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January

Birders’ paradise

With midsummer rains – usually short, heavy showers – Zimbabwe becomes a mecca for birdwatchers as the summer migrants boost the species count. A game drive in this ‘off-season’ can also be surprisingly rewarding with animals that are fit, fat and content.

February

Visit Gonarezhou National Park

In winter Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe is dry, parched and hot but now it’s a totally different park – lush and verdant with pumping rivers and brilliant birdlife.

March

Get your raincoats out

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe by Pal Teravagimov Shutterstock© Pal Teravagimov, Shutterstock

Victoria Falls on the boarder of Zambia and Zimbabwe has it’s very own tiny rainforest – but it’s a genuine ecosystem with locally rare vegetation and birds. There’s continual drenching rain here even though the sun’s blazing a few hundred metres away so  don’t expect to see the waterfall beyond the thundering clouds of spray while the river approaches peak flow.

April                    

High fives for HIFA

Harare’s six-day International Festival of Arts (April/May; www.hifa.co.zw) draws a huge array of performances from the whole region, not just Zimbabwe.

May                    

Two-wheelers roar in

Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (www.vicfallswildlifetrust.org) hold an annual motorbike enduro fundraiser in zimbabwe around Zambezi’s rugged and challenging gorge landscapes attracting riders from all neighbouring countries.

June

Spoil yourself at the ruins

Warm sunny days are a great time to walk around the magnificent Khami Ruins in Zimbabwe, and the other stone-age sites around Bulawayo and Gweru. Don't forget Great Zimbabwe, of course.        

July

Dust off your binoculars

As the best game viewing season in some of Africa’s finest national parks begins right through to December. Zimbabwe is no exception.     

August

For the energetic       

Kariba Half Marathon was established in 2006 and is now the toughest in Zimbabwe at 21km, but there’s also a 10km fun run. Beautiful lakeside scenery with the distinct possibility of meeting elephants and zebra, etc along the way. Check it out at www.gokaribahouseboats.com.

September

Tackle ‘Devil’s Toilet Bowl’ and ‘The Muncher’

Low-water rafting in the Vic Falls Zambezi gorges in Zimbabwe/Zambia starts in September and it’s about the toughest in the world!  Good luck! This is the time to come – the low water gives the  best views of the waterfall’s dramatic geology.

October

Seen the Big Five? But what about the tigers?

Head off to the mid Zambezi region for the best tiger fishing you’ll find anywhere. Kariba hosts the annual international tiger fishing tournament (KITFT).  Spectacular blue jacaranda and flaming flamboyant tree blooms line the boulevards in springtime Bulawayo.                

November

Take it easy

At this time of year, Zimbabwe is hot and humid especially in low-lying areas so maybe go fishing or play golf in the cool Eastern Highlands – a delightful relief after a game viewing in the hot, dry parks.

December

Rock the New Year in Victoria Falls

This annual three-day carnival gets bigger and bigger every year as revellers from around the region rock up for this International rock/pop festival (www.vicfallscarnival.com).  But don’t arrive in town hoping to find accommodation during the carnival – the place is chock full!        

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