Malawi has a hot summer rainfall season from November to April so the best time to visit is during the drier winter months - early May to late October. Winter gets chilly high up on the northern Nyika Plateau but down on the shore of Lake Malawi you can expect warm, sunny and dry days - great beach weather! This is also when to go to Malawi for the best game viewing - much of the vegetation has thinned out and animals are concentrated at rivers and permanent waterholes.
We’d recommend avoiding a Malawi holiday during the mid-summer months of January and February: temperatures can get uncomfortably hot and humid, rainfall is at its highest - and so is the risk of malaria - while some of the roads in the national parks become impassable.
Planning on combining a visit to Malawi with other Southern Africa destinations? Read our advice on the:
For more information on when to go to Malawi, use our detailed climate guide below or simply enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts.
At a Glance
Malawi's big game parks are growing in size and stature but Africa's friendliest country is all about fantastic Lake Malawi; prepare for a classic beach holiday at the heart of the continent.