If you’re planning a trip to Malawi anytime soon, it’s well worth remembering that this incredible destination has something very different to offer depending on the time of year that you choose to travel. Here are a few seasonal highlights that you can expect, which we’ve taken from one of our recent e-brochures (for the full version please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Whilst this calendar will give you a rough idea of what to expect during different months of the year, it’s important to remember that wildlife activity and different trends do vary and can never be guaranteed.
Jan – April
January is the start of the rainy or green season in Malawi. Landscapes are lush and green and there is flurry of activity in all key wilderness areas. The green season offers travellers a different experience, during the rains, many parks are teaming with life and activity, many herds of antelope give birth to their offspring and tend to their young and the dynamics of elephant herds shift as due to the availability of water and vegetation, they disperse into smaller units.
From January to March over 200 orchids bloom across the grasslands of Nyika National Park. In February, many terrestrial orchids come into bloom in Nyika and can be seen across the plateau in colourful patches. The ideal time for spotting migrant birds is also during February and March. Many migrant birds usually arrive during the start of the green season due to the climates north of the equator becoming less hospitable.
May is a transitional month after the rains and in Liwonde National Park, many herds of elephant slowly start returning to the Shire River. Temperatures on the Nyika Plateau start to drop considerably though.
June – July
During these months, crocodile mating takes place and large flocks of Lillian’s Lovebirds start to gather in Liwonde National Park. These months are considerable warmer and only the early mornings and evenings are slightly chilly.
August – September
On the Northern Lakeshore, swarms of adult lake flies (which look like dense clouds of smoke) can be spotted hovering over the lake. These flies tend to wash up on the shores of Lake Malawi and are considered a local delicacy.
October – November
The month of October marks the start of Malawi’s peak game viewing season. In the dry season, wildlife can typically be spotted with ease, given that much of the foliage and vegetation in key wilderness areas has dried up. The heat also draws wildlife to water sources and it becomes easier to spot herds of elephant near the Shire River and at waterholes in Liwonde.
During the months of October and November, the majestic eland (the world’s largest antelope) can be seen in herds that reach up to the hundreds. Usually eland can be seen in smaller herds across the plateau but their regrouping marks the start of their breeding season. Herds can reach up to 100 – 320 animals in a single group.
In December, crocodile hatchlings can be seen and heard. The high-pitched chirping sounds that they make alert their mother, that their incubation period is over and she delicately helps them out of their shells and carries them to the water’s edge. All round, the weather in December starts to cool down again and the occasional shower may occur in the run-up to the rainy season.
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