Malawi is a small landlocked country situated in Southeast Africa. It is fondly known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ due to kindness of its people. In Chichewa – the local language – Malawi means flames or fire, after the incredible sunsets and sunrises over Lake Malawi.
Malawi is a truly beautiful country with lush green mountains, peaceful beaches, plateaus, rich forests, rivers and multiple tea plantations. However, the most famous natural attraction in undoubtedly Lake Malawi. The 3rd biggest lake in Africa is world renowned for its crystal-clear waters and the highest number of fish species of any lake in the world!
In recent years Malawi has regained its status as a great safari destination, so now is a great time to book a Malawi trip. A number of focussed conservation initiatives in by African Parks to have proved highly success in stamping out poaching, and improving the environment for wildlife. This then led to the successful relocation of cheetahs and lions into Liwonde National Park; the first time in over 20 years these cats have roamed the these areas. With the combination of the safari and great beach lodges around the lake, Malawi is becoming a top destination to visit.
The best time of the year to visit Malawi is May through to October and this is because the country is coolest within the dry season. Whilst the table above suggests low average temperatures during these months, around Lake Malawi the average temperatures are more mid to late 20's. If hiking ion Malawi then it must be remembered that the higher altitudes will be much cooler, particularly in the evenings and overnight, so do remember to pack warm clothes. The green season of October to March in Malawi does offer some excellent rates, particularly for solo travellers, as single supplements are typically waived. However, roads can get extremely muddy and on game drives the vegetation will be thick and green, making animals more difficult (but not impossible) to see.