Malawi is a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa; the country is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.
Malawi is an undiscovered gem of Africa, also called the warm heart of Africa. With its many national parks, it offers an unexpected wealth of game-viewing safaris, mountain hikes, and some unique opportunities such as horseback riding. Good preparation and advance planning are essential for an amazing getaway; Malawi is also an exceptional beach holiday destination with Likoma Island attracting quite a good number of beach holidaymakers every year.
The most important destination in Malawi and the country’s lifeline is Lake Malawi, which accounts for more than a fifth of the country’s total area. It is the third-largest lake in Africa after Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. Travelers land in the capital Lilongwe, which can be easily reached by South African Airways via Johannesburg.
When to go
The best months for viewing wildlife in Malawi are during the Dry season from May to October. The Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve, and Nyika National Park are Malawi's most popular parks. For viewing wildlife please keep in mind that the month of October is extremely warm, except for Nyika National Park which can become colder in the dry winter months.
July to October (The parks are dry and so most wildlife is easy to see) and this perfectly collides with most western summer holiday times making it an idle time to visit Malawi for an exceptional holiday.