When is the best time of year to visit Malawi? Everyone has a favourite time of year, but we believe Malawi offers something different for everyone, whatever the weather!
The Cool Season! May to Mid-August.
This is the beginning of the dry season in Malawi. The landscape still retains its beautiful rich colours from the rains, but the temperature in Malawi this time of year is wonderful and cool, making it an ideal time of year for hiking Mulanje or visiting Lake Malawi. Evening temperatures can drop below 0 in the highlands of Nyika and Mulanje so take lots of layers to stay warm!
Steamy Hot Season! Mid August to November.
Perhaps the best widllife season in Malawi is from August to November. Liwonde National Park and Majete Widlife Reserve are teeming with wildlife and Lake Malawi sees the arrival of many international artists for the famous Lake Of Stars Festival. Days heat up to the high thirties and we would recommend staying at Malawi lodges offering swimming pools, or at a high altitude- like Ntchisi Forest Lodge. Local villagers are beginning to prepare their fields for planting and the arrival of the rains. This is also a great time to visit a local community project in Malawi.
Umbrella's Out- Rainy Season! November to April.
Hot humid days and short sharp showers characterize Malawi weather in November. The rainy season in Malawi is a photographer's paradise. The hills, mountains and rivers come to life, village life becomes a hive of activity and the views from the peaks and plateaus are stunning. Hike, bike or horseride on Zomba Pleateau or head up to Livingstonia and the cooler climate of the hills.The rains on the lakeshore usually come overnight making the days hot and balmy and offering wonderful snorkelling and diving in Malawi.
Malawi's Short Autumn Season! April to May.
Perhaps Malawi's prettiest time of year. The rains are almost over and the landscape is a sea of green. Maize is being picked and roadside stalls brim with fruit and veggies- Malawi community project visits can include learning about preparing traditional Malawian cuisine and even an opportunity to pound your own Nsima! With temperatures dropping, this is the ideal time to visit Lake Malawi- lodges like Norman Carr Cottage and island retreat such as Mumbo Island offer visitors fully inclusive rates with options of boat trips, snorkelling, sailing and kayaking.