Known for being the “Warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is home to the friendliest most smiling people you will probably ever meet. This small country is also famous for its freshwater lake.
This is the perfect holiday destination if you are interested in a laidback beach break combined with a safari, either in the country itself or in the neighboring country, Zambia.
Imagine swimming in a giant aquarium amongst many colorful fish. That is exactly what it feels like when you dive in the clear water of Lake Malawi.
Stretching over 20 percent of the country, the lake has lovely sandy beaches where the top activities are kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and diving.
A whole range of accommodation are to be found around the lake, from staying on a private remote island like Robinson Crusoe to a more luxurious hotel on the shore, everybody can find their paradise on this little gem.
Malawi isn’t famous for its game reserves, but they are worth a visit while exploring the country. Liwonde NP offers game drives and boat safaris on the Shire River while Majete Wildlife Reserve only focuses on 4×4 game drives where you can spot the BIG 5. Only a couples of lodges are available in each reserve promising a secluded holiday.
Between the tea plantations and the great scenery of the mountains, the South of Malawi has so much to offer and is vastly different from the rest of the country.
Staying on a tea plantation is a must-do to relax before heading to the Mount Mulanje and Zomba Plateau. Both Mount Mulanje and Zomba Plateau are fabulous for hiking.
Let’s not forget about the keen birders, a multitude of birds are to be found there. This even includes the Thyolo Alethe, one of the rarest birds in Southern Africa.
local currency is Kwacha although US Dollar is also accepted
When to go
best months to travel are between May and November during the drier winter months.
A trip around Malawi is at its best when combined with a safari in the neighbouring country, Zambia.