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: it’s either wet, or dry, but never very cold.
Malawi’s climate is broadly defined by two seasons: wet and dry. The rainy season, December until late March, can bring some quite serious flooding, so it’s not the best time to visit Malawi for safari, but if birding is your thing, it’s brilliant as migrating species flock from the Northern Hemisphere to the country’s 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.
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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.
More about Malawi
Our Malawi travel guide will help you explore an African country that’s as well-known for its hospitable and friendly people as its wonderful wildlife parks including Nyika and Liwonde national parks.
Our Malawi map and highlights page details some of the most fascinating and rewarding destinations in the country, from national parks to lakeside spots to hiking routes.
Huge efforts have been made over the past decade or so to revitalise the country’s national parks and reserves, and a safari is now one of the essential things to do in Malawi.
Once run-down and depleted due to years of poaching and neglect, Malawi’s national parks and reserves are beginning to thrive, thanks to successful conservation programmes.
Also known as the Lake of Stars, Lake Malawi is part of the Great Rift Valley chain of lakes, and is the country’s top travel destination, ideal for snorkelling.
Liwonde National Park has some of the best river-based wildlife viewing in Africa, and recent conservation efforts have bolstered big game numbers.
Read insider tips from our holiday companies and fellow responsible travellers – on everything from the best way to get around Malawi to what to pack for a trip here.
The drive to make the tourism sector in Malawi more responsible is ever-increasing.