Best time to visit Malawi
Bordered in the north by Tanzania and Zambia, and in the south by Mozambique, Malawi lies between two climatic mega-zones: itís either wet, or dry, but never very cold.
Malawiís climate is broadly defined by two seasons: wet and dry. The rainy season, December until late March, can bring some quite serious flooding, so itís not the best time to visit Malawi for safari, but if birding is your thing, itís brilliant as migrating species flock from the Northern Hemisphere to the countryís national parks. Malawi begins to dry out in April and May, bringing more sunshine and stable temperatures perfect for watching animals emerge all over Liwonde National Park. The best time to visit is probably June, July and August, with pleasant temperatures and the landscape still green.
When to go to Malawi month by month
Malawi Weather Chart
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Festivals & events in Malawi
The Lake of Stars Festival
Launched in 2003, The Lake of Stars Festival brings musicians and performers from around the world to perform on the gorgeous sandy shores of Lake Malawi. Each September, this weekend festival serves a curated line up of music, with local talent playing alongside established international names, across three stages. Talks, poetry, traditional dance, fashion, theatre and art complement the music and the blissful setting provides the chilled-out atmosphere.†
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