Known as the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi is winning international accolade as an emerging destination. Malawians are some of the friendliest people to welcome you to this diverse and laid back pocket of the world. Lake Malawi is the obvious star of the show, where you can snorkel with cichlids, kayak to remote islands, watch the sunset with a famous Malawi Gin and Tonic and more. Beyond lake Malawi’s shores you can explore the forests and mountains that envelop the lake add dramatic scenery, hiking opportunities and wildlife havens. Discover Malawi by heading onto less travelled paths that will provide a wealth of memories and make Malawi one of your favorite African Countries.
Highlands, Horses, and Hiking
The forest reserves and highlands of Malawi have stunning panaromic views of the lake and into Mozambique and Tanzania. You can lose yourself in the tree canopies and watch out for the rare Sumango Monkey and specialized forest bird species. Mount Mulanje is home of Malawi’s highest peak and summited in a day. At the foothills of Mulanje, there are world class tea and coffee estates. Nyika Plateau is reminiscent of Scotland with herds of Zebra and Roan interspersed amongst the endemic flowers. In addition to hiking and biking you can explore the forest paths by horseback at Zomba Plateau and Luwawa Forest Reserve.
Recent developments by African Parks has increased the diversity and density of wildlife to observe. With a few camps in the national parks, visitor numbers are kept low ensuring an exclusive experience. Nyika National Park is an alternative wildlife destination with zebra and roan dotting a Scottish-highland landscape, with the possibility of spotting more elusive predators like leopard, hyena and jackal.
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Lake Malawi and its islands
Lake Malawi dominates the country, stretching from the northern border 355 miles south providing a range of activities, scenery and accommodation. The lake is home to the wonderfully colorful cichlids – an amazing diverse group of fish species endemic to the lake. There are a range of water activities on offer including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and motorized sports. Many of the lodges also have swimming pools.
Along the northern shores expansive golden beaches encourage you to kick back, relax and enjoy the view. Chintheche beach is one of the top beaches along the lake with exclusive lodges to make the most of your time. Wander through the hills, forests and farmlands on horseback and finish off your ride in the lake to cool down and take some truly unique Instagram worthy photos.
Across the lake close to Mozambique you can fly to Likoma island, a remote retreat with baobab trees dotted amongst rocky outcrops and surrounded by sandy beaches. Explore the island on foot, bicycle or quad bike – the Likoma Cathedral is well worth a visit.
Further south is the world heritage site around Cape Maclear. Islands rise out of the lake and are home to huge densities of cichlids. Watching the fish eagles fish close by and jumping into the myriad colors of cichlids will create memories of a life time. Enjoy the cool breeze of the only dhow on the lake.
Our travel consultants will be able to combine Lake Malawi with our destinations in Malawi and Zambia for your truly personal safari itinerary. Contact us with your dates and budget and we will work with you to create a holiday of a lifetime.
A truly unique destination, Nyika Plateau is remote and cooler than the rest of Malawi. It’s wonderful to put on an extra layer and enjoy roaring log fires after the warmth of the Lake. Accompanied by experienced guides you can hike and bike through the montane vegetation, including 200 orchid species (11 of which are endemic to Nyika) and observed by roan, eland and reedbuck. Day and night drives open the plateau even further and you can spot the elusive leopard or spotted hyena. For an alternative arrival method, you can take a three-day hike from Livingstonia Mission, slowly gaining altitude, observing the changing habitat whilst looking back across the lake.
Our travel consultants will be able to combine Nyika National Park with our destinations in Malawi and Zambia for your truly personal safari itinerary. Contact us with your dates and budget and we will work with you to create a holiday of a lifetime.
Majete Wildlife Res.
Majete is Malawi’s Big 5 destination and since 2003 Africa Parks has partnered with the Malawian government to bring new life into this national park. The reintroductions of animals, road developments, scout training, and the development of community initiatives has made Majete one of Malawi’s top wildlife destinations.
Our travel consultants will be able to combine Majete National Park with our destinations in Malawi and Zambia for your truly personal safari itinerary. Contact us with your dates and budget and we will work with you to create a holiday of a lifetime.
Liwonde Ntl. Park
Just after the Shire River leaves Lake Malawi it becomes the eastern border for Liwonde National Park. Slow meandering river cruises highlight the diverse birdlife and you can observe hippos, crocodiles and other game at the water edge. Africa Parks has been developing Liwonde with recent introductions of lion and cheetah. The first cheetah cubs were born in 2018.
Our travel consultants will be able to combine Liwonde with our destinations in Malawi and Zambia for your truly personal safari itinerary. Contact us with your dates and budget and we will work with you to create a holiday of a lifetime.