DESIGNER HOLIDAYS & HONEYMOONS IN Malawi

A landlocked country set in southeastern Africa, Malawi holds its own as a worthy tourist destination. This vibrant nation lies within the Great African Rift Valley system, and is bordered in the North and East by Tanzania, on the east, south and southwest by Mozambique and to the west by Zambia. Lilongwe and Blantyre are the capital city and the commercial hub of the country, respectively. Meet the warm beating heart of Africa. Friendly and smiling people, a rich cultural heritage, fantastic game viewing and varied scenery.

  • Called the “Warm Heart of Africa,” in the native language, Malawi locals exude friendliness.
  • Enjoy the pristine views of the massive Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Nyasa, it’s the ninth largest lake in the world.
  • Lake Malawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, thought to be between 500 and 1,000
  • Majete National Park is run as a private park and has reintroduced so much game, you can see the Big Five now.
  • Malawi is, in large part, a place of peace and quiet, without the traffic jams and hassles of city life.

TOP 5 MALAWI HIGHLIGHTS

  1. LAKE MALAWI   Extending 75% of Malawi’s length, this lake feeds plenty of Malawians. Explore many tiny fishing villages spread out along the shorelines, blending in with picturesque white beaches. Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world. Experience Cape Maclear, famous for its sunsets and snorkelling.
  2. TEA ESTATES   Head down south explore the tea estates, so famous in Malawi, so beautiful to view in person. Take a hike up towards the Mulanje Massif and Zomba Plateau, the highest peak standing at an awesome 3 000 metres!
  3. LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK   One of Malawi’s smaller parks offering you incredible game viewing. The Shire River is brimming with hippos, crocodiles, elephants and even the rare Black rhino.
  4. NYIKA NATIONAL PARK   Malawi’s largest park extends across the great plateau and is ideal for walking, mountain biking, horse riding safaris and 4×4 trails. Best game viewing and flowers in the rainy season.
  5. THE LILONGWE BOTANICAL GARDENS   The perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Take a picnic, read, spend some time with your friends or partner, go for a walk, pray or meditate.

TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO MALAWI

CURRENCY   Malawian Kwacha (MWK) is the local currency. Most facilities accept US dollars, Pound sterling, Rand and Euro. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants in major cities.

CLIMATE   Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry and strongly seasonal. The warm-wet season stretches from November to April, during which 95% of the annual precipitation takes place.Winter begins in April and ends in August and temperatures range from 2˚C – 25˚C. November till March is summer. Generally temperatures range anywhere between 26˚C – 38˚C

WHAT TO PACK   If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider gloves and a beanie too. Summer can be exceedingly hot, pack shorts, t-shirts, and if you burn easily, a long shirt is recommended. Make sure to include sunscreen as well as lightweight long-sleeved clothing for protection against mosquitoes at night and in the early morning. Don’t forget your costume as most lodges have swimming pools and you’ll need it at Lake Malawi of course.

PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON   Dry, warm and sunny, the May to October winter period is the best time to visit Malawi for a beach holiday or safari. Temperatures can still reach 25˚C during mid day.

OUR SELECTION: THE BEST Malawi HOLIDAYS & HONEYMOONS

Over the past 21 years we have booked more than ten thousand custom holidays across Africa.
The selection of designer holidays presented below is based on customer feedback and represents ‘the best of the best’.
If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for please contact us personally — with more than 1,000 selected partner properties in 16 countries we can and will create your dream holiday or honeymoon.

Kevin & Fiona Record - Founders, Owners and hands-on Managers

Makuzi Top View

Experience a fantastic Big 5 safari and rhino tracking in the most pristine wildlife areas of Malawi. Visit all of the country’s top tourist hot spots on your honeymoon, family members or friends with this country specific safari. The palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi invite you for relaxation and total escapism afterwards.

Malawi Highlights Safari
  • 1 Nights at Kumbali Country Lodge, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • 2 Nights at Huntingdon House, Mount Mulanje, Malawi
  • 1 Nights at Sunbird Ku Chawe Hotel, Malawi Interior, Malawi
  • 2 Nights at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
  • 1 Nights at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel, Lake Malawi, Malawi
  • 2 Nights at Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau, Malawi
  • 3 Nights at Makuzi Beach Lodge, Lake Malawi, Malawi
12 Nights From $3 900
Per person sharing

Kaya Mawa Resort

Immerse yourself in nature in the most pristine environments. Embark on a memorable safari in Nyika National Park whose rolling grasslands are the keeper of large antelope herds. Observe the indigenous flora on hiking trails. This Gold standard safari will also see you frolicking in the azure waters of Lake Malawi teeming with over 1,000 cichlid fish species.

Malawi Northern Circuit
  • 3 Nights at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • 3 Nights at Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau, Malawi
  • 4 Nights at Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island, Malawi
10 Nights From $5 050
Per person sharing

Stanely Safari Lodge zambia

Get your heart racing from the menu of thrilling activities in Victoria Falls. Heighten the experience with an epic safari in South Luangwa, where you will be guaranteed intense game viewing pleasure. Conclude this Silver standard safari with a relaxed and romantic lakeside retreat on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Zambia and Malawi Circuit Safari
  • 3 Nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia
  • 3 Nights at Luangwa River Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 3 Nights at Pumulani Lake Lodge, Lake Malawi, Malawi
9 Nights From $4 550
Per person sharing

Family on game vehicle

Looking for an active safari that suits the whole family…? This safari offers the perfect mix for any family – Zambia’s Livingstone, home to the spectacular Victoria Falls and that country’s premier park, South Luangwa; ending off at the pristine shores of Lake Malawi. It offers loads of opportunity for much needed quality time for the family as well; with all properties having an option of exclusive family accommodation.

Zambia and Malawi Family Holiday
  • 3 Nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia
  • 3 Nights at Robin’s House, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 4 Nights at Pumulani Lake Lodge, Lake Malawi, Malawi
10 Nights From $4 235
Per person sharing

Pumulani Lake Lodge Malawi

Cape Maclear is one of the premier Lake Malawi destinations, renowned for its sunsets and snorkelling. Pumulani is situated on the westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi. The beauty of this lake is indescribable. The beautiful sparkling colours shimmering over the water, the clear blue skies and the panoramic vistas truly make you feel like you are in paradise. Spend 4 nights at Pumalani Lake Lodge on this fantastic fly in package.

Lake Malawi Fly In
  • 4 Nights at Pumulani Lake Lodge, Lake Malawi, Malawi
4 Nights From $2 430
Per person sharing