Malawi travel is best done in the dry season. We feature many Malawi hotels and lodges which are ideal before you safari Malawi. An often overlooked country in the heart of Africa, nestled in a cleft of the Great Rift Valley, this small country is dominated by the huge sparkling waters of Lake Malawi which provide the lifeblood of Malawi’s fertile lands. As well as the lake, Malawi boasts a diversity of scenery, wildlife and activities to rival those of her better known neighbours. In the south of the country visitors will find vibrant green tea plantations and the lofty Zomba Plateau, ideal for a day or so's hiking in the clear mountain air. Here also is Liwonde National Park, home to sable antelope, waterbuck, impala and bushbuck. The palm fringed Shire River twists through the park and has a couple of small tented camps on its banks, where hippos mow the lawn at night. To the north the rolling highlands of the Nyika
Plateau are grazed by zebra and roan antelope, and ideal for cycling and horseriding safaris. Finally, at the heart of it all lies the ‘Lake of Stars’ whose clear waters and beautiful lakeshore are ideal for those seeking either watersports or pure relaxation. For those looking to get off the beaten track, Malawi’s striking landscapes, warm-hearted people and rich cultural history are the answer. As Malawi is a relatively small country, visitors have the option of exploring either by light aircraft or by road in a private vehicle with a Malawian guide. While flights offer spectacular views, many choose to explore the country by road to have the option of stopping off at points of interest. Roads in Malawi range from smooth
tarmac to rutted dirt roads so a transfer can be an adventure, and fun with a good guide. Depending on the length of stay you might focus on the highlights of either the south or the north, or a combination of both.
Malawi is a country that is still taking its first steps into tourism and visitors may find that the standards of accommodation are still catching up with its more developed neighbours. Accommodation ranges from simple bush and beach camps to luxury safari lodges. Our specialists have visited all of the accommodation options and will be able to advise you on some hidden gems to suit you.
Malawi has two broad seasons – dry and wet. The dry season is from May to November, when the rains begin. May until August is a cooler time of year with bright sunshine and cooler evenings. Temperatures start to rise in September and
remain high throughout the rainy season. In recent years the rains have been starting later in the season, with heaviest rains in December, January and February. Because of Malawi’s varied landscape, regional variations in weather are
significant. The lower lying lakeshore areas are warmer all year round while temperatures in the highlands are refreshingly cool with chilly evenings particularly in the winter.
Malawi has a huge diversity of bird species, innumerable brightly coloured endemic cichlid fish in the lake and a variety of game in its national parks. In Liwonde the boat safaris are a highlight, offering photo opportunities of hippo
pods and elephant herds in the Shire River while warthogs and antelope come to the banks to drink. There is also the chance to see rhino, which are being reintroduced to the park. On the Nyika Plateau, herds of zebra and roan
antelope graze the rich grasslands and wattled crane and Denham’s bustard are amongst the rare birds to be found. Malawi is not the place to come for the big five but it will not disappoint with its wilderness, beauty and variety. Those
looking for big game can combine Malawi with Zambia’s game-rich South Luangwa National Park, which is easily accessible.
Chelinda Lodge is situated in the middle of the high grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, one of Africa's most dramatic landscapes in the far north...
Overlooking a crescent shaped bay and surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs, the romantic and luxurious Kaya Mawa nestles between two lovely sandy beaches....
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge
Small, intimate and very relaxed; Mvuu Wilderness Lodge has just eight spacious, comfortable tents with a private viewing platform providing restful views across the Shire...