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Malawi

Even though it is a relatively small, landlocked country, Malawi has a surprising variety of landscapes and, as a result, a great diversity of flora and fauna. The country is dominated by the 350-mile-long lake and, being part of the Great Rift Valley, there are steep escarpments, valleys, rolling plains and mountain plateaus. Malawi may not be able to compete with its neighbouring countries in the quantity of wildlife but its friendly people, excellent beaches and remarkable variety of bird species makes it a recommended destination either as an addition to an African itinerary or for a holiday in its own right.

Highlights

Lake Malawi, an inland sea with over 300 species of endemic cichlids, and beautiful sandy beaches - some only accessible by boat

Zomba Plateau, temperate grasslands, evergreen forests and mountain streams, majestically overlooking Zomba, the historic old capital of Malawi

Liwonde National Park along the banks of the Shire River, with a rhino sanctuary but especially renowned for its birdlife
Majete Wildlife Reserve undergoing rehabilitation and development and now home once again to the 'big five'

Spectacular Mulange Massif rising 2000 meters out of the surrounding verdant tea estates

Nyika Plateau - immense rolling hills covered in montane grasslands with pockets of woodlands, patches of evergreen forest and orchids between January and March


Weather

There are three main seasons: May to August (winter) cool and dry; September until the rains start (usually mid November but it can be as late as mid December) hot and dry; then hot and wet until April. Most comfortable time is June to August when rainfall is negligible and temperatures average between 15-20°C.

Activities
  • Bird watching, with over 650 identified species, 10% of which have not been seen in other parts of southern Africa. Good all over the country at almost any time of the year but in November and December the plumage of many birds is at its most colourful. Pel's fishing owl and Lilian's lovebirds are common sightings in Liwonde
  • Game viewing, by vehicle and on foot, is easily organised in any of the country's National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
  • Walking on Zomba and Viphya Plateaus or even up Mount Mulanje
  • Fishing - September to April for trout on the Zomba Plateau
  • Wide variety of watersports at the lake, including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling. The Lake is the perfect place to learn to scuba dive, with no salt water, tides or currents
  • Sailing aboard Mufasa, the magnificent 38' ocean-going, fully equipped and crewed catamara
  • Golf, at the southern end of the lake, but also could be arranged in Lilongwe, Zomba and several places in southern Malawi
  • Horse riding on the Zomba Plateau perfect for less experienced as well as more expert riders

 


Sample Itineraries

Click on the titles below for links to see our suggested itineraries.  But please remember that these are just some ideas and we look forward to helping you plan YOUR safari!

Great Central African Adventure: Game viewing in Liwonde National Park and enjoying lakeshore life and relaxation on and beside Malawi's inland sea

Walking and Snorkelling in Zambia and Malawi: Under the care of the renowned Robin Pope Safaris, game viewing in Zambia's famous South Luangwa National Park before relaxing at their luxury beach lodge on Lake Malawi

Zambian wildlife & Livingstone's Lake of Stars: Prime game viewing and walking in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park followed by tranquil island time on Lake Malawi

 

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