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When is the best time to visit Malawi?

Broadly speaking, Malawi has two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from May to October. Within this, May to August is a cooler time of year with bright sunshine and fresh evenings.

Temperatures start to rise in September and remain high throughout the rainy season, which runs from November to April. The heaviest rains are often in December, January and February. Because of Malawi's varied landscape, regional variations in weather are significant. The lower lying lake shore areas are warmer all year round, while temperatures in the highlands are refreshingly cool in the day with chilly evenings; particularly in winter.

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August through to October is fantastic for game viewing in the national parks. The weather is perfect for relaxing in the sunshine at the lake shore or making the most of the many activities and watersports on offer.

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Malawi Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lake Malawi 84°F 10" 84°F 9" 84°F 13" 84°F 11" 81°F 5" 79°F 1" 79°F 1" 81°F 0" 84°F 0" 86°F 1" 88°F 5" 84°F 10"
Liwonde National Park 86°F 9" 86°F 9" 86°F 6" 84°F 2" 82°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 1" 91°F 3" 88°F 8"
Nyika Plateau 68°F 10" 68°F 9" 68°F 10" 66°F 5" 64°F 1" 64°F 0" 64°F 0" 66°F 0" 70°F 0" 73°F 1" 75°F 4" 70°F 8"
Thyolo Region 81°F 11" 81°F 9" 79°F 8" 77°F 5" 75°F 2" 70°F 1" 70°F 1" 75°F 1" 81°F 0" 84°F 2" 84°F 5" 81°F 10"
Zomba Plateau 81°F 11" 81°F 10" 79°F 8" 79°F 3" 75°F 1" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 75°F 0" 81°F 0" 86°F 1" 84°F 4" 81°F 10"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Malawi

Canoeing From Tongole

Visiting Malawi in December

The rains become more regular in December, with thunderstorms occurring every few days. High-pitched chirping sounds of baby crocodiles alert the mother that the incubation period is over. She then breaks open the sand-covered chamber and assists the hatchlings out of their shells by rolling the eggs between her tongue and palate. The mother crocodile then delicately transports them in her mouth to the water’s edge, and continues guarding them for two more weeks.

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