Planning a trip to Malawi? We’ve partnered with our friends at Wilderness Safaris to put together a spotlight calendar on the country outlining when to go and what to see! Take a look!
We know how amazing Malawi is and just how much there is to do and see and so do our friends at Wilderness Safaris. So here’s a calendar that captures the highlights, making it a little easier to decide when to go (or perhaps more difficult as each month there is something so exciting!!)
Jan – Mar: Bloomin’ Orchids
Nyika National Park features hundreds of orchids that bloom across the grasslands and in February particularly, expect to see these beautiful flowers across the valleys – a sight to behold.
Jan – Apr: Birds of a feather
Malawi is high on the agenda for Bird safari enthusiasts, with some 400 species in Liwonde and Nyika. The beginning of the rains (green season) usually coincides with the arrival of the migrant birds returning from the less hospitable climates north of the equator. Ideal months to see migrant birds is Feb – Mar.
May – Jul: Croc courtship
Have you ever seen the courtship process between crocodiles? The males bellow, bubble blow and fight in a bid to establish dominance, swimming with their heads up for display purposes. The females choose the male that impresses them in their waters, often the most dominant.
Jun – Aug: Lovebirds flock
Lillian’s Lovebirds flock together and congregate in huge numbers in Liwonde National Park. The attraction for them is the flowers that they feast on, whilst bird safari enthusiasts will be rewarded by this phenomenal spectacle.
Jun – Jul: Elephants in their hundreds
The elephant population in Liwonde National Park come together in drier months, congretating at fixed water sources and feeding on the more nutritious vegetation along the river’s edge. Sightings of large elephant herds can reach into the hundreds.
Jul – early Jan: Lakefly clouds
Do you know what a lakefly is and its impact on the environment? Lakeflys swarm like dense clouds of smoke that spiral like waterspouts into the air. At this time of year, particularly over the nortnern reach of the lakeshore visitors can see these swarms and impact on environment and locals. Fish and bird species congregate for the feeding frenzy and women gather on the shore with baskets and nets, squashing the flies together to create a local delicacy that is like a burger patty deep fried… tempted? Bear Grylls would!
Oct – Nov: Love is in the air
An exciting few months as the largest antelope, the Eland regroup for mating season. In other months, visitors can see smaller herds across the plateau. Expect to see groups of 100 – 350!
Dec: Dinosaur-esque eggs hatch
Crocodile eggs are huge, similar to their ancestors that once roamed the land. The eggs begin to hatch and you can expect to hear high pitched chirping sounds alerting you (and the mummy crocs) that incubation period is over. The female break open the sand covered chamber and assists her children out of their shells by rolling the eggs between her tongue and palate – gentle giants! The mother then carries the hatchlings in her mouth to the water’s edge and continues guarding them for weeks. At birth, hatchlings are 30 cm long and feed on small insects until they are big enough to eat fish. That’s quite a mouthful if you have 10 children!