- Relax and enjoy Lake Malawi's beaches and activities
- Visit the traditional fishing villages and craft markets
- Sail on MV Ilala and take in the stunning scenery
- Safari in Nyika and Liwonde National Parks
It is understood the name Malawi comes from a native word meaning ‘flaming water’ or ‘tongues of fire’, which refers to the dazzling reflections the sun makes on the waters of the lake. Water covers one-fifth of the country, with its picturesque lakes and rivers. The beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and rich culture of its friendly people make Malawi a wonderful place to visit. The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset.
- Malawi lies within the Great African Rift Valley, with its lake being the most prominent feature. Much of the land surface is a high plateau, with rugged highlands in the north and lowlands of the Shire Valley in the south.
- Malawi is a multilingual country with around 9 languages of Bantu origin spoken. English and Chichewa are the official languages of the nation.
- For most activities, the best time to visit Malawi is during the dry season between May and October. Birding is most popular in the rainy season between November and April, as many migratory species arrive for breeding.
Famously known for its enormous lake, Malawi is a lush and tropical destination of laid-back charm. Lake Malawi is an incredible sight where sandy beaches are enclosed by dramatic mountains and a myriad of cichlid fish swim in its waters. Away from the lake, Malawi offers national parks and reserves teeming with wildlife, forests full of tropical birds, rolling tea plantations and ancient rock art sites. Whilst not an obvious safari destination, Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve have grown in popularity, and visitors can embark on game drives to spot the African 'Big Five'.
Our team are always on the lookout for the best experiences Malawi has to offer, and here are a few of our favourites:
- Lake Malawi
- Liwonde National Park
- Nyika National Park
- Majete Wildlife Reserve
- Likoma and Chizumulu Islands
Lake Malawi offers gorgeous beaches and many water-based activities including, swimming, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and water-skiing.
With some of the best wildlife sightings in Malawi, Liwonde is home to elephant, rhino, hippo, cheetah, lion and many stunning bird species.
Nyika is the best place for hiking and mountain biking in Malawi, with breath-taking vistas and plentiful sightings of African wildlife.
Located in one of the prettiest regions in Malawi, visit the tea estates in Thyolo and wander the lush surrounds to explore the farms and learn about the tea industry.
Majete is a conservation success story, transforming itself into a premier ‘Big Five’ destination after nearly 5,000 animals of 16 species were reintroduced.
The only two habited islands on Lake Malawi, Likoma and Chizumulu, are a fusion of history, modernity and a true blend of Malawian cultures.