Malawi tailor-made holidays
Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, is one of the continent's best loved holiday destinations and though not as regularly visited as Tanzania, Kenya or South Africa, once you've been you'll be itching to return.
It's a land of varied landscapes, from high wetlands to grassy plains and dusty savannas. Safaris are a popular choice. You'll find some of Africa's classic large mammals here too, with elephants and leopards and even black rhinos prowling the country's numerous national parks. Even the Malawi capital of Lilongwe gets in on the action, with a wildlife sanctuary that's well worth a visit.
And then of course, there's a rather large pond to consider... Think Malawi and most people will think of Lake Malawi, the enormous expanse of fresh water that dominates the eastern flank of the country. Africa's third largest lake is also one of it's deepest and oldest, supporting an extraordinary array of aquatic life - there are more believed to be more species of fish in Lake Malawi than any other lake in the world. This in turn helps support Malawi's 600 species of bird.
To the mix, add a population of smiling, friendly people and you'll start to realise why Malawi holidays can be so special. The scenery is immense, the wildlife too in this charming, warm heart of Africa.
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Top itineraries in Malawi
Malawi, known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa', is renowned for its friendly people, unspoiled landscapes and diversity of animal and birdlife.
Top places to stay in Malawi
Named after the species of robin that calls the lodge’s verdant gardens home, Heuglin’s Lodge is ideally located in the leafy suburbs of the Malawi capital, Lilongwe. Lovingly converted from a private residence, it’s a home between safaris or to explore the city from.
Situated along the shores and a beautiful beach of Lake Malawi on Likoma Island, this is a romantic, contemporary, rustic yet chic property.
This charming lodge overlooks the vast plains and rolling grasslands of Malawi’s Nyika National Park, a region home to plentiful wildlife, including zebra, eland, elephant and leopard.
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Where to go in Malawi
Lake Malawi is the world's eighth largest lake and the third largest of the Great Lakes of Africa. With shorelines in Tanzania, Mozambique as well as Malawi, it's also known as Lake Nyasa and evocatively, as the Lake of Stars.
Lilongwe, Malawi's sleepy capital, lies on the banks of the Lilongwe River. It's small and separated into two distinct parts, old and new. The old town, to the south, is livelier than it's newer counterpart, with buzzing local markets and crafts shops interspersed with cafés and local eateries.
When to go to Malawi
The best time to visit Malawi is during the dry season (May to mid-November). Within this period, the landscapes are at their most green and lush between May and July, with almost constant sunshine and fresh evenings remaining until September. Temperatures begin to rise after this, a theme that continues throughout the wet season from November to May, when heavy rains and dramatic storms are common, although Nyika National Park is at its most beautiful.
If you're planning ahead for summer, June and July are superb months for travelling, with a wealth of holiday experiences on offer around the world.
Explorer and Wexas Honorary president Colonel John Blashford-Snell will be hosting an illustrated lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 28 March to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone.
Natural beauty is often the inspiration for compelling photographs. Taking pictures of wildlife whilst on safari can be thrilling and creatively rewarding. Whether it's the quest to capture lions, leopards or lemurs, the quest for the perfect picture is endless!
Wexas Africa specialist Alison Nicolle details her recent trip through Malawi, a country with a fairly low profile on the international stage.
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