Celsius.
The Obvious Advantages Of The Rainy Season In Zimbabwe
On the other hand, the afternoons are steaming-hot – at around 30 degrees Celsius. And let’s not forget about the nasty humidity that makes it feel hotter. Generally, humidity makes everything worse. And it is the biggest downside of the wet season in Zimbabwe (just like in any other country, by the way).
As you could’ve already guessed, the April-October period is the finest one here, and tourists usually visit this African beauty during those months.
Nevertheless, the rainy season in Zimbabwe does have its advantages. They include emptier streets, fewer people at the tourist spots, better prices on everything. That’s actually a common practice all over the world. They also include a very special vibe in the atmosphere that you’ll only be able to experience during monsoons.
As we already mentioned, the rains in Zimbabwe usually occur in the form of heavy showers and mighty storms early in the afternoon. As for the rainiest regions, the east and the north are the undisputed champs. The south is the driest one, in case you were wondering. Harare, the capital, looks and feels awesome in the September-April period, but does get a bit challenging in Dec-Feb.
If you hate the rain and want to have a “dry experience” in Harare, visit sometime between May and September. Those months have little to no rain, and the rainy season in Zimbabwe starts only in November. At the end of the day, this is one hell of a beautiful country, definitely worth visiting. Just pick a month/week that suits you best and try to get the most out of your trip!