Malawi is an almost year-round destination. But due to the varied landscape, the weather does change from region to region… so when it’s heating up on the lakeshore at the end of September, it’s likely to be lovely and cool at the Nyika Plateau. If it’s a straight up answer you are looking for, the best time to visit Malawi for game viewing is during the drier winter months from May to October.
Take a closer look at the average maximum and minimum temperates and average rainfall for Blantyre below, and the for Nyika Plateau below that – which it situated at a higher altitude.
Malawi has a distinct wet and dry season, so we’ll take a look at each of these below to get a better idea of which parts of the country to visit when.
The dry season runs from May to October. This is the best time to visit Malawi for game viewing, and for a beach holiday. The bush is dry, so animals are easy to spot. They also gather around concentrated water sources, so you don’t have to look very hard to find them!
And even though it is ‘winter’, temperatures near the lower lying areas of Lake Malawi are warm and pleasant. This is a perfect time to laze on the beach, canoe on the lake and soak up with sun (especially in August and September).
The wet season runs from November to April, with the heaviest rains occurring from December to February (we usually don’t encourage a visit during these months). But either side of that – and if your focus isn’t solely on game viewing and you don’t mind the heat and a bit of rain – it’s still worth a visit.
The scenery is lush, migratory birds are plentiful, new babies are being born, and low season rates apply. The lake is also calmest between November and March so this is the best time to visit Malawi for diving.
Keen botanists might also want visit the higher Nyika Plateau as it is cooler and offers some of the best orchid displays at this time of year.
But it is worth noting that the malaria is more of a risk during the wet season.
Here’s a quick summary:
Best time to go (and Peak Season)
Good for: Wildlife safaris, beach holidays
November to May
Good for: Low season rates, bird watching, calving season, great time to be in the Nyika Plateau however for the orchids and warmer weather
April to August – it’s cooler and there’s almost no rain
January to March – plenty of rain and humid, high temperatures
f you are keen to discover more about the ‘warm heart of Africa’, read our blog where we mention 8 reasons to visit Malawi.
‘When is the best time to visit Malawi’ is written by Cedarberg Africa
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