Malawi > Malawi Introduction


  • Michele, Thanks for arranging what was a fantastic trip to Malawi. Danforth Lodge – a really great place to stay. Howard and Michelle were excellent hosts and their core team were likewise. Mumbo Island – this was the highlight of the trip for Lucy. We really loved the place and the unique accommodation. Being in a lake the water was safe and we could kayak, snorkel and swim to our hearts content. Mvuu Camp – really enjoyed this different type of safari. This was our first safari that was more bird focussed and for me it delivered. The Shire river is beautiful and birdlife on its banks is plentiful. We saw the Pels Fishing Owl and Lilians Lovebirds…along with all the kingfishers, a wide range of herons and a whole host more. The mix of the three quite different main destinations really made this trip and three days in each provided the right balance. Malawi is a beautiful country and the lack of any big scale tourism is a real bonus…ensuring that what it has to offer is largely unspoilt. Many thanks again for arranging this trip.

    Chris and family travelled around Malawi
A Pumulani sunset, Lake MalawiBoat cruise on Shire river, MalawiFantastic kayaking, Mumbo Island, Lake MalawiGiant eagle owl, Malawi DAKaya Mawa  diving boat, MalawiLake Malawi, MalawiServal DA, MalawiShire River cruise, Mvuu National Park, MalawiZomba market, MalawiZomba plateau, Malawi



Introduction to the friendly land of Malawi

Malawi is a land-locked country dominated by Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. The lake is a huge attraction, being both culturally interesting as well as a fantastic beach destination. The crystal clear waters are home to a vast number of cichlid fish, and the lake offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing opportunities. Whilst there are a number of good spots and beach properties along the length of the western and southern lakeshore, Cape Maclear in the south is arguably the best known and most developed. It is here that some of the best kayaking and sailing takes place from some of the better lakeside lodges. Further north, Likoma Island offers a more remote experience.

Malawi is not especially known for its big game safaris, but Liwonde National Park on the Shire River is particularly good for bird-watching and has good concentrations of big game, especially elephants. Other regions such as Vwaza and the Nyika Plateau are well established and strongholds for particular species of interest, such as roan antelope, whilst lesser known regions such as Nkhotakota and Majete are beginning to develop into reasonable game-viewing destinations. In the south of the country, the Zomba Plateau and the highlands around Mount Mulanje are extremely scenic and pleasant regions to tour by road, with opportunities to explore on foot.

Malawi combines very well with a big game safari in Zambia, especially the South Luangwa National Park which is just 45 minutes flying from the capital, Lilongwe. The other key access routes are from South Africa and Kenya. Internal travel around Malawi is mostly by road or by light aircraft transfer.

For further information on Malawi safari holidays please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our friendly safari specialists.