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.

Malawi Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
18
27
223
FEB
18
27
188
MAR
17
27
129
APR
15
27
45
MAY
12
26
9
JUN
9
24
1
JUL
9
24
1
AUG
10
25
0
SEP
13
28
1
OCT
16
30
8
NOV
18
30
59
DEC
18
28
179

Malawi month by month

Itís wet, wet, wet in Malawi from December, January, February and March, and during this rainy season, around 95 percent of Malawiís total annual rainfall drops from the skies. There is often some thunder in the mix, too, with storms reaching peak severity in late March. By April and May, the rains have stopped, leaving behind a green and refreshed landscape. Often, wet mist floats down from the highlands into the plateaus. June, July and August temperatures rise to between 17įC and 27įC, and fall away to between 4įC and 10įC. Itís not unheard of to have frost in June and July at night. From September to October, Malawi is at its hottest, with temperatures climbing into the 30įCs, and humidity on the rise now, too. The Lake of Stars Festival takes place in September. September to November is the best time to see wildlife in Malawiís parks and reserves, as hotter temperatures cause the greenery to die back, improving visibility, and force animals to cluster around available water sources. November†is a very changeable month in Malawi. It can be hot and dry, like the weather in October, but the first of the rainy seasonís downpours can also strike now. In fact, you might get both on successive days.

Our top Malawi Holiday

Zambia & Malawi small group safari

Zambia & Malawi small group safari

Unique adventure safari kayaking, game viewing & hiking

From £2435 to £2690 16 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 23 Nov
2020: 4 Apr, 23 May, 1 Aug, 29 Aug, 12 Sep, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 21 Nov
Travel Team
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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.†
Written by Joanna Simmons
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