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Malawi, Southern Africa
 
Here the people are so friendly that the country has earned the name “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Like Namibia and Uganda, it tends to be a country that people choose for their second or third visit to Africa. So, this is a country for people who know that they love Africa, and when they do visit, the warm welcome and spectacular scenery will only make that love grow deeper.
At the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley, and Lake Malawi is a long “inland sea”, the last of a series of African lakes that runs from Lake Turkana, the “Jade Sea” just south of Sudan, through Kenya and Tanzania. From the northern shore of the lake, the Nyika Mountains rise to 8,000 feet and further south, great rocky outcrops like the Zomba Plateau are superb bird watching and walking locations with a pleasant mountain climate.

Lake Malawi is 356 miles long and so wide you can hardly see Mozambique on the far shore. It is a perfect alternative beach location and combines very well with a Zambian safari. From the lovely Kaya Mawa Lodge on Likoma Island you can enjoy snorkelling and diving among the freshwater coral and iridescent fish. This location is perfect for a honeymoon safari as you will be sharing the island with just a few smiling fishermen and islanders, whose claim to fame is the enormous cathedral built by 19th century missionaries.

Other lakeland hideaways are Nkhata Bay and Karonga where you can enjoy canoeing and a visit to Likoma and Chizumulau Islands on the Mozambican shoreline. At the southern tip of Lake Malawi in the Liwonde National Park is Mvuu Camp, the country’s main safari property. The abundant water, fabulous birdlife and boating safaris makes Mvuu Camp reminiscent of the Okavango Delta, and you can enjoy sightings of elephant, lion, antelope and rhinoceros by open vehicle and on walking safaris. Like everywhere else here, the pace is gentle, the people warm hearted and the climate pleasant, so give us a call if you would like to find out more about the Warm Heart of Africa.
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Malawi
CALENDAR: JANUARY TO MARCH
 
Malawi receives heavy rainfall at the start of the year, making roads in remoter areas impassable. While this might not suit everyone, it does coincide with the arrival of migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere, and plants and flowers are beautiful in bloom. The Nyika Plateau is particularly impressive; you’ll find the landscapes reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, albeit with roan antelope, zebra, and hyena!
CALENDAR: APRIL TO JUNE
 
After the rains Malawi is not only greener but also cooler. Roads are passable once again. It’s one of the best times of the year to visit Liwonde and Majete as male animals fight for dominance to ensure they can mate with females, putting on quite a show. Elephant are generally less aggressive in their mating rituals, and herds gathering along river banks where there’s plenty to eat and drink.
CALENDAR: JULY AND AUGUST
 
Malawi’s winter is cool by local standards, but nevertheless pleasantly warm for visitors. Liwonde is home to vast flocks of Lillian’s lovebird, a brightly coloured parrot which is very hard to see elsewhere. See crocodile hatching from their eggs along the riverbanks. Elephant herds will number in the hundreds, and you are guaranteed to see them on game drives and boat trips.
CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER
 
Throughout September the sun is shining and the skies are clear, but temperatures aren’t too high. This month is better than any other for visiting Lake Malawi, swimming and snorkelling in the water, and relaxing on the beach. The water is clear for diving, and there are some gorgeous nature walks along the coast.
CALENDAR: OCTOBER TO DECEMBER
 
Malawi becomes hot again with temperatures of 40 Celsius not uncommon. Vegetation dies back, which makes game viewing easier, but our recommendation is to seek out cooler climes in the Zomba Plateau and mountainous areas. Hiking trails are gorgeous, and guides introduce you to local flora and small fauna along the way. Pair this with a few days amongst Malawi’s scenic tea estates, where you’ll feel transported back in time.
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