Zambia has a tropical climate with alternating humidity. The temperatures are relatively mild due to the altitude of the country. Values between 20 and 22 degrees are reached on the high plateau and between 22 and 25 degrees in the river valleys. There are three seasons. The rather cool dry season runs from May to August. During the day temperatures can be reached around 23 degrees. At night the values go down to up to 6 degrees. It falls only rarely rain and frequently the sun shines. In the hot dry season the maximum temperatures are between 24 and 32 degrees. In the Luangwa river valley the values can rise even up to 40 degrees. The hot and sultry rainy season follows the hot dry phase. It lasts in the south from December to April and in the north from October to April. Daytime temperatures range between 27 and 38 degrees Celsius. Annual precipitation is about 1500 mm in the north and between 600 and 850 mm in the south.
Zambia's preferred travel season is the cool dry season between May and August, when there is hardly any rain and temperatures are not too high. The best time for safaris, however, is in October or November, when wildlife can be seen.