Malawi

The Journey Begins Here

The warm heart of Africa

Have the stars and moon over Lake Malawi etched into your memory, snorkel or dive amongst over 700 species of cichlids, fall asleep to the sound of grunting hippos in Liwonde, or do you dare hike Mount Mulanje? Spend time with a local family to get a real feel for Malawian life, culture, and the people. Known best for its freshwater lake that accounts for a third of its area, Malawi is called the warm heart of Africa because of the friendliness of the people. Malawians are also the slowest walkers in the world, reminding us of the importance of slowing down and enjoying spending time with friends and family, and the scenery around us. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, but with a varied landscape from mountains, to beach, and bush, it offers many experiences and sights. We’re also closely involved with some local projects in Malawi. See the “Giving Back” section of the website.

Recommended Destimations

There’s much to see and do, but these are a few of the highlights:

Liwonde National Park, Beaches of Chinteche on Lake Malawi, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Cape Maclear/Lake Malawi National Park

  • Liwonde National Park

  • Beaches of Chinteche on Lake Malawi

  • Majete Wildlife Reserve

  • Cape Maclear/Lake Malawi National Park

Safari Essentials

What to see

Liwonde National Park

Based around the Shire River, the park boasts many elephants, hippos, and Africa Parks has intensively worked to translocate and reintroduce native species, remove snares, combat poaching, and reduce human-wildlife conflict here.
Predators have been restored to the park as of 2017, for the first time in two decades. The park is also home to the critically endangered black rhino. Buffalo can be found along the floodplains, and easy viewing of many bird species. River safaris, game drives during the day and at night, nature walks and birding – something for everyone! Best to visit from April to October when the bush is dry and open, July and August are cooler, while September and October can be quite hot. Accommodation is limited but ranges from tented camps to high end private chalets.

Beaches of Chinteche on Lake Malawi

The lake is unimaginably vast, being the ninth largest in the world, and the third largest and second deepest in Africa.
The lake and is beaches are absolute highlights, with the beaches near Chinteche being some of the most beautiful, with white fine sand and warm waters usually around 26 to 28 °C. Go for a snorkel, or take a scuba dive to see some of the lake’s over 700 species of cichlids. Wander through a local village, see a local education project, or take a horse ride through the bush, down the beach, and then swim with the horses in the lake! Enjoy a sundowner watching the sun set over the lake, and have some excellent local chambo. You will forever remember the stars shining over the lake at night.

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Malawi’s only Big Five destination! A stunning 15-year period has transformed this park from an empty forest and a few antelope due to lawlessness and poaching to a flourishing landscape for wildlife.
The reintroductions have been so successful that wildlife from Majete are now being used to improve the populations in other parks. Now over 12,000 large animals thrive within the perimeter: black rhino, elephants, lions, leopard, buffalo, sables. Game drives, bush walks, boat rides, hikes, and community visits are some of what Majete has to offer.

Cape Maclear/Lake Malawi National Park

A bustling beachside community in the southern part of Lake Malawi, fringed with beachside bars and accommodation to suit everyone.
The beachfront is fringed by the local village, so some beach areas are for fishing, others the children play, and the village ladies come down to do their washing and have a swim! See Malawian culture up close and interact with the lovely locals. Boat tours, local craft markets, diving, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, or take a ride over to Otter Point in the National Park.

What to do

  • Likoma Island
  • Relax on the beach
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Horseback riding/swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Village tour including school/community project
  • Dinner with local family

The Stats

  • Official name
    Republic of Malawi
  • Population
    Over 18 million
  • Language
    English (Chichewa also commonly spoken)
  • Currency
    Malawian Kwacha
  • Area
    118,484 km2
  • People
    96.6% Black African, 3.4% Others.
  • Established
    Colonized by the British in 1891, independence in 1964, and name change from Nyasaland to Malawi.
  • Capital
    Lilongwe
  • Dress
    Conservative dress, especially for women, is recommended here
  • Part of
    UN, South African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Economy
    Over 80% of population involved in subsistence farming. Heavy reliance on tobacco.
  • Challenges
    Expanding economy, corruption, education, environmental protection, healthcare
  • Banking
    ATMs in most larger towns and in cities. About 50-75% are functioning.
  • Transportation
    2 international airports, 31 total, of which 7 have paved runways. Limited railway, and roadways in various conditions. The main highways are paved.
  • Government
    Unitary presidential republic
  • Main industries

    Minerals, gold, mining, agriculture, and tourism.

  • Rainy season
    November to April
  • Borders
    Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique to the east, south, and west.
  • Sport
    Football (soccer)
  • Religion
    87% Christian, 11.5% Muslim,

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