Malawi: Beauty & Diversity

Malawi offers a wealth of beauty and diversity. Below are a selection of our favourite locations for safari and adventure in Malawi.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

This wonderful expanse of azure blue water stretches the length and breadth of Malawi. From Cape Maclear in the south, a network of secluded islands extend northwards in the Lake Malawi National Park. Fabulous kayaking, snorkelling and diving are possible in this world’s first freshwater marine reserve sometimes known as the Galapagos of Africa!

Lion, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

The Shire Valley

The seldom visited Shire Valley in southern Malawi reveals the beauty of the Great Rift Valley boasting of two wildlife reserves: Majete Wildlife Reserve along the river banks of Shire River and Lengwe National Park on the western side of the largest sugarcane plantation in Malawi. Two distinct parks with their own kind of game.

Boat cruise, Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park

Malawi’s finest wildlife reserve, straddling the banks of the Shire River. Almost all of our adventure holidays feature Liwonde at some stage.

Likoma Island, Lake Malawi

Likoma Island

A lovely Island on Lake Malawi particularly for honeymooners. Excellent snorkelling and diving destination. Likoma is also one of the early UMCA Missionary site in Malawi.

Nyika Plateau, Malawi

Nyika Plateau & Vwaza Marsh

High grasslands and forests of the incredible Nyika Plateau give way to the savannah and woodland of Vwaza Marsh, offering habitat for many of Malawi’s rarest wildlife and fauna. This park borders with Zambia on the west.

Zomba Plateau, Malawi

Zomba Plateau

The old colonial capital of Malawi, Zomba town nestled among the forests and rolling grasslands of the Zomba Plateau, offering dramatic views over the Great African Rift Valley.

About Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country situated on the eastern side of Africa and surrounded by Mozambique in the east and south, Zambia in the west and Tanzania in the north. It has a total area of 118 484sq km of which 24 400sq km of water consists of Lake Malawi. The terrain is in the form of a narrow elongated plateau with rolling hills and some mountains. Lake Malawi has over a 1,000 species of fish, many endemic to the lake. There are more fish species found in the Rift Valley Lake complex (of which Lake Malawi is a part) than in any comparable areas of water in the world.

There are a number of exceptionally good hotels, resorts and lodges situated along the lakeshore and on islands in the lake, from where a kaleidoscope of colourful, flashing, striped and decorated fish can be seen when snorkelling in this crystal clear paradise. Fishing plays a major role in the local economy and visitors will see the days catch on drying racks in the many fishing villages along the lakeshore. The gourmet favourite remains the bream-like chambo, which is absolutely delicious and too good to be missed, washed down with an MGT! (Malawi Gin and Tonic “ it has a taste of its own).

Malawi has five National Parks and four game reserves, with Liwonde National Parks being the finest. This 548 sq km park is situated south of Lake Malawi. The Shire River and Lake Malombe form its western border. The birdlife along the shores of the lake and river and on the flood plains is nothing short of astounding and Malawi’s only population of Lilian’s lovebird occurs here. Fishing owls, palmnut vultures and African fish eagles are also to be seen here and there are good herds of elephant, hippo, sable and kudu.

Malawi is always beautiful. The cooler months (May to August/September) are more comfortable for travelers from the northern hemisphere, but the lush green summer (November to April) is also a good time to visit. May and June combine the best of both seasons cooler, still green with great visibility. Game viewing is best in the hottest times of the dry season, when the animals are forced to rely on the water sources, but the countryside is more attractive in the wetter, greener months. Bird watchers enjoy their best sightings in October and November.
The currency of Malawi is the Malawi Kwacha (MWK), which is made up of 100 Tambala. Foreign exchange can be converted at various banks and there are several reputable bureaux de change in all major cities of the country . Note that credit cards are accepted at some of the properties in the cities and around the Lake, however the use of both foreign currency and credit cards can be difficult outside major centres. 1 USD = MWK 360 (but keeps on fluctuating )
Certain nationals require visas and as this is never a constant, we would strongly recommend that you check with the nearest Malawi High Commission for the latest requirements. All passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.
Through connections either through South Africa, Kenya or Ethiopia most international flights land at Lilongwe, which is the capital of Malawi. Several other flights, especially those from Johannesburg and Harare, land at the business centre of Blantyre in the south of the country.
All visitors are responsible for their own international travel and medical insurance. You are strongly recommended to obtain the necessary travel insurance prior to your departure, which must include cover in respect of emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses and repatriation expenses.
Departure tax is built in when issuing air tickets.
Malaria is prevalent in some parts of Malawi. It is strongly advised that you speak to a physician before you leave home to ensure you are on an anti malarial course of tablets, prior to entering Malawi. It is advisable to drink bottled water whilst in Malawi.
Beach resorts are very informal, however Malawians are conservative and visitors should respect local customs and traditions when visiting villages and markets. Light clothing is essential as being in the tropics the weather can become very warm. Long sleeved shirts and light trousers help to keep the mosquitoes at bay in the evenings. Take a jersey for cool weather and late nights, especially when visiting the highlands.