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Emerald Green Time in Zambia

Tracey Campbell - June 27, 2013

Whilst most people will try to avoid travelling anywhere during the rainy season, in Zambia it does have its benefits.

Mid-November sees the start of the Zambian rains, and these tend to last until the end of April, with the most rain falling in December, January, February and March.   In particular,  flooding can happen in the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa regions, making some areas here completely inaccessible.  Many of the temporary lodges and bush camps are dismantled, to let the vegetation recover.

This season is known as the Emerald or Green Season, as the rains turn everything a verdant lush green – so for a backdrop to your safari photos, it makes for a wonderful picture to proudly hang on your wall when you get home.   The wildlife also embraces the change of season, and many plains game will give birth at this time to take advantage of the abundance of food.  As a result, the predators also give birth too – after all, their food supply has just increased too…

So for the safari enthusiast, this is a magical time to come to Zambia for a safari holiday.  Not only is the wildlife viewing wondeful, there are less vehicles about due to the camp’s temporary closures, so it is less frantic and busy.  Coupled with the fact that these monts also tends to be the least expensive time to go on safari, it really is a win-win situation.   The only downside is that because of the increased water supply, the game is more dispersed throughout the Parks, rather than being concentrated around the rivers and lagoons as they tend to be during the dry season.  It makes finding the  game harder, but infinately more challenging and rewarding.

Now is the time to start planning your trip to Zambia during this season, so do give one of our consultants a call or drop us an email, and we would be delighted to help you!


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