Malawi experiences two distinct seasons, the rainy season runs from November to April and is also the hottest time of year, the dry cool season runs from June to August. May is a transitional month between the rainy season and the dry season while September and October are transitional from the cool dry season to the rainy season. Malawi has a very varied terrain and altitudes with rainfall and temperature strongly influenced by this topograpy.
Temperatures October is the peak of the dry season with the hottest temperatures being reached (into 40°C). This lasts until the rains starts in December
These are the winter months between Mid March (Cold Mornings and Evenings) and October (reaching top temperatures)
The First showers bring much relief in November with heavy, short showers. By January the rainy season starts producing lush green landscapes. Ending in early April
Best known for: Beaches & water activities on Lake Malawi. Authentic cultural experiences, interacting with the friendliest people in the world.
Lesser known for: Not previously known as a top safari destination, that has changed recently with massive investment into Malawi’s reserves and multiple translocations, including of lion, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, elephant and rhino. Also a great hiking destination.
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Malawi Tourism contact information
Malawi COVID Protocols
Botswana COVID-19 Travel Protocols
Updated: 05 September 2022
- From 01 June 2022 fully vaccinated travellers with a digital vaccination certificate no longer require a PCR test
- All Unvaccinated travellers must take a PCR COVID-19 test, no older than 72 hours on the day of arrival & authorised by the Trusted Travel Framework
- PLEASE NOTE: Children under the age of 1 are exempt from PCR test requirements
- Presentation of COVID-19 vaccination certificate / PCR -ve certificate & TT code as outlined.
Dependent on airline / transit point / final destination
Useful links and documents
- 19 May Announcement
- Malawi Travel Guide, including the Trusted Travel Framework.
- Land Borders have re-opened but visas are not available on arrival. CLICK HERE to see all those countries that require visas.
- Visas can be obtained on arrival at Lilongwe and Blantyre International Airports.