|Highlights: Lake Malawi, Nyika Plateau, Mvuu National Park, Likomo Island, Cape Mclear, kayaking the lake of stars.
Best time to go: All year round but especially good from late April to October or November. Southern regions: summer destination (Sept-April). Best birding: mid Oct to early November. Game viewing: late summer.
Landscapes: The third-largest lake in Africa, which covers almost a fifth of Malawi's total area. is part of the Great Rift Valley, forming the trough in which Lake Malawi sits. The islands dotting the lake is paradise and ideal for those planning a relaxing holiday. Vegetation includes Miombo woodland; lowland mopane; evergreen forest; montane grassland; and the wetland areas of lakeshores and riverbanks.
Cultures: There are 10 main tribal groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuko, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European. The main language is English.
Weather: May-October is least rainy and humid. Driest months: September and October with high winds sometimes creating dust storms. Rainy season: November-April.
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