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Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country located in southeast Africa, sharing its borders with Mozambique to the south and east, Tanzania to the north, and Zambia to the west. The greatest asset of Malawi is its people, and it is often called the “Warm Heart of Africa”, referring to the warmth and friendliness of its people.

Malawi spans over 118,484 km 2 (45,747 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 19,431,566 (as of January 2021).

Compared to some of its neighbours in Southern Africa, tourism has developed slowly here, and the country remains one of the poorest in the world. But there has been a huge improvement during the last decade through the revitalisation of the country’s national parks and reserves, thanks to measures taken by both the government and NGOs. And today, Malawi is the place to be if you want to enjoy a natural paradise without everybody else.

With a reputation as a friendly, relaxed and safe place in which to travel, Malawi’s remarkable variety of experiences is its greatest asset. Whilst Lake Malawi dominates the country, this is not a country of a singular experience. It is the mixture of beautiful Landscapes, fascinating Wildlife, the alluring Lake Malawi, and rich culture that combine to make this small country such a wonderful place to visit. There are few countries in Africa that can offer this level of variety, and it comes in a small, easy-to-access, and friendly destination – a real gem.

Popular destinations

  • Lake Malawi National Park (Likoma Island, Pumulani Lodge, Kande Beach Resort)
  • Nyika National Park (Chelinda Lodge, Chelinda Lodge)
  • Liwonde National Park (Mvuu Lodge, Kuthengo Camp)
  • Lilongwe (Latitude 13)

Best time to travel to Malawi

Malawi has two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from May to November. Within this, May to August is a cooler time of year with bright sunshine and fresh evenings. Temperatures start to rise in September and remain high throughout the rainy season, which runs from December to April. During this time, the country turns into a tropical green paradise! Expect a lot of babies being born at this period, hippos, rhinos and elephants, cheetahs. From the migrants to the breeding plumage this is the time to watch as they court or nest, having flown thousands of miles from overseas. Liwonde is one of the best birding spots in Africa and has an abundance of land and aquatic birds with many migrants, therefore we would highly recommend a stop here for avid twitchers.

During the Dry season, June – August can be cooler, during this time, the rains have subsided and there are fewer insects around.

The days are warm and sunny, but the evenings are cooler. This is peak season, and the prices are hiked.

September to November is when it starts to get hot! Not too hot though – thanks to the mountains – but you may want to consider a lodge with AC over the beautiful eco-lodges that can offer you hot views but not a cooling fan! During this period water sources in parks are drying up and you will often see lots of animals congregating around one water hole.

The best time to travel for a safari or a beach stay in Malawi is July to October because at this time of the year the parks are dry and spotting wildlife is easy and this perfectly collides with most western summer holiday times making it an ideal time to visit Malawi for an exceptional holiday. Furthermore, there is not a single drop of rain on the horizon

Malawi doesn’t experience extreme temperatures at such;  however, temperatures vary throughout the country where altitude changes.

Featured Tours

15 Days Ultimate Zambia and Malawi Honeymoon Fly-In Package

Areas visited: Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park and Lake Malawi

11 Nights Valley & Lake – Zambia and Malawi Adventure

Areas visited: South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi National Park

12 Nights Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi Trio Safari

Areas visited: Mana Pools National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi National Park

10 Nights  Southern Malawi Explorer

Areas visited: Majete Wildlife Reserve, Satemwa Tea Estate, Lake Malawi National Park

7 Nights Malawi Wilderness Highlights

Areas visited: Liwonde National Park, Lake Malawi National Park

7 Nights Malawi Bush and Beach safari

Areas visited: Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi National Park

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