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When to Go

Travel to Malawi during dry winter

Travel to Malawi during its long dry winter – May to October. Not only will you enjoy the best weather for Lake Malawi but it’s prime time for game viewing across the region. You’ll catch Malawi’s parks at their best and neighbouring Zambia is in peak game viewing season. Activities like white water rafting and guided walking safaris are at their best, there’s plenty of water thundering over Victoria Falls, and the risk of malaria is at its lowest.

Conditions are warm and dry with cool nights from May to August; temperatures rise several degrees in September and October but game viewing is at is most exciting in Zambia, Victoria Falls and Botswana. Rains become heavy in December and the risk of malaria increases as the rainy season unfolds. You’ll see Malawi at its greenest and the bird watching is excellent but you are unlikely to get a consistently dry and sunny beach holiday.

Dec/ Jan/ Feb
Peak rainy season – Malawi travel not recommended
Mar/ Apr
Less rain, cooler temperatures
May - Sep
Dry season – best time for Lake Malawi & game viewing; best time for Zambia
Oct/ Nov
End of dry season – very hot


Lake Malawi, game reserves & culture

1. Discover Lake Malawi

Clear blue water, golden beaches & as much or as little as you want to do – it’s the ultimate post-safari wind-down for families, honeymooners & those looking for an away-from-it-all escape.

2. Dive into the Blue

Lake Malawi’s blue waters hide a pleasant surprise: thousands of dazzling fish. In fact, no other lake on Earth has more freshwater fish species! Snorkelling & diving adventures are part of the Lake Malawi experience.

3. Go on a Game Drive

Malawi is often combined with safari giant Zambia but you can go game viewing in Malawi’s own Liwonde & Majete reserves. You’ll have sightings much to yourself & the company of friendly & knowledgeable guides.

4. Cruise the River

Sit back on a boat & watch Malawi’s wildlife pass by. The Shire River flows through Liwonde & Majete reserves, giving you the chance to spot hippos & crocodiles plus a wealth of birdlife

5. Walk the Wild Side

A guided nature walk gives you the chance to see the smaller details & enjoy some excellent bird watching. Undiscovered by tourists, Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush is an adventure.

6. Waterskiing the Lake

Lake Malawi, is an inland sea, that offers the chance for almost every water sport that you can ever imagine. For those seeking some activity some of the lodges on Lake Malawi offer waterskiing and other watersports.

7. Get Romantic

A number of our properties have honeymoon suites to ensure extra space and privacy for our couples. In addition with offer some surprise romantic extras, private dinners,activities and more.

8. Drink a Tea

One of the not-to-be-missed experiences unique to staying on a tea growing estate. This is a definite for tea enthusiasts and simple occasional tea drinkers alike. See if you can taste the differences!

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