Best Time to Visit Malawi

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Malawi. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Lilongwe und Blantyre. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Malawi for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 6 °C to 31 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 08.27 in (0 – 15 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 19.2 °C (Lilongwe) and 22.4 °C (Blantyre)
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General and Geography

The Republic of Malawi has only one third of the size of germany and is still an insider tip for tourists. The capital of the landlocked state, which was a British colony under the name Njassaland until 1964, is Lilongwe in southwestern Malawi.

According to current statistics, Malawi has about 17 million inhabitants, made up of 13 different cultural groups and ethnic groups. Even today, about half the population lives on less than one US dollar a day.

An extraordinarily high birth rate of more than 5 children per woman ensures further explosiveness through enormous population growth. Malawi is undoubtedly a developing country heavily dependent on international support.

Nevertheless, the expansion of sustainable tourism is a great opportunity for this varied and beautiful country, which, however, with Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, has some tourist heavyweights in Africa right on its doorstep.

The most important destination in Malawi and the country’s lifeline is Lake Malawi, which accounts for more than a fifth of the country’s total area. It is the third largest lake in Africa after Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. Travellers land in the capital Lilongwe, which can be easily reached by South African Airways via Johannesburg.

Climate in Malawi

Market day (Christiane Birr)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in Malawi can be classified as subtropical to tropical and is essentially characterized by a large rainy season, which, however, is regionally differently pronounced due to the large north-south extent. In principle, the rainy season lasts longer in the north (usually October to May) than in the south (November to April).

The higher an area is, the more precipitation is to be registered as a rule also. Already from the end of August or the beginning of September the humidity in Malawi becomes increasingly high and slowly starts the rainy season. The rainy months are December, January and February.

Most rain falls in the afternoon and evening hours. The African winter is very dry in Malawi and remains pleasantly mild, especially during the day. The country is thus living up to its marketing slogan”The warm heart of Africa”, also with regard to the climate.

Best Time to Visit Malawi: Overview

JanuaryJan
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FebruaryFeb
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MarchMar
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 29 °C

When is the best travel time for Malawi?


The best time to travel in Malawi depends, as always, on the desired activities and the preferred type of travel. While some’repeat offenders’ appreciate the special atmosphere and tranquility of the rainy season, the dry season is definitely to be preferred by most travellers.

We recommend the period April to October as the best travel season for Malawi, whereby the second half of the month is particularly recommended for April. Especially for Lake Malawi, our favorites are the months of May and September. In most years October still brings ideal conditions.

Especially pleasant is the water temperature of Lake Malawi, which is suitable for swimming all year round at 23 °C to 25 °C. For safaris in Malawi the end of the dry season (August, September, October) with ideal conditions for wildlife observation in the protected areas is recommended.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Malawi) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
LilongweApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October
BlantyreApril, May, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Malawi

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Lilongwe

Climate Chart Lilongwe
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Blantyre

Climate Chart Blantyre
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Day Temperatures

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Precipitation

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Malawi

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Malawi, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation in Lilongwe (Malawi)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°26°26°26°25°23°23°25°27°30°30°27°
Night Temperature17°17°16°13°10°11°14°16°17°
Precipitation (inch)7.878.275.121.180000002.766.69
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Lilongwe is 19.2 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: November (23 °C)
Coldest month: July (14 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 31.89 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, and February
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 16.14 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Lilongwe.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Blantyre (Malawi)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°28°27°27°26°24°23°26°29°31°30°29°
Night Temperature20°20°19°18°16°14°13°15°17°19°20°20°
Precipitation (inch)7.996.974.691.540.390.160.120.040.20.793.196.46
Rainy days1513116210002815
Hours of Sunshine677888889986
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Blantyre is 22.4 °C.

Warmest month: October (25.4 °C)
Coldest month: July (18.3 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 32.52 inch on 73 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, and February
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 14.96 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Blantyre.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, September is the sunniest month with an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


For a long time Malawi, whose warm inhabitants alone are worth a trip, was in conversation only because of the impressive Malawi Lake. While bathing is only recommended to a limited extent due to various factors, the lake remains a real paradise for animal lovers and divers.

For a long time, however, safari fans in Malawi did not get their money’s worth, as excessive poaching had largely destroyed the animal population. Only a large-scale resettlement between 2003 and 2013 allowed the fauna of the country to shine again and new extensive protection measures were taken.

Today Malawi has real safari experiences to offer besides its lake and the brilliant mountains. With the Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park, two reserves offer an amazing range of African wildlife (including the Big Five), off the beaten track.

Also the Kasungu National Park and the Kuti Wildlife Reserve in Salima have become very interesting for travellers. Other attractions in Malawi include Mount Mulanje, Lake Chilwa, the rock paintings of Chongoni and the fantastic Kapichira Falls. Cities worth seeing are Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Blantyre
broken clouds     broken clouds, 20.1 °C
Clouds: 82 %       Wind: 7 mph OSO
Air Pressure: 1016.73 hPa       Humidity: 81 %
Last updated: 14th Oct 2019, 10:28 pm
The next days …
15th Oct 201916th Oct 201917th Oct 201918th Oct 201919th Oct 201920th Oct 2019
sky is clear17 °C to 30 °Clight rain17 °C to 27 °Clight rain16 °C to 27 °Clight rain17 °C to 29 °Csky is clear19 °C to 32 °Cscattered clouds21 °C to 35 °C
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Malawi: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Malawi holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Clemens, 60 years old was there in October

    In lilongwe and in the north (Mzuzu, Livingstonia,Nkoto Beach) very nice, Monkey Bay excellent, Liwonde partly heavy rain covered with thunderstorm, Mulantje and Chilwa Lake partly covered, Blantyre beautiful

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Konrad, 29 years old was there in May

    In the north around Mzuzuzu it rains actually always. In the middle and the south, however, it was perfect. Temperatures throughout the country very pleasant, around 25°C during the day.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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