About Malawi

Famed and loved for its lake – the ninth largest in the world, and dubbed the lake of stars by David Livingstone.

Lake Malawi sits at the southern end of the Rift Valley and provides a fantastic playground for all with its superb beaches and great fishing. Also home to some 500 varieties of the tropical cichlid fish, at night everyone can see what Livingstone meant as the lake lights up with the reflection of millions of stars, and in December another spectacle is on view as its shores become home to a myriad of different species of orchid. The country also offers magnificent scenery – forests,  mountains, vast plains – as well as well as a number of archaeological and anthropological sites where fossils, Iron Age workings and rock paintings can be seen. There is also great game-viewing to be enjoyed in the Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

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  • Take a catamaran across Lake Malawi
  • Sample the tea estates
  • Visit St Peter's Cathedral on Likoma Island
  • Dive amongst the tropical fish
  • Spot elephant in the Liwonde National Park


  • Hyena, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Zebra, Birds, Many tropical fish are endemic to Malawi


  • Green season – December to May (turns mild at the end)
  • Cool dry season – June to August
  • Hot dry season – September to October
  • November – It could swing either way as it transitions from the dry to green season.

In The Know

    • Capital – Lilongwe
    • Currency – Malawi Kwacha
    • Point of Entry – Lilongwe, Blantyre
    • Airlines – South African Airways via Johannesburg, Kenya Airways via Nairobi
    • Flying Time – 2 hours 20 minutes from Johannesburg or Nairobi
    • Time Zone – GMT +2
    • A 75 USD entry fee will be effective from 01 July 2015 for UK and other Schengen country members for entry to Malawi
    • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis recommended 

Insider Tips

  • The Lake of Stars Music Festival is normally held in September or October
  • The national parks are often not accessible in January & February
  • The best beach weather is from May to October

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