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Best Time to Visit Malawi

When is the best time to visit Malawi?

We are often asked, “When is the best time to visit Malawi?”.

The answer is depending completely on what you want to do in Malawi. Malawi can be visited throughout the year.

There is really not a bad time to go to Malawi, but a few seasonal factors merit consideration.

Peak Season

Climatically, the best time to visit Malawi runs from mid-April to August, being cool within the dry season. Since the chance of rain is slim, it is unlikely to cause road damage or otherwise disrupt your travel plans.

The risk of contracting malaria is greatly reduced, and the low vegetation and limited availability of water mean that game viewing is at its best. Daytime temperatures are generally pleasant.

Especially, in June, July, and August, this is the “peak season” for visiting Malawi.

An advantage of travelling during November to April is that rain transforms the parched winter landscape to a lush paradise alive with green foliage, colourful wildflowers and a wealth of fresh fruits and vegetables.

For birdwatchers, this season is the optimum time to be in Malawi. Resident species are boosted by a variety of Palaearctic and intra-African migrants, and many species shed their dowdy winter plumage for brighter breeding colours.

Highlights of Malawi’s Seasons

The overall climate can be characterised as tropical (or sub-tropical at high altitudes).

There are three seasons. The months between mid-November and March are warm and wet, during which 95 per cent of annual precipitation takes place.

Those between April and August are cool and dry, especially June, July, and August can be very cold at night, while September and October are hot and dry.

The table list average daytime high and nighttime low temperatures 

A Month-by-Month Guide

January

Weather tip: Heavy rain with high humidity level

Flora & Fauna Tip:

Landscapes are lush and green and there is flurry of activity in all key wildness areas. Many migrant birds usually arrive during the start of the green season (from January to April) due to the climates north of the equator becoming less hospitable.

February

Weather tip: One of the wettest months of the year

Flora & Fauna Tip:

Many orchids come into bloom and can be seen in colourful patches. The ideal time for spotting migrant birds is also during February and March.

March

Weather Tip: A wet and humid month

Flora & Fauna Tip:

March is also an exceptional month for birdwatching and many migrant birds can be seen. Many herds of antelope can also be seen in closer proximity to Nyika’s pine forests, as they try to get shelter from the rains.

April

Weather Tip: the rain subsides gradually, and the temperatures fall a little.

Flora & Fauna Tip:

Due to the abundant rains, herds of antelope, buffalo and elephant comfortably wandering away from water sources. Wildlife disburses throughout the park and can, therefore, be seen in different locations.

May

Weather Tip: A very fresh and cool month; some rain but also clear weather

Flora & Fauna Tip:

May is a transitional month after the rains and in Liwonde National Park, many herds of elephant slowly start returning to the Shire River, which becomes the only major source of water in the park as waterholes dry up. Impala herds start to challenge each other over territory in preparation for their mating season in late May/early June.

June-July

Weather Tip: Cold nights, but during the days it warms up quickly

Flora & Fauna Tip:

In June and July, it’s possible to spot larger herds of elephant, which reach into the hundreds, and crocodile mating also occurs.

August-September

Weather Tip: Relatively warm but the nights cool down in August and warming up in September

Flora & Fauna Tip:

On the Northern Lakeshore, swarms of adult lake flies (which look like dense clouds of smoke) can be spotted hovering over the lake. The swarms attract fish and many species of birds. Winds often blow them to the shore where women from the local communities will catch them and prepare a local dish.

October-November

Weather Tip: Hot and dry month with little rain

Flora & Fauna Tip:

Landscapes are drier between October and November and foliage is no longer dense, this creates the optimal conditions for game viewing as many animals are considerably easier to track and spot.

December

Weather Tip: Start of the rainy season

Flora & Fauna Tip:

In December, crocodile hatchlings can be seen and heard. The high-pitched chirping sounds that they make alert their mother, that the incubation period is over.

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