Malawi is a relatively small country yet it’s filled with an almost endless array of landscapes. In the south, you’ll find rolling tea fields and Mount Mulanje, with its mist-capped forests and exotic wildlife. In the far north the scenery changes dramatically: the Nyika Plateau grasslands are home to large herds of eland, zebra and Roan antelope.
To the east lies Lake Malawi, a giant mass of clear, shimmering fresh water swarming with colourful cichlid fish. You can dive, snorkel, paddle out on a kayak — or bask on a raft. And then, just an hour later you could be warming yourself by a campfire on the vast Nyika Plateau, the air filled with the fragrance of scented wood.
Wildlife viewing is available in abundance. At Liwonde National Park, you’ll struggle to keep count of the bird varieties as they caw and flap above your head. And thanks to conservation organisation, African Parks, there are now three reserves where you’ll find the big cats. Majete, Liwonde and Nkhotakota, once decimated through poaching and poverty, are blossoming back to life.
As tourism is still relatively new, it’s a country where you’ll feel like one of the first to visit and there are lots of quirky places to stay, from camps to lodges. To help you truly get beneath the skin of this fascinating country, we can tailor make every aspect of your experience, providing you with a guide and driver who will make sure you don’t miss a single Malawi moment.
When to go
We like to offer Malawi in combination with Zambia for the perfect balance of walking, safaris and beach. It’s warm all year round but there’s a hot rainfall season from November to April (especially during January and February) so you may be better sticking to the drier winter months – early May to late October.