Malawi

Dubbed 'The Warm Heart of Africa' due to the legendary welcome extended to all who visit, Malawi is a small country with a big heart and an even bigger range of incredible tourist activities! 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.

Travel Information

Electricity

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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Banking

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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Cuisine

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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Climate

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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Transport

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

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Dress

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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Regions

Cape Maclear

Located on the southern shore of Lake Malawi at the tip of the Nankumba Peninsula, Cape Maclear is a little resort town surrounded by mountains and set within Lake Malawi National Park. This town features an array of beachside bars and local restaurants in a spectacularly scenic setting of golden sand…

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Kuti Wildlife Reserve

Located in Central Malawi, Kuti Wildlife Reserve is a sanctuary stretching over 2000 hectares of unspoilt terrain. The reserve plays a large role in developing responsible tourism through sustainable conservation, environmental education and community outreach programmes. This beautiful landscape features diverse habitats including savannah, grasslands, forests and wetlands inhabited by a…

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Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the crowning jewel of this beautiful country. It is one of the largest, longest and deepest freshwater lakes in the world. Numerous fishing villages are scattered along its length but there are still vast stretches of uninhabited golden beaches. Known as ‘The Lake of Stars’, the natural beauty…

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Lilongwe

Resting on the banks of the Lilongwe River, the sprawling, bustling city of Lilongwe serves as the capital of Malawi. It is the largest city in Malawi and is the economic and transport hub of the country. It features thriving markets, lush green spaces, and a rich cultural heritage. While the…

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Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably the most popular of all the game parks in the country. Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms its western boundary and is the reserve’s lifeblood….

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Majete Wildlife Reserve

Sprawling across 700 square kilometres of the Great African Rift Valley, Majete Wildlife Reserve’s undulating terrain incorporates grassy plains, riverside groves and forests of marula, acacia and leadwood interspersed with palms and the occasional baobab tree. The park provides a sanctuary for a diverse mix of wildlife, including black rhino, elephant,…

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Mount Mulanje

Mount Mulanje is the highest peak in Malawi rising to an impressive height of 3000 metres. Dubbed the ‘Island in the Sky’, its imposing exposed rock face dominates the surrounding landscape and on misty days Mount Mulanje’s base is shrouded in a haze that creates an otherworldly effect of a floating…

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Thyolo

Located between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje in what is arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, the town of Thyolo serves as the administrative capital of the Thyolo District. The area is best known for its historical tea and coffee estates some of which date back as far as the…

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Zomba

Situated in southern Malawi, the city of Zomba formerly served as the colonial capital of the country. It is known for its Colonial architecture and its location on the southern slopes of the scenic Zomba Plateau. It serves as an excellent base for visitors to explore the surrounding area. The rugged…

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Videos

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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