Malawi Safari Holidays
Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and this is not just glib marketing-speak. Although not as rich in game as other African countries, the magic of Malawi lies in its glorious scenery. Then add in marvellously friendly and laid-back people, superb flora and birdlife – and of course the wonderful Lake Malawi. So if you enjoy experiencing authentic African culture and chatting to local people, then a Malawi safari is a must!
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 colourful 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 in the Liwonde National Park or Majete Game Reserve. Alternatively combine Lake Malawi with a safari in neighbouring Zambia?
Further south are the main wildlife reserves of Malawi, 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.
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 Malawi could be the perfect destination for you.
Options for your Malawi Safari
- Combine bush and beach with Liwonde and Lake Malawi – See our Mvuu & Mumbo Island safari
- Combine a Zambia safari with Lake Malawi – see our Valley & Lake Safari
- Enjoy the best freshwater diving in Africa, possibly the world!
- Relaxing luxurious beach holidays – see Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi
- Enjoy a week of sailing on Lake Malawi with Danforth yachting
- Try an active safari with water sports on Lake Malawi, boat safaris in Liwonde National Park and walking on the Zomba Plateau – see Best of Southern Malawi safari
- Kayaking on Lake Malawi staying at Mumbo Island Camp
Best time to visit Malawi & how?
Malawi is an almost year round destination. January to March is warm but wet. So many of the lakeshore lodges are closed until mid March. However, if you are into botany, the Nyika plateau offers some of the best orchid displays at this time of year.
April to October is warm, clear and dry with some rain in April. This time matches the best time for wildlife safaris in Malawi. The windy season on the lake tends to be July/August but it’s not windy every day, just for a few days at a time.
Temperatures start heating up from September onwards. Perfect for the cooler Nyika plateau but the lakeshore stays warm at night so you need to be happy with heat! The lake is calmest between November and March so this is the best time for diving.
How to get to Malawi
You can fly into Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi via Nairobi (Kenya) or South Africa. There are also daily regional flights from the South Luangwa Park in Zambia to Lilongwe with connecting charter flights onto Lake Malawi. So it’s easy to combine a safari with beach. 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 possibe for destinations further afield such as the Nyika plateau and Likoma Island (for Kaya Mawa).