Malawi

Combine the 'Lake of Stars' with Malawi's remarkable scenery, wildlife and the most friendly of people.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

All year round

Overview

Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, although not as rich in game as other African countries, the magic of Malawi lies in its glorious scenery. Then add in marvelously friendly and laid-back people, superb flora and bird life. And of course the wonderful Lake Malawi.

Malawi is a small sliver of a country dominated by Lake Malawi, the most appealing of the great lakes of Africa. Indeed the ‘lake of stars’ is three quarters of the length of Malawi. Its crystal clear waters are teeming with colorful fish. (Lake Malawi is one of the most popular freshwater scuba diving locations in the world!) Plus its sandy beaches are a popular spot for relaxing after a Malawi safari.

Further south are the main wildlife reserves, the scenic Liwonde National Park – with its large herds of elephant – and the revitalized Majete Game Reserve. In the southern lowlands are the tea plantations of Satemwe. Rising above them are the peaks of Mount Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau with hiking, mountain biking and walking trails on offer.

Travel within Malawi is relatively easy. Most of our clients use road transfers between Lake Malawi, Liwonde, the Zomba Plateau and Lilongwe or Blantyre. Light aircraft charters are also possible for destinations further afield such as the Nyika plateau and Likoma Island.

So if you enjoy combining a safari with beach relaxation; if you enjoy activity such as bush walks, mountain biking or horse-riding; if you like to meet the local people in an uncontrived way, then a Malawi holiday could be perfect for you.

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Mari Jacobs

Africa Travel Specialist
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Features

Why you may love it

  • Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ with friendly and laid-back people
  • Luxurious sandy beaches
  • Lake Malawi is one of the most popular freshwater scuba diving locations in the world
  • Experience authentic African culture and local people
  • Superb flora and bird-life

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When to visit Malawi

December to March

Rainy Summer Season

As with most southern African countries, Malawi has a hot and rainy summer season from mid November to early April.
AVG RAINFALL 203mm
MAX TEMP 28 ℃ / 83 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

April & May

Dry season

This is a transitional period when the rain tapers off and the dry season starts. However the daytime temperatures stay warm at 25-26C
AVG RAINFALL 118mm
MAX TEMP 28 ℃ / 83 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

June to August

Cooler Season

This is noticeably cooler, given the overall altitude of Malawi (ranging from 500-1100 for the main destinations) averaging a max of 23C with cold nights, especially on the plateau away from Lake Malawi
AVG RAINFALL 8mm
MAX TEMP 24 ℃ / 76 ℉
MIN TEMP 13 ℃ / 55 ℉

September to November

Summer Season

Temperatures rise steadily from mid August onwards becoming seriously hot in October to November (max 32c with high humidity) just prior to the start of summer rains.
AVG RAINFALL 34mm
MAX TEMP 31 ℃ / 72 ℉
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉

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Mkulumadzi Camp Review

I love the riverside setting of Mkulumadzi Camp and you can hear the water flowing throughout the day and night. I suspect that the swing bridge – being the only way to get to the camp -  may be a logistical nightmare for the lodge to manage. But we found it was a magical part of the experience for us. (However it is worth pointing out for people who are frailer and unsteady on their feet!)

The suites are stunning and modern and so are the public areas of the lodge. The food, again, was excellent. The Management couple were fine but not as friendly as some of the local Malawian managers although they did dine with us.

Unfortunately I had to leave early and so was not able to enjoy the full game-experience whilst I was there but I can see from the previous clients that they saw lions. We loved the hide at the waterhole which is a great wildlife viewing point.

Cedarberg : Mari Jacobs
Did you know
  • Lakes in MalawiCalander Lake - 365 miles long, 52 miles wide
  • SizeMalawi is landlocked, but one fifth of it is water