Victoria Falls Seasons – Zimbabwe

Posted on September 29th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Victoria Falls Seasons,  Zimbabwe – When Scottish explorer, Dr David Livingstone first laid eyes on the Falls in 1855, little did he know that it would be confirmed as the world’s largest waterfall, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, and a World Heritage Site.

Little has changed since people discovered Mosi-oa-Tunya thousands of years ago – what you see now is the same astonishing view that awed Livingstone and everyone else lucky enough to see the Falls.

 

Victoria Falls Seasons:

  • High-water season is from about February to July – expect the most spectacular views of the Falls and prepare to get a little wet.
  • Low-water season is from about August to January – this is the best time for white-water rafting and swimming in  Devils Pool.
  • Safari high or peak season is from about June to October – a good time to combine a safari with a visit to Vic Falls. Bear in mind that the later you visit, the drier the Falls will be. The ‘sweet spot’ for a good safari and great views is generally about July and August, which is also a very popular time to visit. Reservations should be secured well in advance.

During high-water season, more than 17 million cubic feet (481 386 cubic metres) of water fall over the edge every single minute – that’s almost 200 times more than an Olympic swimming pool or 12 000 pools in an hour!

When to Go: Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

It might be the largest waterfall on earth and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, but it’s also the mild winters and hot summers that make Victoria Falls a popular year-round destination.

Quick Advice:

Like almost everything else in Africa, the spectacle at the Falls is entirely dependent on rainfall. When you choose to travel will have a massive impact on your experience at Vic Falls. It is a wonderful destination to visit year-round, but if there are specific sights and activities that you’d like to include in your Falls itinerary, keep these travel seasons in mind:

Rain may vary from year to year. Always ask your Africa Safari Expert about current and projected water levels for when you want to travel to avoid disappointment.

The rule of thumb is: any activity on the water is best when water levels are at their lowest, otherwise the current is too strong. Any activity on land or in the air is best when water levels are higher, so you can enjoy the most dramatic views.

 

Summer: November to April

Expect dramatic and short afternoon thunderstorms, hot and humid weather conditions, and spectacular sunsets. The Zambezi River is usually low during December, rising steadily as the rain water starts to arrive from the Angolan highlands. The rainy Green Season revitalises Southern Africa between December and April.

Winter: July to August

The moderate winter months in Southern Africa are sunny and dry, and a great time to combine your tour to Victoria Falls with a wildlife safari in the superb national parks of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or South Africa.

TIP: October is the hottest month of the year in Vic Falls (around 34°C / 93°F), and one of the very best months for safari. The animals don’t stray far from the little remaining water, but the Falls are at their very lowest and the Zambian side will the completely dry. Be sure to choose which is most important to you – game viewing or the Falls – if you’re travelling around this time.

 

High-water Season

Between February and July, the mighty Zambezi River is in full flood and the Falls are at its most thunderous – usually peaking between March and April. Dazzling clouds of mist can float 1 312ft (400m) above the Falls! Expect to get drenched by spray at most of the vantage points on the Zim and Zambia sides.

TIP: You can rent or buy a poncho or an umbrella at the Falls.

 

Best time for:

The Falls’ lunar rainbows or ‘moonbows’ are rare atmospheric phenomena that occur when the bright glow of a perfect full moon reflects and refracts off the mist created by the waterfall. Niagara Falls also used to produce colourful lunar rainbows, but sadly the light pollution in the area has eliminated these beautiful occurrences.

 

Low-water Season

The Zambezi’s water levels are low from August to January, and at its lowest from October until the rains start again.

 

Best time for:

 

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Volunteer and Safari Combo at N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted on September 22nd, 2020 by Overland Africa

Volunteer and Safari Combo at N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

The internationally acclaimed N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 2007 to care for Namibia’s orphaned, sick, injured and abused animals, from predators to primates and everything in between and at any one time you can expect to encounter anything from baboons to cheetah to lion to aardvark and more.

 

N/a’ankuse aims to rehabilitate and release all animals that come to the sanctuary, however for those that can’t be released they provide a safe and secure sanctuary to enjoy the rest of their life. From humble beginnings, N/a’ankuse has gone on to become one of Namibia’s, and the world’s most well-known wildlife sanctuaries with the addition of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 2017 to care for orphaned and injured rhino and elephant through funding from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, loyal supporters of N/a’ankuse.

 

The sanctuary is run on a day to day basis by a dedicated team of conservationists, with the help of a team of volunteers to make sure all animals are fed, monitored and enclosures kept clean to name a few jobs.

 

N/a’ankuse, which means ‘god will protect us’ in the local San Bushman language,  also aims to assist and benefit the often-marginalised San (Bushman) people of Namibia through the Clever Cubs School offering free private primary education, the LifeLine Clinic offering medical assistance to the Epukiro community as well as offering employment and training at N/a’ankuse to the San community.

 

POST COVID-19 TOURISM SPECIALS

In addition to day visits to the wildlife sanctuary, N/a’ankuse also offers visitors the chance to actively participate in conservation by volunteering on their wildlife conservation project. This allows guests the opportunity to be involved in all day to day tasks of animal conservation for those residents that are not able to be released. This includes exercising the animals daily, preparing food, cleaning enclosures and checking enclosure perimeter fences as well as more preventative conservation duties such as monitoring free roaming carnivores through GPS data, analysing camera trap photos, game counts and more. No day is ever the same or ever boring and volunteers are rewarded with incredible memories of Africa that will never be forgotten. Volunteers do not require any special skills, just a passion for animal conservation and willingness to get their hands dirty and have a great time. Spend a week getting you hands dirty doing important wildlife conservation before exploring Namibia on one of our volunteer and safari combinations below!

Click the below for our combo offers:

Volunteer and Safari Combo – 12 day N/a’an ku sê, Etosha & Swakopmund

Volunteer and Safari Combo – 13 Day N/a’an ku sê, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei & Canyons

Volunteer and Safari Combo – 14 day N/a’an ku sê & Dunes & Wildlife

Volunteer & Safari Combo – 15 Day N/a’an ku sê, Wildlife & Himba

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Malawi

Posted on September 10th, 2020 by Overland Africa

 – Updated 16 October 2020 –

 

Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe is open for international commercial and charter flights.

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • All arriving passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 10 days before arrival in Malawi. Any passenger arriving without a negative test result will be denied entry into Malawi.
  • All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form and undergo basic screening.
  • Only passengers and airport staff will be allowed to enter the terminals and are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing at all times.

 

Mandatory quarantine – All arriving passengers are required to self-isolate at the  address they declare on arrival for a period of 14 days.

 

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  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Madagascar

Posted on September 10th, 2020 by Overland Africa

-Updated 16 October 2020 –

 

The Malagasy government has announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October 2020. Travel will be limited to Nosy Be and the surrounding archipelagos – no travel to the mainland of Madagascar will be allowed. Fascene Airport on Nosy Be will be ready to welcome international visitors and perform the necessary health checks and testing. Domestic travel within Madagascar resumed in September 2020, with international travel expected to resume when Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo reopens for international visitors.

Open for International Travel –  1 October 2020 – only the island of Nosy Be

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required.

 

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