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Malawi Holidays

Take the time to lap up everything Malawi offers and you’re certain to leave enlightened. The rejuvenated Majete Wildlife Reserve and the hippo-filled Shire River in Liwonde National Park are both simply idyllic.

Colourful cichlids dance between rocks off Likoma Island, rhinos roam Majete’s wooded thickets and a Highland beauty shrouds Nyika’s plateau. Malawi is a country of contrasts.

Despite being small, it contains remarkable variety, thanks mainly to the Great Rift sculpting its landscape. And although the country is amongst the continent’s poorest, Malawians are friendly and welcoming, earning their home the nickname “The Warm Heart of Africa”.

Bua River from above, Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Elephant, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Sunset boat cruise on Shire River, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi

Discover extraordinary in Malawi

  • Visit African Parks’ headquarters in Nkhotakota, Liwonde or Majete and learn about the work they are doing to ensure a future for wildlife in Malawi.
  • Explore Malawi’s three main national parks, seeing how they have recovered under the management of African Parks
  • Spend time on the shores of Lake Malawi and try swimming, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and even diving
  • Combine with neighbouring Zambia, thanks to direct flights between Lilongwe and South Luangwa National Park
  • Stay at tea estates in the south of the country and go hiking across the ruggedly beautiful Zomba Plateau
  • Visit the beautiful Nyika Plateau – reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands and perfect for hiking and mountain biking
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Star deck, Mkulumadzi, Majete, Malawi
Majete, Malawi

Highlights of a safari in Malawi

  • Spot big game in the rejuvenated Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Cruise the beautiful, hippo-filled Shire River in Liwonde National Park
  • Explore the unspoilt miombo woodlands of Nkhotakota
Kayaking, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
View from wooden boat, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Swimming, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi

Highlights of Lake Malawi

  • Discover sleepy Likoma Island, clear waters and perfect for snorkelling
  • Leave Wi-Fi and electricity behind for the idyllic simplicity of Mumbo Island
  • Explore forest trails and try paddleboarding from Pumulani

Explore Malawi

  • Liwonde National Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Majete
  • Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Spot Elephants

Spot huge herds of elephants as they graze the floodplains beside the river.

Suggested camp

Island Camps

Stay at isolated island camps on Lake Malawi, only accessible by plane or boat.

Suggested camp

Boat Cruise on the Shire River

Cruise the Shire River, which is packed with hippos and alive with birdlife.

Suggested lodge

Lake Malawi Watersports

Spend time on the shores of Lake Malawi and try swimming, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and even diving.

Suggested property

Sunset Dhow Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on Lake Malawi aboard an old fishing dhow. Sip sundowner drinks and nibble on snacks as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Suggested Lodge

Cichlids

Snorkel and swim amongst the rocks that dot the lake’s shores, looking out for the colourful cichlids (fish) for which Lake Malawi is famed. Hundreds of different species are said to exist here.

Suggested Hotel

Sample local cuisine

Try traditional Malawian cuisine, supposedly the best in Southern Africa.

Discover Zambia

Fly on to Zambia, with direct flights to South Luangwa National Park.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Latitude 13

Begin or end your trip with some time in quirky Latitude 13, filled with contemporary artwork.

Handicrafts and Markets

Explore Lilongwe’s market, filled with local goods, or spend time at the craft market, where woodcarvings, baskets and jewellery are all sold.

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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