Malawi, the 'Warm Heart of Africa', with its welcoming people and dazzling scenery enchants all who visit! The country is dominated by Africa's third largest lake, Lake Malawi, which runs along part of the Great Rift Valley. Described by David Livingstone as the 'Lake of Stars', Lake Malawi is almost
600km long and home to more than a 1000 species of fish including the famous cichlids. Malawi has some magnificent game parks in which to view elephants, hippos and zebras, but its greatest attraction is the lake! Along its shores you can experience traditional village life
and gaze on mile after mile of perfect sandy beaches; the clarity of its water and abundance of marine life make it a magical opportunity for snorkelers and divers; and the absence of currents ensure it is wonderful for swimming and all manner of water sports. Lake Malawi is the whole package, perfect for the beach and safari holiday! Why not look at our recommendations on places to stay below...BUT don't forget that we can arrange accommodation anywhere, just contact our dedicated Seyexclusive team.
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge -
Classic Camp Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is located in Liwonde National Park, nestled unobtrusively on the banks of a lagoon, just off Malawi's largest river, the Shire River. Mvuu means "hippo" in Tonga and the name epitomises the large numbers of these water-loving mammals to be seen floating in the river. In this lush and fertile area, an amazing diversity of animals can be seen. Indeed Liwonde is thought to be the only park in Malawi where you can see the Big 5! The Lodges main lounge building is set high above the water for spectacular views, and offers guests the much sought after luxurious African getaway! Accommodation at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge comprises 8 spacious tents for a maximum of 16 guests, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon. The lodges special facilities include an extensive wildlife library and a hide with telescope overlooking the river so you can make the most of the prolific birdlife surrounding the Lodge!
Chelinda Lodge Located in the wild, untouched and remote highlands of Malawis largest park, Nyika National Park, Chelinda Lodge has sweeping views over rolling grasslands, dotted with large herds of the iconic roan, eland and Crawshay's zebra. Newly refurbished in 2009, the lodge is constructed against a pocket of hagenia woodland, the perfect shelter for an idyllic escape in the highland wilderness of Malawi. The lodges 8 double storey log cabins, each come with a romantic fireplace for those icy highland nights. Their ground floor consists of an open plan bedroom and lounge, with en-suite bathroom, queen-sized beds, wing-back chairs and a veranda; while the upstairs features a viewing area which functions as additional living space and is ideal for children. There is also a slightly larger log cabin, offering ideal accommodation to families. All the cabins are connected by wooden walkways, landscaped tastefully into the hillside. The main building has a welcoming dining area, set around a fireplace, and a quiet lounge that opens to an outside deck for those all important sundowners!
Pumulani Opened in July 2008, Pumulani is an exclusive beach lodge on the protected shores of Nankumba Peninsula, Lake Malawi. It is the only luxury accommodation set within the Lake Malawi National Park, a national heritage site! The lodges 10 modern individually-designed villas, including a honeymoon chalet and family villa, are spread out along a lush hillside overlooking the lake. Each villa, unique in its character, boasts a large bedroom, a spacious living area, en-suite and a private deck with lake view, but the family villa includes an additional bedroom. The main area with restaurant and bar is set high above the Lake with magnificent views but meals are also served on the beach, in the gardens and on your private deck. Guests seeking to relax after a hectic wildlife safari can unwind on the sandy beach, by the infinity pool or experience the 'Lake of Stars' (David Livingstone) on a dhow sunset cruise! While those wanting more activity can take advantage of the huge array of water sports and activities available to them, not to mention fishing and bird watching! The possibilities are endless!
Daytime temperatures are pleasantly warm all year round on the shores of the lake, Malawi's main attraction. The months of Apr and May are mostly dry with only the occasional storm. Jun, Jul and Aug are dry with nice cool nights but May-Jul is when the scenery and landscape is at its best. July is the coolest month. Hiking is possible all year, but not recommended in the wet season. Aug and Sept are the most comfortable times for climbing the Southern Highlands as the mountain air is crisp and cool. Sept the temperatures start to rise again, and Oct and Nov tend to be hot and humid. Dec. can see the onset of early rains. Bird viewing is generally good all year round, but Oct and Nov thought to be best.
High Season Aug: The best weather in this month means national parks & lake resorts are crowded but game viewing good
Rainy season Jan - Mar: Some areas become inaccessible due to road conditions. This season is very humid and wet. Hiking not recommended.
Dry Season May - late Oct: Vegetation is less dense and the game viewing best.