We’re just a few months away from the start of Zambia’s famed ‘Emerald Season’, which is when the heavens open and Zambia is blessed with life-giving rainfall from November to April. Particularly noticeable in the South Luangwa, the rains transform the valley into a lush, emerald green paradise from which the rainy season takes its name. With an increase in rainfall becoming more noticeable in November, December and January are statistically the wettest months in Zambia, with an average rainfall of just over 7 and 8 inches respectively. Although wet, the temperatures remain remarkably warm and consistent throughout.
Aside from all the much needed new vegetation that sustains the wildlife of Zambia, the Emerald Season is a wildlife photographers dream! The lush foliage contrasts brilliantly with the contented animals, and the feeling of rejuvenation is hard to miss. With so much rain around, there is a myriad of bird, plant and animal life which seems even more vibrant than usual.
Check out these photographs below to get a sense of how striking the contrasts of the Emerald Season can be:
The Emerald Season is a also the perfect time to take advantage of the special rates offered by our preferred lodge partners, with most offering great value shoulder season rates. We’ve put together a couple of our favourites for you below:
1. Stay 3, Pay 2*
The Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge is offering three nights for the price of two, at a massive saving of US$400.00 per person. Once the personal retreat of Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kuanda, Chichele Presidential Lodge offers you the chance to relax in total luxury with the whole of the South Luangwa National Park as your backdrop.
2. Green Season Offer*
Spend a minimum of six nights at a combination of selected Sanctuary lodges and camps in Botswana and Zambia and only pay US$450.00 per person per night at Stanley’s Camp, Chobe Chilwero, Sussi & Chuma and Chichele Presidential Lodge.
*Terms and Conditions apply.