Why Malawi: This relatively small central African country offers a wide variety of experiences, from majestic scenery and excellent wildlife to cultural encounters with the very hospitable local Malawians. Lake Malawi provides a tranquil beach experience as well as a range of interesting villages and water sports.
Game Viewing: Game viewing is best during the dry season from May-Oct when the animals congregate at waterholes. Bird-watching is best in the wet season. Lake Malawi can be visited throughout the year but can be very hot in summer.
Climate: There are 3 distinct seasons – cool and dry from May-Aug, hot and dry from Sep-Nov and warm and wet from mid Nov-Apr. The Shire River in Liwonde is at low altitude and can be very hot whilst the mountains and Nyika Plateau are cool throughout most of the year and can get very cold at night.
Combine With: Zambia to see the majestic Victoria Falls or Tanzania or Botswana for a big game safari in one of Africa’s most iconic national parks like the Serengeti or the Okavango Delta.
Getting There: There are regular flights from Johannesburg in South Africa or Nairobi in Kenya to Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.