Malawi lies at the southern most tip of the Great Rift Valley. It is a country of contrasts with the most amazing scenery - endless savannahs, spectacular mountain ranges and fertile river valleys.
At 365 miles long, Lake Malawi covers a fifth of the country’s surface area. It is the ninth largest lake in the world and is a staggering 2,700ft deep in places. Visitors to this landlocked country are always surprised by its stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Kayak to one of the many secluded islands to see the exotic birdlife, snorkel amongst shoals of cichlids or relax in a hammock strung between baobabs on the deserted shore.
Safaris in Malawi offer the chance to see animals close-up. The Nyika Plateau with its rolling plains rich in wildflowers is the perfect destination for anyone seeking adventure. Trek on foot, ride on horseback or even mountain bike to view the game. The Liwonde National Park on the Shire River floodplain also offers exceptional game viewing. Here sable and bushbuck antelopes are in abundance, as are elephants, hippos and crocodiles.
Malawi is a small land of natural beauty, often mistakenly overlooked by tourists. It is known as “the warm heart of Africa” because its people are so friendly. They typically live with their extended families in mud huts sharing work and precious resources. Malawi is sadly one of the world’s poorest countries; visiting is both a humbling and mesmerising experience.
When to go
The best time to visit Malawi is during the dry season from May to November when the vegetation is green and the temperatures cooler. The months of October and November are ideal for game viewing although the weather can be uncomfortably hot. Avoid the heavy rains of January and February.