The dry season in Malawi is during the winter months between April and November, which is when the country welcomes the majority of its annual visitors. This is generally the best time of year for safaris, with the exception of Nyika National Park, which is more enjoyable during the wet season.
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Visiting Lake Malawi is best during the dry season too, when you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling and all manner of water sports in the crystal-clear inland waters. Which is good news if you want to combine a lake trip with a safari in one of the national parks.
December to March is Malawi’s wet season, and despite the presence of daily rain, this can still be a great time of year to travel. Prices are slashed and tourists are few, in what is already a very under-visited country. This is also when animals are born, and seeing the youngsters totter about the savannahs is a real treat.
Temperatures are high, however, and humidity can be oppressive with frequent thunderstorms, so some travellers will prefer to avoid this time of year. The rain does cause damage to the country’s road network and journeys become more of a challenge – usually best attempted in a 4x4.