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”.
Explore the highlights of 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
- 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 paddle boarding from Pumulani
Our Malawi specialists recommend
- 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
Beyond the Ordinary
- 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
Our Malawi Holiday Experts
Bridget is South African and Jackie is Zimbabwean. They have both spent much of their working lives travelling around Southern Africa, including Malawi. They love this beautiful country and are constantly surprised that it continues to be overlooked by most travellers.
Advice from our Malawi Experts
"Wildlife is not as prolific in Malawi’s national parks as in other places, but the same can be said for tourists. If you value seclusion, then Malawi is the perfect choice – you are likely to see only a handful of other vehicles on safari."
Jackie Devereux | Steppes Travel South Africa Expert
"Although Malawi is small, don’t underestimate the driving times involved when planning a trip here. The hilly landscape and relatively limited road network mean that getting from park to park by road can take some time."
Bridget Cohen | Steppes Travel South Africa Expert