Combine the 'Lake of Stars' with Malawi's remarkable scenery, wildlife and the most friendly of people.
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Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, although not as rich in game as other African countries, the magic of Malawi lies in its glorious scenery. Then add in marvelously friendly and laid-back people, superb flora and bird life. And of course the wonderful Lake Malawi.
Malawi is a small sliver of a country dominated by Lake Malawi, the most appealing of the great lakes of Africa. Indeed the ‘lake of stars’ is three quarters of the length of Malawi. Its crystal clear waters are teeming with colorful fish. (Lake Malawi is one of the most popular freshwater scuba diving locations in the world!) Plus its sandy beaches are a popular spot for relaxing after a Malawi safari.
Further south are the main wildlife reserves, the scenic Liwonde National Park – with its large herds of elephant – and the revitalized Majete Game Reserve. In the southern lowlands are the tea plantations of Satemwe. Rising above them are the peaks of Mount Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau with hiking, mountain biking and walking trails on offer.
Travel within Malawi is relatively easy. Most of our clients use road transfers between Lake Malawi, Liwonde, the Zomba Plateau and Lilongwe or Blantyre. Light aircraft charters are also possible for destinations further afield such as the Nyika plateau and Likoma Island.
So if you enjoy combining a safari with beach relaxation; if you enjoy activity such as bush walks, mountain biking or horse-riding; if you like to meet the local people in an uncontrived way, then a Malawi holiday could be perfect for you.
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I love the riverside setting of Mkulumadzi Camp and you can hear the water flowing throughout the day and night. I suspect that the swing bridge – being the only way to get to the camp - may be a logistical nightmare for the lodge to manage. But we found it was a magical part of the experience for us. (However it is worth pointing out for people who are frailer and unsteady on their feet!)
The suites are stunning and modern and so are the public areas of the lodge. The food, again, was excellent. The Management couple were fine but not as friendly as some of the local Malawian managers although they did dine with us.
Unfortunately I had to leave early and so was not able to enjoy the full game-experience whilst I was there but I can see from the previous clients that they saw lions. We loved the hide at the waterhole which is a great wildlife viewing point.