A landlocked country set in southeastern Africa, Malawi holds its own as a worthy tourist destination. This vibrant nation lies within the Great African Rift Valley system, and is bordered in the North and East by Tanzania, on the east, south and southwest by Mozambique and to the west by Zambia. Lilongwe and Blantyre are the capital city and the commercial hub of the country, respectively. Meet the warm beating heart of Africa. Friendly and smiling people, a rich cultural heritage, fantastic game viewing and varied scenery.
- Called the “Warm Heart of Africa,” in the native language, Malawi locals exude friendliness.
- Enjoy the pristine views of the massive Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Nyasa, it’s the ninth largest lake in the world.
- Lake Malawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, thought to be between 500 and 1,000
- Majete National Park is run as a private park and has reintroduced so much game, you can see the Big Five now.
- Malawi is, in large part, a place of peace and quiet, without the traffic jams and hassles of city life.
TOP 5 MALAWI HIGHLIGHTS
- LAKE MALAWI Extending 75% of Malawi’s length, this lake feeds plenty of Malawians. Explore many tiny fishing villages spread out along the shorelines, blending in with picturesque white beaches. Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world. Experience Cape Maclear, famous for its sunsets and snorkelling.
- TEA ESTATES Head down south explore the tea estates, so famous in Malawi, so beautiful to view in person. Take a hike up towards the Mulanje Massif and Zomba Plateau, the highest peak standing at an awesome 3 000 metres!
- LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK One of Malawi’s smaller parks offering you incredible game viewing. The Shire River is brimming with hippos, crocodiles, elephants and even the rare Black rhino.
- NYIKA NATIONAL PARK Malawi’s largest park extends across the great plateau and is ideal for walking, mountain biking, horse riding safaris and 4×4 trails. Best game viewing and flowers in the rainy season.
- THE LILONGWE BOTANICAL GARDENS The perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Take a picnic, read, spend some time with your friends or partner, go for a walk, pray or meditate.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO MALAWI
CURRENCY Malawian Kwacha (MWK) is the local currency. Most facilities accept US dollars, Pound sterling, Rand and Euro. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants in major cities.
CLIMATE Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry and strongly seasonal. The warm-wet season stretches from November to April, during which 95% of the annual precipitation takes place.Winter begins in April and ends in August and temperatures range from 2˚C – 25˚C. November till March is summer. Generally temperatures range anywhere between 26˚C – 38˚C
WHAT TO PACK If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider gloves and a beanie too. Summer can be exceedingly hot, pack shorts, t-shirts, and if you burn easily, a long shirt is recommended. Make sure to include sunscreen as well as lightweight long-sleeved clothing for protection against mosquitoes at night and in the early morning. Don’t forget your costume as most lodges have swimming pools and you’ll need it at Lake Malawi of course.
PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON Dry, warm and sunny, the May to October winter period is the best time to visit Malawi for a beach holiday or safari. Temperatures can still reach 25˚C during mid day.