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When is the best time to visit Malawi?

Malawi has two distinct seasons - the wet and dry season - each offering different experiences. The best time to visit Malawi is the dry season, between May and September. The dry season has cooler temperatures, fresh mornings and better chances at spotting wildlife. 

During the wet season, it is harder to spot animals, but it’s a great season for bird watchers as thousands of migratory birds appear in the trees.

It’s also easier to explore the country in the dry season, as the roads are clear and dry. In the wet season, some areas can be difficult to navigate due to heavy downpours and flooding. From May to August, the days will be sunny with blue skies, but from September onwards some clouds will start to appear and temperatures rise.

September is still a great month to spot Malawi’s animals as most of them are congregating around the remaining watering holes, and you can combine a safari with a trip to the Lake of Stars music festival at Lake Malawi’s shores.

From November to March, daily temperatures reach 25°c and barely drop below 20°c at night, but in the dry season, temperatures can drop to single digits, with July and August being the coldest months. Temperatures in the Nyika Plateau are usually cooler than the rest of the country, so the Plateau is a good place to escape the wet season heat.

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