On Our Radar: Malawi
Explore the Warm Heart of Africa
Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi offers exquisite natural beauty, diverse wildlife, rich culture, and adventurous activities.
Also known as Lake Nyasa, the third-largest lake in Africa offers crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches. Unforgettable sunsets and breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains and plateaus will leave nature lovers in awe.
Active travellers can enjoy a range of water-based activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and sailing. While the underwater world offers divers the opportunity to see a myriad colourful fish species, the many elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and several species of birds that call the lake home can be spotted from a boat-based safari. The area around the lake is also home to several wildlife reserves and national parks, including Liwonde National Park and Nyika National Park.
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Liwonde National Park
One of Malawi’s premier wildlife reserves, Liwonde is situated along the Shire River and offers stunning views of the river and surrounding areas.
Liwonde is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and several species of birds.
While enjoying a game drive or boat safari, there’s also always ample opportunity for birdwatching, with over 400 species recorded in the park (including the rare Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron).
Liwonde National Park is easily accessible from the major cities in Malawi, and offers wonderful lodges and campsites.
Visitors to the park can also experience the local culture and traditions of the Chewa people who live in the area.
Nyika National Park
Another must-visit park, with rolling hills, waterfalls, and grasslands that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Nyika is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including antelopes, zebras, hyenas, leopards, and over 400 species of birds. While memorable game drives and walking safaris are a given, the park is also a great destination for hiking enthusiasts, with trails to waterfalls, valleys, and other natural attractions for all levels.
Malawi is a culturally diverse country, with over 18 ethnic groups and several traditional dances and music styles. No visit would be complete without exploring the local villages to learn about the customs and traditions of the communities and their vibrant heritage.
Our Favourite Places to Stay in Malawi
Kaya Mawa Island Lodge is a beachfront paradise on Likoma Island, in the heart of Lake Malawi.
The boutique lodge welcomes everyone from honeymooners to families and friends looking for a luxurious, carefree escape.
With its home on the sandy white beaches of Likoma, Kaya Mawa offers relaxed, lakeside living in comfort and style.
Think starlit dinners, massages at the spa, and – of course – snorkelling in the turquoise waters.
The locally built lodge is Malawi’s first resort run solely on renewal energy, cementing it as a leader in sustainability and community empowerment.
Each of the 11 rooms and houses is uniquely designed to fit naturally into the dramatic rocky terrain of the bay, with white-washed interiors opening out to incredible lake and beach views, and some suites enjoying use of a private deck and plunge pool, or even a terrace, courtyard and private dining area.
© Kaya Mawa Island Lodge
Best Time to Visit Malawi
Many prefer to visit during the dry and less hot months from April to November (it can get very hot from December to March).
How to Get to Malawi
You can fly to Malawi with Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways or Kenya Airways. Let us know where you’re flying from, and we’ll help you find the best flights!
Best Way to Get Around Malawi
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