Malawi, is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa but offers a rich variety of tourist attractions for visitors to East Africa. This landlocked country is dominated by Lake Malawi almost 600km long and has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Unique adventures await tourists in Malawi. A country with less wildlife than others in the region, Malawi has so much more in varied landscapes and real-life experiences of African culture. A Safari in Malawi can offer you:
- Varied landscapes
- Smaller, unusual national parks
- Unique freshwater diving
- Experience of daily life in Africa
- Meeting the cheerful, jovial local people
Most popular safaris in Malawi
24 Day Overland Tour, Camping
From the versatile landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, from the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique – this is what exploring Southern Africa is all about.
21 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
from 1,780 EUR
This adventure trip combines the best of Southern and Eastern Africa. You will visit the Victoria Falls, swim in Lake Malawi and also have the option of exploring the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Things to see in Malawi
It is almost an ocean. 575km in length and 85km wide, Lake Malawi is the eight largest lake in the world and second deepest in Africa. It is also known as Lake Nyasa or Lake of Storms as violent winds can create waves of up to five meters high. More species of freshwater fish are found here than any other place on earth and more than 1000 species of cichlids are found in the lake. Beaches at Salima, Cape Maclear and Chinteche are ideal for swimming and relaxing and are good bases for water sport.
Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park is the most well-known reserve in Malawi and home to its largest elephant population. A boat trip on the Shire River promises views of hippos, crocodile and Malawi’s national bird, the African fish eagle. Tourists can also expect to see antelopes, vervet monkeys and monitor lizards.
The Zomba Plateau is a table-top mountain of over 1800 m high. A hike to the top will award you with panoramic views, forests, streams and the opportunity to see abundant bird life.
Surrounded by tea plantations the highest peak of Mt Mulanje is Sapitwa Peak – over 3000 m. Ideal for hiking and climbing it offers the visitor something different from the normal trip. The best time to access the mountain is the dry months of May to August.
Nyika National Park
This unusual reserve is located over 2600 m above sea level and has a unique climate and animal life. Views from the plateau are spectacular. It’s been said that the biggest concentration of leopard in Africa is found here. Game viewing, bird spotting and hikes amongst wild flowers are some activities offered.
Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve
Wetland and swamps make up this game reserve rich in bird life. As animals can roam free and cross from Zambia, herds of elephants, antelopes and sometimes the rare wild dog can be seen.
Best time to visit
Any time of the year is a good time to visit Malawi. Most major roads are tarred and accessible throughout the year. The rainy season depends on the area and normally starts between October and December and clears up in March to April. The best months for safari are the dry warm months from end of August to November.
Extend your trip in Malawi by visiting the South Luangwa National park, only four hours from Malawi’s capital Lilongwe, or cross the border to visit the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.