Best Time to Visit – Nkhotakota WR

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

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The best months to view wildlife are from July to October (the latter half of the Dry season). This is due to water in the bush having dried up. Animals tend to gather around remaining water sources at this time, making them relatively easy to see. Be aware though that the heat in October can be punishing.

Best Time July to October (Dry bush, animals are easy to find)
High Season July to October (Never busy, but high season rates)
Low Season November to June (Low season rates apply)
Best Weather April to August (It is cooler and hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather December to March (Hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season

  • Best time for wildlife watching
  • Not much rain and plenty of sunshine
  • It never gets very busy
  • With few mosquitos to bother people, the malaria risk is low
  • High season rates are applicable from July to October
  • Skies are very hazy and the bush looks brittle and dry
  • October can be unbearably hot
  • Chilly mornings from May to September when the mercury plummets

November to April Wet Season

  • Scenery is idyllic – green and fresh
  • There are few tourists and rates are lower
  • Best time for birders as migratory birds are present
  • Lots of newborn animals
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as the Dry season
  • The weather is hot and muggy
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season
  • Rains can badly affect the roads

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to go to Malawi by Major Park

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