What is special about the Green Season in Malawi?

The Green Season in Malawi is from December – April. When the rains come, the country’s landscapes transform to yield deep, verdant shades of emerald green, the air becomes crisp and clear and the dynamics of many wildlife populations shift. The views in and around the Great African Rift become bright and seemingly never-ending, and there is a flurry of activity in all of the country’s key wilderness areas.

Robin Pope Safaris celebrates Malawi’s current Green Season by telling us what makes it so special, busting the myth that its the ‘wrong time’ to go on safari.

One of the most underrated and overlooked seasons of the year in Malawi is undoubtedly the Green Season. Yet, what’s not to love about it? The landscape is transformed into a lush, emerald green wonderland, the air is crisp and free from dust, and the dramatic thunderstorms give way to some of the most spectacular sunsets. It’s a photographers dream!

As if it couldn’t get any better, there is still so much more to expect and at Kuthengo Camp, there is no exception. One of the highlights of this time of year is the new life the rains bring, not just to the landscape but to the animals as well. The baby boom is very apparent at Liwonde National Park at the moment, with the area littered with playful baby warthogs, impala and more. Photo © Marius Zelinga

The cheetah population is also thriving and last week Kuthengo Camp guides and guests got the first glimpse of the fifth litter of cheetah cubs to be born since the cheetah introduction into Liwonde by African Parks in 2017. This news could not come at a better time, as across Africa, the cheetah population is on the decline so it is wonderful news that Liwonde’s cheetahs are doing so incredibly well! Photo © Marius Zelinga

Not wanting to be kept out of the limelight, the rhino sightings are on the up since the re-introduction of more rhinos by African Parks last year. Some of the guests at Kuthengo Camp have already been spoilt with some great encounters with one particular male rhino who is very relaxed and photogenic. How do we know that it is the same guy? Well, that is due to a technique called ear notching which most reserves use to identify different individuals making it easier to see who is who. Photo © Marius Zelinga


If you are currently ‘on the fence’ about travelling to Malawi in the Green Season, what are you waiting for?


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