According to Countryaah, the Kingdom of Eswatini is the second smallest state on the African continent. The length of the state border is just 535 kilometers, of which 105 kilometers are shared with Mozambique and 430 kilometers with South Africa. The Lusutfu, also known as the Great Usutu River and Maputo in the following, is the longest river in the country. Eswatini is divided into four landscape zones from west to east. In the west of the country lies the highlands called Highveld, which have an average height of 1,300 meters and merge to the South African Drakensberg to the west. The highest point within Eswatini is the 1,862 meter high Emlembe.
The subtropical Eswatini is located in the southern hemisphere, which is why the seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. In higher regions it is cooler and more humid. The country has the greatest amount of rain in the southern summer months between October and March. The west of the country is still temperate with high humidity, in the flat grasslands it becomes subtropical. On the eastern border with Mozambique, it is predominantly tropical and warm with maximum summer temperatures of over 32 degrees Celsius. The Lubombo Mountains, which are up to 600 meters high, are determined by a dry, subtropical climate.
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Due to the year-round warm temperatures in Eswatini, the Southeast African country can definitely be viewed as a year-round destination. In the southern winter (between May and August) it is drier and the daytime temperatures reach over 20 degrees. The nights can get surprisingly cold, however. In the southern summer between November and March it is warmer, and at higher altitudes it is also rainier. This period is ideal for safaris.
In Lesotho there are comparatively moderate temperatures with large fluctuations over the day. During the European summer, the southern winter takes place in Lesotho. Here the thermometer only rises to 17 degrees Celsius between June and August, the average temperature is 5 degrees Celsius. The summer between the months of November and March has temperature peaks of up to 35 degrees. In general, unexpected changes in weather are typical.
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With moderate temperatures and tolerable amounts of rain, the transition months around April and May as well as September and October are ideal for trips to southern Africa to Lesotho. Excursions in the southern winter between June and August are not recommended due to the frosty nights with snow in the higher elevations. From December to February it is very hot and rainy with numerous thunderstorms.
Angola is located on the Atlantic Ocean in southwest Africa. The country borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Namibia and is one of the larger countries in Africa. With a national territory of 1.25 million km² it has three times the area of the Federal Republic of Germany. The country is rich in crude oil, which is mostly produced by Chinese or American companies. The population is divided into numerous ethnic groups. The official language is Portuguese. The vast majority of people live in the countryside. The tender buds of development can be seen in many places. This was preceded by moving and difficult decades of civil war. The major connecting roads have now been largely renewed, but the rural areas in particular are still cut off from water and electricity. The country has hardly been developed for tourism and is currently being rediscovered. Take the chance to experience a last piece of original Africa!
Angola can basically be divided into three climate zones. On the coast and in the north of the country it is tropical and warm with high temperatures all year round. The highlands in the center and south of the country, on the other hand, show significant temperature fluctuations and can therefore rather be described as temperate-tropical. The south-east of the country is mostly hot and dry with cool nights in winter. From November to April, Angola has the rainy season with regionally different levels of rainfall.
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The best time to travel is in the pleasantly cool and relatively dry months from May to October. The rest of the time it can get very hot with high humidity and abundant rainfall.
Malawi borders on Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe. The landscape is determined by plateaus overlooked by individual island mountains, wide plains and Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is the largest lake in Malawi and also the third largest inland body of water in Africa. On the beautiful beaches you can experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Africa. Colorful tropical fish in crystal clear water, lonely fishing boats and the highlands, from whose peaks you can see far across the African landscape, make Malawi an unforgettable and varied experience. Numerous national parks such as the Kasungu National Park, the Lake Malawi National Park, the Lengwe or the Liwonde National Park contain real treasures of the flora and fauna.
Malawi is characterized by a humid tropical climate with constantly warm temperatures. It gets hot between mid-August and November. In the rainy season between November and April, the humidity in the morning hours can be almost 100%. The southern areas are more humid and drier than the highlands. In the post-rain period between April and May, hardly any rain falls on the land. Temperatures drop again from May to August. It is warmest at Lake Malawi, but a refreshing wind usually blows. Average temperatures fluctuate between 14 ° and 24 ° C from November to April and between 19 ° and 32 ° C from May to October. July is the coolest month. The nights can be cold, especially in the mountains.
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The best travel time with tolerable temperatures is the pleasantly cool dry season from May to September. This is well suited for animal observation. For guests who want to experience Malawi and its wildlife in a green landscape, May and June are recommended as the preferred travel month. The Malawian rainy season is too humid for most travelers.