January - March (the Green Season)
Max temp 31°c min temp 20°c, Av rainfall 200mm per month
Kapani Chinzombo will be open throughout, Kakuli opens for Rivers & Rainbows safaris in the middle of January until the beginning of April.
These are usually the wettest months of the year but it is important to know that gameviewing activities, although they may be interrupted or delayed, are very rarely cancelled. Storms can be very dramatic with huge, impressive cloud formations but clear skies in between. The air tends to be very clear in these months and the bush at its most lush and verdant, photographic opportunities are excellent.
The Luangwa River itself becomes a central feature; usually running close to the top of its banks it can rise or fall by up to a metre in just a few hours. Kakuli is the only remote bush camp in the region which is open at this time of year and boating safaris from this camp offer guests a very special treat.
With the rain comes a time of plenty in the bush. Many of the herbivores are tending young and there are noticeably more young elephant in the breeding herds. Migrant birds have swelled the resident populations and many of them are in full breeding plumage and song.
Watch how the Kapani Lagoon changes across the seasons
April & May
Max temp 32°c, min temp 19°c, Average rainfall 100 mm in April 0mm in May
Kapani Chinzombo is open throughout, Kakuli closes in early April when the river becomes too low to guarantee easy access but then opens again along with Mchenja, Nsolo and Luwi towards the middle to end of May.
Rain in April is usually restricted to a few isolated showers.
The roads start to dry out extending our access through the Park. Sandbanks start to emerge from the river attracting wading birds and the lagoons which are still full become gathering points for the animals.
Temperatures start to fall in May with the onset of the Southern Hemisphere winter.