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Best Time to Visit Malawi


January sees many lake lodges closed due to heavy rain, and the high temperatures are accompanied by equally high humidity.

  • AVERAGE SUNSHINE = 6 hours

What's the weather going to be like in Malawi in January?

  • Days are hot and nights have a sultry feel
  • January is in the middle of the country’s green season, so it’s very wet
  • Temperatures are high
  • Sturdy rainwear is a must, over cool layers
  • Thunderstorms are particularly prevalent this time of year.

What are the highlights of visiting Malawi in January?

  • This isn’t a popular time of year to visit, so where properties stay open it’s unlikely they’ll be booked up
  • It’s a magical month for birders – if you stay in a lodge offering birding as an activity, you’ll see many migratory species from the Northern Hemisphere
  • If you’re combining time on Lake Malawi with a Zambia safari, you’ll enjoy brilliant birding in the latter country too, as well as low rates, opportunities for boating safaris, gorgeously green scenery, and the charming sights of calving season
  • Hoping to avoid other travellers? January is certainly one of Lake Malawi’s quiet times.

Any lowlights?

  • The majority of Lake Malawi’s lodges are closed this month, and any that are open offer little in the way of activities
  • January can feel pretty humid, making conditions uncomfortable for some travellers
  • If you’re not keen on rain, this is not the best time for you to visit
  • There are a lot of mosquitoes about
  • Meanwhile in Zambia, there’s less availability of camps and lodges, dense vegetation makes for fewer wildlife sightings, and some areas can’t be accessed at all due to floods.