Malawi

While Malawi’s small, landlocked location in south-eastern Africa may look unpromising on a map, nothing could be further from the truth. Long known as the Warm Heart of Africa for the depth of its people’s friendliness, the country’s lack of oceanic coastline is more than made up for by the clear waters of Lake Malawi.

It snakes along the country’s eastern border for an epic 590 km from north to south, where you’ll find perfect beaches and iconic boat trips above the waves of the Cape Maclear peninsula, and extraordinary diving among the many endemic cichlid fish species that call the lake home below them.

If you can tear yourself away from the lakeshore, Malawi also has a growing reputation as a safari destination. Of all its national parks, Nyika’s blend of rolling hills and forested valleys has one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the region. Further south, Majete Wildlife Reserve in the Lower Shire Valley is able to boast the Big Five, while nothing can quite match the experience of approaching Liwonde’s elephant and hippo by safari boat.

Elsewhere, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chongoni Rock Art Area hosts more than 120 individual sites dating back to the Stone and Iron Ages in the forested hills of a central plateau, while the Zomba Plateau in the Shire Highlands, together with nearby Mt Mulanje, the country’s highest peak, are popular hiking destinations due to their mix of waterfalls, riverine forest and native miombo woodland.

Tours

2-3 Star Accommodation

Our 2 to 3 star accommodated safaris and tours use comfortable accommodation that is booked on a twin share basis. The majority of rooms have en-suite bathrooms and very occasionally they will have shared ablutions. All linen and bedding is provided.

Adventure Camping

Adventure camping requires participation. Your guide and assistant do all the meal preparation, however we ask guests to help (on rotation) with the washing up.  You will also need to assist with putting up your tent and packing the vehicle.  There are some long travel days which means early morning starts, so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Malawi are the “Type G ” British BS-1363 type (three rectangular blade plug). If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the…

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Banking

CurrencyThe local currency is known as Kwacha (MWK; symbol Mk) which is equal to 100 tambala. Notes come in denominations of Mk500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10…

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Cuisine

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or…

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Climate

Varies from cool in the highlands to warm around Lake Malawi. Winter (May to July) is dry and nights can be chilly, particularly in the highlands. The…

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Transport

Air Malawi (QM) is defunct as of 2013. Domestic flights are served by charter airline Ulendo Airlink (www.flyulendo.com) which serves destinations including…

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Dress

Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended year round in the Lake Malawi area, with warmer clothes advised in the mountains, particularly during winter…

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Regions

Kuti Wildlife Reserve

Located in Central Malawi, Kuti Wildlife Reserve is a sanctuary stretching over 2000 hectares of unspoilt terrain. The reserve plays a large role in developing responsible…

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Lilongwe

Resting on the banks of the Lilongwe River, the sprawling, bustling city of Lilongwe serves as the capital of Malawi. It is the largest city in…

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Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably…

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Mulanje

The town of Mulanje lies at the base of Mount Mulanje, Central Africa’s highest mountain, and the gateway to its trekking trails. This giant massif measures…

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Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island is an ecotourist’s dream. Measuring just one square kilometre across, this remote islet is virtually uninhabited and covered with pristine miombo forests interspersed with…

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Senga

Senga is located at the tip of a broad peninsula jutting into the eastern part of Lake Malawi, 16 kilometres from Salima. The picturesque area boasts…

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