Lake Kariba, located in the Zambezi Valley, is a tropical climate, hot all-year-round with a dry winter season, though by any standards “winter” is a misnomer because of the warm temperatures. A hot summer’s day in October before the rains can reach 40C +. Here’s a snapshot of climatic conditions on the lake:
Average Min/Max temperatures in Centigrade:
Jan 31/21; Feb 31/21; Mar 32/20; Apr 31/19; May 29/15; June 29/13; July 29/12; Aug 32/15; Sep 34/19; Oct 37/23; Nov 34/23; Dec 32/22.
Average rainfall in mm:
Jan 170; Feb 165; Mar 102; Apr 33; May 4; June 3; July 0; Aug 4; Sep 0; Oct 8; Nov 81; Dec 173
Average Sun Hours Per Day:
Jan 7; Feb 7; Mar 8; Apr 9; May 10; June 10; July 10; Aug 10; Sep 10; Oct 10; Nov 8; Dec 6.
Best time of the year
For tiger fishing the warm months before the rains (September & October) are the very best, though fishing generally for bream and tiger is enticing at any time of the year and very popular. The annual Kariba International Tiger Fishing Tournament (KITFT) has been held for more than 50 years in the hottest month of October when the biggest catches are realised.
For international travellers seeking a touch of paradise on earth to relax, swim, fish, game view in most comfortable conditions the months of April, May, August, September are the most excellent.