CAWS Dry Season Essentials & Travel Tips

If you’re planning a holiday in Malawi during the dry season of October, then you can rest assured that this is one of the most interesting months for game-viewing. That being said, we do have a few tips to share with you to make your journey more comfortable and to prepare you for what to expect during your visit.

Check out this video featuring Claudia from the CAWS team, as she shares some top essentials to include in your travel bag when preparing to travel to Malawi during the dry season.

Game-viewing in the dry season: The dry season is ideal for game-viewing because most of the foliage in Malawi’s top national parks – Liwonde National Park and Nyika National Park have dried up and landscapes have turned a beautiful shade of golden brown. This makes it significantly easier to spot game as wildlife is no longer hidden by dense and lush vegetation, and most animals can easily be seen close by as well as far off in the distance.

Additionally, many herd dynamics change during the dry season and herds come together to breed. In Liwonde, the Shire River becomes the main water source in the park as smaller water pools dry up and this causes more wildlife to venture out to quench their thirst and cool off in the river.

Activities: Generally during the dry season, we alter the time of game viewing activities (evening drives will start slightly later in the afternoon), to ensure that guests are comfortable and don’t have to endure the brunt of the mid-day heat.

Dry season essentials: Now that you know what to expect during the dry season, here are few essentials that we recommend you pack in your bag, to make your travels that extra bit more comfortable (and fun).

  1. Lip balm – make sure to carry your favourite lip balm on your trip to avoid your lips drying out and chapping. The hot and occasionally dusty conditions can cause your skin and lips to dry up faster, so it’s essential to constantly keep them moisturised.
  2. Sun screen – although a safari tan is always fun to go home with, wearing some sun screen during the day (especially during game activities that take place in the mid-morning or afternoon) can help to protect your skin and prevent sun burn.
  3. A sun hat – they come all shapes, colours, styles and sizes and are the ideal accessory for a safari. A sun hat is not only functional and protects you from the harshness of sun’s rays, it will also enable you look the part on your adventures.
  4. A camera – no holiday would be complete without a few memories. Make sure to pack your camera in your bag so you can snap some excellent wildlife shots and photos throughout your tour. If you do have a passion for taking pictures, do let our guides know and they will do their best to carefully help you secure the best angles and shots during activities. For safety reasons, you will not always be able to use your flash as this could startle wildlife and be detrimental to your group’s safety.
  5. Sun glasses – there’s nothing like a trusty pair of shades to block out the glare of the sun on your travels and prevent you from missing spectacular sunsets and sunrises whilst on safari.

Drink up: Staying hydrated is also really important whilst travelling during the dry season. Water is provided at all of our camps, but we do encourage our guests to fill up their bottles and stay hydrated throughout their trips. Staying well-hydrated throughout your journey should prevent the onset of fatigue and exhaustion and will help you to remain comfortable and feel great on your travels.

The No 1. dry season fashion tip: Also, it’s important to pack neutral coloured clothing to wear on safari, this helps you to blend in to your surroundings and enables our guides to safely take you closer to wildlife, without the risk of alarming any animals.  We recommend that guests stay away from bright colours, blacks and whites, clothes in beige, browns and khaki on the other hand are ideal.


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