Where is MALAWI located on the map?
Malawi is a small country in Africa located between Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. Suffering from extreme poverty and affected by the political crisis in Mozambique, the country is not yet very open to tourism. If the accommodation infrastructures are lacking, a stay in Malawi will however allow you to discover grandiose landscapes.
Malawi is a southern African state located between Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. It has no access to the sea but is bathed by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, which covers 20% of the territory. It is a highland country, crossed by the great rift from north to south. The North and the Center are formed of high plateaus.
The climate of Malawi is almost tropical. A rainy season runs from November to April, with little or no rainfall across much of the country from May to October. It is hot and humid from September to April along the lake and downstream of the Shire (with daytime highs of 27 to 29 ° C) as well as in Lilongwe, although much less in the south. The rest of the country is milder during these months with a maximum daily average of around 25 ° C. From June to August, the lake and southern regions are pleasant, with diurnal maximums at 23 ° C, but elsewhere it can be cool at night (10 to 14 ° C), such as in the highlands of Mulanje and Nyika (6 to 8 ° C) – from June to July. Karonga in the extreme north experiences little variation in temperature with diurnal peaks remaining around 25-26 ° C all year round; however, it is rare that May and May experience a high humidity due to strong southerly winds from the lake.
The mountain range of “Mulanje”, in southern Malawi, is a very touristy place whose “Sapitwa Peak” is the highest point at 3,002 meters. This area is dangerous, especially because of the weather changes that can be extremely abrupt (“Sapitwa” in the local language translates as “do not go”). Due to climbing difficulties, it is not permitted to take bags beyond “Chisepo Junction”. Since 2003, three tourists have disappeared in unexplained conditions between “Chisepo Junction” and “Sapitwa Peak”; they had not taken a guide. It is therefore strongly recommended to be accompanied by a local guide for any climb in this massif.
If the animal parks are safe for travel, it is advisable to follow the advice of caution of the guides and especially never to leave the vehicle during the safaris.