Surrounded by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi is a compact landlocked country. Despite its small size Malawi is incredibly diverse – from flatter plains to highlands, forests and mountains. Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown and fills Malawi’s stretch of the Rift Valley. It is Africa’s third largest lake, stretching for over 580kms from north to south. The Lake contains more species of fish than any other comparable body of water on Earth! Lake Malawi dominates the geography and provides a livelihood for many Malawians. It also creates the perfect environment for those who crave sandy beaches, warm waters and plenty of activities. Stay on its shores and laze on the soft, sandy beaches, enjoy a range of water sports including snorkelling diving and sailing, and take the time to visit local fishing villages.
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When to visit Malawi - Seasons
The wet season is generally from December to March. By June the days should be dry with the green landscape drying out. The nights get a lot cooler although the days should still be warm. As winter kicks in nights can get cold. June to August are ‘peak’ season in Malawi with lovely cloudless days. In September and October temperatures start to climb and low-lying areas can get quite hot. November can be hot and dry or it can see the season’s first downpours.
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Lake Malawi dominates the geography and provides a livelihood for many Malawians. It also creates the perfect environment for those who crave sandy beaches, warm waters and plenty of activities. Stay on its shores and laze on the soft, sandy beaches, enjoy a range of water sports including snorkelling diving and sailing, and take the time to visit local fishing villages.
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s major Big Five reserve and one of its top wildlife destinations. After years of neglect and poaching, the reserve was rescued in 2012 by the African Parks organisation. Since then, more than 2,500 animals have been reintroduced and populations of naturally occurring large animals have started to recover. Accommodation ranges from a community-owned tented camp to a five-star lodge.
Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park feels like a true wilderness. Its lifeline, the Shire River, is one of Africa’s great waterways, and boat trips are highly recommended. The river supports large populations of hippo and crocodile, and elephant are encountered along the shore. A great community project in the park is the aptly named Children in the Wilderness, a life skills program for disadvantaged children.