, known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ offers the alternative luxury safari and beach holiday
. For safari
, Liwonde National Park
is the place to go; and combines well with the Zomba Plateau
and the tea plantations further south. For beach holidays
, Lake Malawi
is ideal and with golden beaches
and plenty of water-sports
. There are a handful of intimate and luxury lodges
– all of which are ideal for a luxury holiday
to this stunning and off-the-beaten track country.
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In the north of Malawi,
the rolling highlands of the Nyika National Park
, with 660 species of orchids and huge herds of eland, roan and other antelope, are ideal for cycling and horse riding safaris
. To the south of the country, visitors will find vibrant green tea plantations and the lofty Zomba Plateau, with its vast forest, waterfalls and lakes. Mount Mulanje at 3, 002 metres, the highest mountain in Central Africa is ideal for a few days hiking in the clear mountain air.
The mighty Shire River flows out of Lake Malawi and meanders south through the humid lowlands of Liwonde National Park, home to sable antelope, waterbuck, bushbuck and hippo, making this the ideal spot for a safari. At the heart of the country lies Lake Malawi, also known as the ‘Lake of the Stars’ or the 'Calender Lake' with its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, which, at 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, is the third largest lake in Africa, as well as the fourth deepest in the world.
This vast inland sea provides the perfect location for wind-surfing, fresh water scuba diving, fishing, sailing and simply cruising on the lake. Malawi makes a great stand alone destination but also combines with Zambia to which it is well connected. Zambia with its enormous parks and wild nature makes a wonderful contrast to the more gentle Malawi. For those looking to get off the beaten track, Malawi’s striking landscapes, warm-hearted people and rich cultural history are the answer.
When To Go
Malawi has three seasons: May to August is generally cool and dry, while September to mid-November tends to be hot and dry. From mid-November to April it is hot and humid.The best time to go on safari is from May to November, as the bush starts to dry out and wildlife is easier to spot and tends to concentrate more along the water courses.
The best way to get to Malawi is flying via Johannesburg or Lusaka. British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin all have daily flights from London to Johannesburg. South African Airways has five flights a week into Lilongwe and two into Blantyre. Kenya Airways/KLM has four flights a week into Lilongwe. Air Malawi also serves Harare, Johannesburg and Nairobi.
UK, EU and US citizens do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check for up to date information.
Sample Malawi Luxury Safari Combinations
Our clients' favourite safari lodges in Malawi
|"It's a peaceful haven for your guests and a home away from home!"||"We were never short of activities: there is waterskiing, sailing, diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching!"||“Surrounded by islands, this is arguably the most beautiful spot on Lake Malawi."|
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