Sundowner view, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Malawi Holidays

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

Liwonde landscape


  • 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
Mumbo Island

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 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

A trip to Malawi is not complete without a visit to Lake Malawi, the lifeblood of the country which takes up a fifth of the land. Here boat trips, snorkelling and diving can all be enjoyed, and for those who want to relax can do so on the plentiful white sand beaches while enjoying the stunning scenery and turquoise waters.

Hippo, Elephants, Antelope, Crocodiles and an array of other rare and beautiful wildlife can all be spotted. It is also home to the extremely rare and endangered Black Rhino, which are still under a constant and very present threat of poachers.

Like with any destination we always advise keeping an eye on your belongings, especially when out in busy, crowded areas. It is sensible to leave any valuables at home. Avoid walking around at night in areas you do not know, even when out in safari camps.

The accommodation on offer ranges from basic to luxury, so there is something to suit every budget and need. As Malawi is making its name as the new destination for 2014, more high-end lodges are emerging throughout the country. 

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