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Classics Member: Mkulumadzi Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi


Mkulumadzi Majete Wildlife Reserve

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. The Great Rift Valley runs through the country from north to south, and to the east of the valley lies Lake Malawi. Malawi’s climate is hot in the low lying southern areas, and temperate in the north, with the wet season being from January to March. While there are game parks with abundant African wildlife, the country’s greatest attraction is the lake. Widely regarded as having the friendliest people in Africa, Malawi has a population of approximately 13 million.

Lake Malawi, romantically called the Lake of Stars, takes up a massive amount of Malawi’s geographical presence. Hence some of the most unique safari experiences that the country has to offer are on its shores. Activities range from boat trips with unique predatory birding experiences to fresh water diving to see some 400 tropical species of fish. Sailing on the warm lake water also provides sunset moments to remember. The surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake. There is a great sense of cultural diversity which coupled with the friendly nature of the local people makes for an enhanced experience.

Official Language: English

Climate: Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry and strongly seasonal. The warm-wet season stretches from November to April, during which 95% of the annual precipitation takes place. The low-lying areas such as Lower Shire Valley and some localities in Salima and Karonga are more vulnerable to floods than higher grounds.A cool, dry winter season is evident from May to August with mean temperatures varying between 17 and 27 degrees Celsius, with temperatures falling between 4 and 10 degrees Celsius. In addition, frost may occur in isolated areas in June and July.