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Malawi in February

February

This month sees most of Malawi’s lake lodges closed due to rainfall, but the country’s valleys are awash with colourful flowers.

  • DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE = 29°C
  • NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE = 22°C
  • AVERAGE RAINFALL = 219mm
  • AVERAGE SUNSHINE = 6 hours

WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN MALAWI IN FEBRUARY?

  • It’s very hot during the day and pretty close at night
  • Malawi is in the middle of its green season this month, so there’s plenty of rain
  • Temperatures are at their highest
  • Reliable rainwear is essential, over cool layers
  • Thunderstorms are less frequent than throughout January, but the rain is just as relentless.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING MALAWI IN FEBRUARY?

  • Properties that stay open despite the rains are very unlikely to book up
  • Birding is superb
  • Across the country’s valleys, a vast range of colourful orchids comes into bloom
  • Any travellers combining Lake Malawi with a few days on safari in Zambia will experience fabulous birding in Zambia too, in addition to low rates, exceptionally green scenery, and heart-warming sights of mother herbivores with their newborns
  • In common with January, February is a quiet time – perfect if you prefer to avoid other travellers while on holiday.

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • Many of the properties around Lake Malawi are closed, or unable to provide activities due to heavy rains
  • It’s very humid, which can prove stifling for some travellers
  • The constant rainfall doesn’t appeal to everyone
  • As it’s green season, there are a lot of mosquitoes about
  • Clients hoping to visit Zambia and Malawi might find that it’s a tricky time to be on safari in the former country – availability of camps and lodges is low, thick vegetation conceals the wildlife, and some areas become inaccessible due to flooding.