Why you should visit Malawi
Why you should visit Malawi
Malawi has earned the reputation of being “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Visiting tourists are enthusiastically welcomed with open arms and broad smiles. One of its great attractions is its giant freshwater lake, Lake Malawi the lifeblood of the country, which draws travelers from all over the world to enjoy basking on its beautiful golden sands and a wide range of water sports and activities to enjoy in the warm, clear waters.
The underwater world with its millions of brightly coloured fish and underwater mystique led to the creation of a protected national park and its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Malawi also has much to offer bush and animal enthusiasts with safari game drive through wildlife-rich national parks and untouched grasslands.
Nature-lovers are inspired by Malawi’s natural scenery. In the deep south, the dramatic peaks of Mount Mulanje and the mysterious Zomba plateau lie suspended in the clouds, both a trekker’s dream, with misty forests and exotic wildlife. In the north, the otherworldly beauty of Nyika Plateau with its rolling grasslands beckons. There are numerous fascinating historical and cultural sights, one of which is Chongoni’s rock art area. With its rich concentration of Rock Art, it is another designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Despite being one of the most impoverished countries in the world, Malawi offers its visitors a natural and authentic African paradise of peace and quiet, far from the noise and pace of city life. Our experienced team of experts at Asante are here to plan a trip like no other to look forward to.
When is the best time to visit
The coolest time within the dry season, between mid-May and August, is the best time to visit Malawi. During this time, at higher altitudes, the evenings can be cold with possible frost, but you avoid the sultry heat and rainfall of the period between December to April, and also the intense heat affecting the lowlands from September to November and the cyclones which are possible from mid-November to mid-May.
For those who enjoy the heat,the second half of August, when the temperature begins to rise, as well as September and October, maybe your ideal choice. The summer runs from about November to April when temperatures reach 35C/90F. This is also the wettest time of the year; most of the rainfall takes place during these months.
The rain and heat can make conditions extremely humid. It is worth noting that traveling around the country at this time can be difficult since more rain falls on the higher plateaus. From August to December is a magic time for scuba divers, with water temperatures varying from 22C to 27C and visibility ranging from 5 to 30 meters November to January is the best time to visit for birding enthusiasts.
What to pack for your trip to Malawi?
Lightweight cotton clothing is suitable all year round in the Lake Malawi. Warmer clothes are advised if you are visiting the mountains, particularly during winter and on chilly evenings in Nyika and Zomba. Darker or neutral coloured clothing is recommended for safari drives or game viewing.
The ultraviolet sunrays are VERY strong in Malawi. Please note that it is extremely important to protect your skin from over-exposure. A good sunscreen, sun hat and sun glasses are imperative your packing list