Why Malawi? Known as the "Lake of Stars" the country is bordered by Tanzania and Zambia in the north, Mozambique in the south. In and around the lake, there are many options for safari holidays either exploring the shore’s of Lake Malawi or on her wildlife game reserves.
~ 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.
~ 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
With the country's varying altitudes, Malawi has a wide range of different temperatures. In winter months the days are cool and dry, while summer brings hot and humid days.
Dec - Mar
Green season is primarily when Malawi receives most of is rainfall. High altitude areas will receive more than its southern counterparts. The rains bring a touch of green and wildlife will bear their young. Low lying areas around the lake are hot and humid.
By April the rains begin to ease with the green grassy wildlife areas starting to dry out and dwindle. In the higher areas and the southern parts of Malawi night time temperatures have started to fall.
May - Nov
With the dry season now in full swing the best time for wildlife experiences begins. Concentrations of game surround waterholes as the vegetation is now sparse with increasingly clear days.
Stunning beaches, clear blue water, dramatic and unspoilt landscapes in the north, to Malawi’s UNESCO site Cape Maclear in the south.
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.
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 by African Parks and the emerging rehabilitated Majete National Park, showcases the effort in protecting our most endangered 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.
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. A big thank you goes out to African Parks for all their efforts in bringing wildlife back to the area.