Lake Malawi

Malawi, known as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” beckons with its friendly people, diverse landscapes, and incredible wildlife. With The Grown-up Travel Company, you’ll discover the beauty and charm of Malawi, creating memories to last a lifetime. Let’s explore the highlights of this remarkable country!

Lake Malawi’s vast size, its warm freshwater and its gorgeous surrounding beaches make it a mecca for those seeking a year-round location to swim, scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, sail, kayak, parasail or simply potter about in boats.

Malawi also boasts plenty of national parks providing a haven for a wide variety of wildlife including crocodiles, lions, elephants, hippos and even leopard. Culture vultures are also well served by numerous fascinating historical and cultural sites as well as visits to traditional Malawian villages to meet some ever-smiling Malawians going about their daily lives.

With all of this exceptional culture, natural scenery and friendliness on offer, this unique African country is enchanting enough to captivate even the most jaded traveller.

Introduction to Malawi

Located in southeastern Africa, Malawi is a landlocked nation renowned for its stunning natural scenery, vibrant culture, and rich biodiversity. From the majestic Lake Malawi to the rolling highlands and lush wildlife reserves, there’s something for everyone in this captivating country.

Malawi’s Must-See Attractions

  • Lake Malawi: This vast freshwater lake, also known as the “Lake of Stars,” is the heart and soul of the country. Discover its crystal-clear waters, golden beaches, and thriving underwater world.
  • Liwonde National Park: Explore this premier wildlife reserve, where you can spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.
  • Nyika National Park: Wander through the rolling highlands of this unique park, home to antelope, zebra, and over 400 bird species, as well as dramatic landscapes and colourful wildflowers.
  • Mount Mulanje: Hike the trails of this towering mountain massif, which offers breathtaking views, lush forests, and refreshing waterfalls.

Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in Malawi’s rich cultural tapestry by visiting local markets, attending traditional ceremonies, and interacting with friendly villagers. The Grown-up Travel Company can arrange authentic cultural experiences that showcase the warmth and hospitality for which Malawi is famous.

Culinary Delights

Sample the flavours of Malawi with dishes like nsima (a maize porridge), chambo (a type of fish from Lake Malawi), and kachumbari (a refreshing tomato and onion salad). The Grown-up Travel Company will recommend the best local eateries to satisfy your taste buds.

Best Time to Visit

Malawi can be enjoyed year-round, but the dry season (May to October) is generally considered the best time for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities. The green season (November to April) brings vibrant landscapes and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Accommodation Options

Malawi offers a range of lodging options, from luxury lakeside lodges and eco-friendly retreats to charming guesthouses and rustic campsites. I handpick the perfect accommodations for your stay, ensuring comfort, authenticity, and personalised service.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1-3: Lilongwe

Day 4-7: Lake Malawi

Day 8-11: Liwonde National Park

Day 12-14: Nyika National Park

This sample itinerary highlights Malawi’s diverse attractions and experiences. I can of course tailor this itinerary to suit your interests, preferences, and travel duration.

If you are an adventurous type, consider driving in Malawi, which allows you to truly experience the country up close.

Personal Anecdote

During my first visit to Malawi, I was struck by the warmth and generosity of the local people. From the bustling markets of Lilongwe to the remote fishing villages along Lake Malawi’s shores, the smiles and genuine hospitality I encountered made my trip truly unforgettable.

Wildlife Experiences

Malawi’s national parks and wildlife reserves offer incredible opportunities to witness Africa’s iconic species up close. Embark on game drives, walking safaris, and boat cruises with experienced guides who’ll ensure you have a memorable and educational wildlife encounter.

Packing Essentials

Here are some must-haves for your Malawian adventure:

  • Lightweight clothing for warm days and layers for cooler evenings
  • Sturdy walking shoes or sandals
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  • Travel adapter for electrical devices

Responsible Travel and Sustainability

I am committed to responsible travel practices, working with partners that support local communities, conservation initiatives, and sustainable practices. By choosing to explore Malawi with The Grown-up Travel Company, you’re helping to preserve the country’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

Customisation and Personalisation

I take pride in crafting bespoke itineraries to meet your unique travel preferences. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, I’ll work with you to create your ideal Malawian journey.


Malawi’s enchanting landscapes, welcoming culture, and abundant wildlife make it a must-visit destination for any adventurous traveller. With The Grown-up Travel Company’s expertise and personalised service, you’ll embark on a journey that will captivate your heart and create memories to last a lifetime.

Ready to experience the magic of Malawi? Get in touch with me to start planning your unforgettable African adventure!

Read my blog posts on Malawi:

A week in the warm heart of Africa – Malawi

Travel Information


Electrical sockets (outlets) in Malawi are the “Type G ” British BS-1363 type (three rectangular blade plug). If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the…

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CurrencyThe local currency is known as Kwacha (MWK; symbol Mk) which is equal to 100 tambala. Notes come in denominations of Mk500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10…

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All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or…

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Varies from cool in the highlands to warm around Lake Malawi. Winter (May to July) is dry and nights can be chilly, particularly in the highlands. The…

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Air Malawi (QM) is defunct as of 2013. Domestic flights are served by charter airline Ulendo Airlink ( which serves destinations including…

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Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended year round in the Lake Malawi area, with warmer clothes advised in the mountains, particularly during winter…

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YouTube video

On the road in Malawi - our video

At the end of April 2018 I was lucky enough to visit Malawi and found that it does indeed live up to its slogan as “the warm heart of Africa”. After spending the night at the lovely Kumbali Lake Retreat (owned by the same family as the superb Kumbali Country Lodge in Lilongwe – we drove south to the transfer point for the Blue Zebra Island Lodge. On the way I stuck my DJI Osmo out the car window and later put these clips together so you can get a taste of real life in Malawi – watch in 4K if you can.

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