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Malawi is arguably the friendliest country in Southern Africa with a laidback, slow and authentic African feel with few of the modern tourist traps found in more sophisticated safari destinations, which is why we love it! Lake Malawi is the biggest attraction here – its turquoise waters, colorful fish and idyllic islands will make you feel like you’re at the coast, not in a landlocked country!

Further afield visitors can explore the country’s gorgeous mountains, ancient forests and wildlife reserves like Liwonde National Park and the Nyika Plateau. Unlike other African parks these are truly “off the beaten track” with only a handful of lodges operating in each, and reserves like Majete are virtually undiscovered by tourists, making this country well worth the trip for any adventure-seeking safari-goer! Malawi may be small, but it offers a vibrant, unique and diverse safari experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Several top-rated destinations in Malawi and neighbouring Zambia are a stone’s throw away from one another and traveling between the two countries is easy! Combine an epic Big 5 safari or multi-day walking trail in Zambia with a few days exploring Lake Malawi’s gorgeous beaches and islands then onto Mount Mulanje for a taste of hiking and fresh mountain air for an unforgettable “all round” safari itinerary!

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde’s waterways, palm tree-lined rivers, grasslands, forests and lush swamps offer a gorgeous and highly productive safari experience! This is the place to go for the best wildlife viewing in Malawi. Large herds of elephant, unique antelope, hordes of hippos and magic scenery guarantee a well-rounded wildlife experience. The park is uncrowded with just a few lodges and visitors can enjoy morning bush walks, boat safaris, game drives and unforgettable sunsets over the Shire River.

Lake Malawi

You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re at the coast as Lake Malawi has all the ingredients for the perfect beach holiday. Sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and swimming in azure waters is all on offer, and flat water means no chance of getting pounded by waves! There’s a leisurely pace on the lake’s shores with many low-key guest houses and intimate resorts, colorful markets and local culture. Escape to one of the lake’s islands for a more exclusive and remote adventure away from the hustle and bustle where you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a giant aquarium!

Nyika National Park

Hugging the Zambian border is Nyika, Malawi’s biggest reserve offering a unique landscape of high rolling grasslands, forested valleys and stark plateaus. Home to some unique animals, visitors can spot herds of roan antelope, eland, and zebra as well as spotted hyena, jackal, serval and leopards. The park offers hiking and mountain bike trails, which is a great way to feed your more adventurous side.

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Just an hour south-west of Blantyre, Majete is a small reserve but it’s packed with big game and fantastic wildlife sightings! Enjoy guided walking safaris, game drives and sunset boat trips in this remote and peaceful wilderness far from the crowds. Majete is now also Malawi’s only Big 5 reserve and is also home to a network of rivers and lakes that zebra, hippo, crocodiles and many species of antelope frequent, not to mention an impressive list of colorful bird species.

Mount Mulanje

Mount Mulanje is central Africa’s highest peak, and this is your destination for fantastic hiking and lush mountain scenery! A network of trails wind through tea plantations and cedar forests to spectacular waterfalls that cascade into crystal rock pools. Located in Southern Malawi, Mount Mulanje is a great destination to tie into your safari itinerary, giving you a taste of some of Malawi’s best destinations in a relatively small area.

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