• Best time to visit South Luangwa in Zambia
  • When to visit South Luangwa National Park
  • The green season or emerald season in South Luangwa offers spectcular lush green scenery
  • The low season is ideal for birding in South Luangwa
  • Luangwa River in Zambia - change with the seasons

When to visit South Luangwa

The best time for watching wildlife in South Luangwa National Park is during the dry season, which takes place from July to October.

A seasonal safari destination

Most lodges in South Luangwa National Park only operate seasonally. As a general rule lodges are open from the end of March until the end of October. Detailed information about lodge closures can be found on the individual lodge description pages.


South Luangwa seasons

The best time for watching wildlife in South Luangwa National Park is during the dry season, which takes place from July to October. The Luangwa River becomes a gathering place for animals during the dry season, as they emerge from the high-temperature, bush areas in search of the refreshment of the river’s clean water. Some lodges will remain open during the ‘Emerald Season’ when the rains turn the dry landscape into a lush, green oasis and the birthing season begins. Here are some pros and cons for the wet and dry season.


April to October - Dry season

Pros:

  • The thick bush thins out and wildlife is easier to spot.
  • Animals will gather around the river.
  • Best time to spot the more elusive species on your list.
  • Expect bright days and lots of sunshine.
  • Less chances for malaria, since there are fewer mosquitos.

Cons:

  • River areas can be more crowded.
  • The air can be dusty and arid.

November to April - Wet Season

Pros:

  • A lush and green landscape.
  • Fewer tourists and lower rates.
  • Spot some cute newborn animals.
  • Birdwatching is at its best.

Cons:

  • The heat and humidity can be intense.
  • Wildlife viewing can be more challenging.
  • There are fewer lodging options and some roads may become inaccessible.