self-drive Malawi

Overview

Landlocked between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, you will find one of Africa’s more discreet destinations - Malawi.

Holidays here are known to be relaxed affairs; it's the Malawian way. This atmosphere being led by the people who are known to the friendliest in Africa. You'll quickly grasp why Malawi is often called the 'Warm Heart of Africa'.

Malawi has few safari destinations as such. Instead, you will notice the productive green lands and several small traditional farms. That said, Liwonde and Majete National Park have been making more of a case for themselves over the years.

Malawi's most famous attraction is its lake - the physical and spiritual backbone of the country. Lake Malawi stretches over 300 miles and covers more than 20% of the country in water. It feels like the sea but in-land; it extraordinary.

Away from the lake, there are three high plateaux's, Nyika, Zomba and Mulanje, which tower above the rolling farmlands. They are ideal for gentle hiking holidays amidst moorlands and forests.

Malawi

When to go

January

25°C
203mm

Heavy rain. Advise against travel.

February

26°C
176mm

Another wet month.

March

25°C
219mm

Rain, rain and more rain.

April

24°C
207mm

The last of the heavy rains.

May

22°C
59mm

May marks the end of the rains and the beginning of the dry season.

June

20°C
26mm

June is the start of the game viewing season

July

21°C
27mm

Warms days and good safari conditions. Cold evenings.

August

22°C
10mm

Like July, a lovely time to travel. Excellent wildlife viewing.

September

23°C
9mm

Temperatures starts to pick up. Conditions still perfect.

October

24°C
28mm

Temperatures still climbing and the terrain starting to look very dry.

November

25°C
98mm

The last good month to travel but can see rain, particularly towards the end of the month.

December

26°C
194mm

The rains return hard.

What to see

Lake Malawi

Malawi's trademark attraction, this world famous & stunning lake offers the perfect beach finish to your safari.

Majete National Park

Majete National Park is divine, and the revival of game here makes it one of Malawi's premier game-viewing regions.

Zomba Plateau

This beautiful national park is not only stunning to look at but has some of the best scenic walks in Malawi.

Liwonde National Park

Chanting, romantic, and unspoilt, Liwonde is the perfect getaway for the Africa lovers.

Nyika Plateau

Up in northern Malawi, you will find Malawi's largest national park, Nyika - home to the famous Nyika plateau.

The Islands

Lake Malawi is full of surprises, and some of the best ones are the secret islands dotted in right in the middle.

Experiences

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