~ Arriving in Malawi you are greeted with warm friendly smiles and the hum of local chatter. Renown as the "Warm heart of Africa", and a conservation initiative with African Parks. It has made the country one of the more prominent safari destinations to visit.

~ The remarkable recovery of wildlife in Majete game reserve, a once orphaned area it is notably becoming one of Malawi’s best wildlife and game viewing experiences.

~ Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa, is famous for being called the calendar lake with its distance of 365 km in length. Enthusiastic divers will enjoy a different experience and a range of varied freshwater fish species.

~ Large Hippo pods inhabit southern parts of the lake, and around Nanchengwe they will often pop up and surprise you. Local traditions include basketry, pottery, oil paintings and wood carvings. The most indigenous carving being the Fisherman, delicately chiselled out by local carvers.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The seasons are generally divided into two being green and dry, though Malawi does have a transition season for the month of April and into the beginning of May. In dry season normally camouflaged predators are easier to sight, making game viewing and photography spectacular.
The months of October and the first half of November, temperatures rise awaiting the summer rains. Rugged escarpments and mountains in the north, start to gradually plateau out towards the centre of the country. The scenic highlands continue their way down into distinct low lying areas of the south.

REGION FOCUS

Dynamic locations is what springs to mind of Malawi, for each of the regions there is a very different aspect on offer. Remote fishing villages in the north of the country are only accessible by boat. Livingstonia includes history dating back to 1894 with the Old Stone house and museum. On the eastern side of the Lake is the remote Likoma Island located in Mozambique waters, proudly Malawi has retained this piece of paradise after World War II.
Diving the pristine waters is a must with fascinating rock formations, and over 1000 freshwater fish species. Chongoni Rock art in central Malawi is a UNESCO world heritage site, formed in ancient times by local tribes. In Dedza, local craftsman hand make a variety of pottery pieces and are exported all over the world. Majete Wildlife Reserve, once heavily depleted, is now a prominent wildlife destination, rehabilitated with lion and black rhino.

Golden sands on an inland sea.

Dr Livingstone first set eyes on Lake Malawi over 150 years ago, the vast freshwater lake stretches as far north to the south. Lying in the Great Rift Valley the lake varies with a natural beauty of golden beaches and steep escarpments, sometimes only accessible by boat.

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Nestled between Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, Malawi is home to the third largest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi stretches for 580 kilometres in length and a popular destination due to its beautiful beaches and islands. Tourists can be seen doing a variety of activities such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and waterskiing.
Totalling over 1000 freshwater species in the lake, majority of these being endemic, divers are spoilt with a diverse range of brightly coloured fish. Avid birders can experience a large variety of birdlife such as livingstone flycatcher, red-wing francolin, lillian’s lovebird, fish eagle, kingfishers and pelicans. For flower lovers, there’s over 400 orchid species and everlasting flowers, proteas, aloes and gladioli with reed beds and waterlilies in the lower shire lagoons.

Away from the lake, there are many safari options to choose from in Malawi’s most popular game reserves. Visitors with a love for food can try local specialties, including Tilapia fish fresh from the lake, banana bread, a white maize served with vegetables, fish or meat, as well as a variety of tropical fruits.

Conservation, contrasting landscape’s and quite a few hippos.

Contrast and one of Malawi’s oldest national parks, Liwonde, an area not to be missed. Conservation and the emerging rehabilitated Majete National Park, showcases the effort in protecting our most endangered species.

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The rejuvenated wildlife reserve located in southern Malawi, is making a remarkable recovery with the help of African Parks. This privately owned organisation is re-establishing natural eco-systems, re-introducing over 2500 animals and a variety of 12 different species.

As the only Big 5 game reserve in Malawi, the impressive scenery and riverine forests include a large number of hippos, lion, elephant and leopard.

In an effort to save one of Malawi’s orphaned areas from distinction, the reserve is on the road to becoming one of Malawi’s most prominent wildlife destinations.
Situated on the eastern bank of the Shire River the Liwonde National Park is Malawi’s most sort after destination and rightly so. It is home to two breeding groups of endangered black rhino and protects the largest elephant population found in the country. The park also has a large concentration of buffalo, zebra, sable. The Shire River alone has one of the highest concentrations of hippo in Africa.

Liwonde is considerably smaller than most of it's counterparts, covering an area of only 550 square metres. Venturing out on a boat safari or by foot, makes this park impressive with the amount of wildlife in its care.

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