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Malawi Adventure Tours, Packages and Budget Safaris

Malawi is situated in south east Africa and is renowned as the Warm Heart of Africa boasting incredible nature, landscape, wildlife and culture. The boundaries are connected to Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. Malawi ranks among the world’s most densely populated countries with a population of 15,4 million people in only 118,484 square kilometres. Malawi offers extensively diverse scenery and generally a green, lush country covered with mountains, highlands, forests and wonderful river valleys. Kande Beach is located on the central-western shores of Lake Malawi and a popular spot for bush camping, and budget camping tours staying at privately owned campsites. Camping on the shores of the lake surrounded by beautiful scenery, makes for an unforgettable rustic experience.

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  • Nairobi to Cape Town Camping Tour (58 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0447
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    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly, fully participatory camping tours that travel through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Namibian Desert, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, the Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda to name just a few highlights. And the best part is you only travel with up to 20 travellers in a vehicle!

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    Price from R68,230

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  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland (Comfort) (58 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0447
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    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly accommodated tours that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour travels through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda, the Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Namibian Desert before ending your tour in Cape Town to name just a few highlights… Call us today for your new adventure!

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    Price from R93,430

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    Cape Town to Kenya Epic Comfort Overland (Under 39’s) (56 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Min 16 Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACM2517
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Kenya and Gorillas Adventure provides a broad insight into Southern and Eastern Africa’s grandest attractions. We leave from Cape Town and head off to Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts and relax on golden beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar. The mighty Victoria Falls is next on the list before journeying to the Chobe River, viewing the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and the infinite Serengeti plains.

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R114,535 R100,504

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    Cape Town to Kenya Epic Adventure Overland (Under 39’s) (56 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2516
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Kenya and Gorillas Adventure provides a broad insight into Southern and Eastern Africa’s grandest attractions. We leave from Cape Town and head off to Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts and relax on golden beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar. The mighty Victoria Falls is next on the list before journeying to the Chobe River, viewing the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and the infinite Serengeti plains.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R73,505 R64,851

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  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Camping (56 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0915
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Nairobi, Kenya, this ultimate African Trip Adventure Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Adventure takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland (Camping) (55 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0446
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    Why book this trip?

    An epic 55 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland camping adventure and the most popular route. You will be spoilt for choice with wildlife, beaches and cultures. The group size is limited to only 20 travellers of all ages and nationalities. It is extremely well priced and includes lots of highlights along the way.

    Beginning in Cape Town, this Cape to Nairobi Overland trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Price from R62,140

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas) (56 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0914
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

    5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

    10% discount for ISIC cardholders

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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Safari (Inclusive) 52 Day

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size 18 - 22
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2601
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Overland Adventure takes you from the Southern tip of Africa through the highlights of East Africa, all the way to Uganda to see the gorillas. It is full of diverse cultures, wildlife and amazing landscapes. You will get to explore the Okavango Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes), track gorillas in Uganda and camp in the wild. There are also loads of exciting adventure activities to choose from and fill your days with. Come and explore with us today!

    • The overland truck has been re-designed for 21st century safari travel
    • Steel enforced body to withstand the impact of rough terrain
    • Large front window and no divider between guides and travellers
    • Adjustable spacious seats that recline for comfortable travel
    • USB ports at every seat
    • Drinking water on tap
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    Price from R98,039 R95,588

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  • Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tour (Camping) (47 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM04691
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    Why book this tour?

    This is a very popular fully participatory camping tour that travels through 8 African countries, allowing you to see some of the best highlights that each country has to offer. Here are some of the highlights: Masai Mara, Silverback gorillas in Uganda, the Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta. We look forward to your call!

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    Price from R60,130

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  • Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Comfort (47 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACE0470
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    Why book this tour?

    This is a 47 day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland begins in Nairobi, Kenya. Highlights include the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Nakuru National Park.

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    Price from R74,930

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  • Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Trek (46 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0918
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    Why book this tour?

    On this comprehensive trip through eight countries, you will see a variety of landscapes from vast tracts of animals, tranquil lakes and rivers, misty rain forests and dazzling beaches. There is a wealth of game parks to explore on the hunt for the ‘Big Five’. There’s the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the opportunity to stare into the soft brown eyes of a gorilla is an experience not to be forgotten.

    From south to north, this offers the best attractions in East and Southern Africa.

      • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
      • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
      • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R41,000 R33,979

    + Local Payment USD 2330 Add to COMPARE

  • Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Trek (46 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 26-30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0926
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    Why book this tour?

    The tour allows you to see the famous mountain gorillas, wildlife in the famous game parks such as the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kruger, and lazy days on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R41,000 R33,979

    + Local Payment USD 2330 Add to COMPARE

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    Nairobi to Johannesburg and Gorillas Overland (Under 39’s) (46 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2515
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    Why book this tour?

    View the majestic Ngorongoro Crater; Mt Kilimanjaro; bronzed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar; picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls. We end off by visiting two incredible game parks – the Chobe National Park and the Kruger National Park.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R63,235 R55,488

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    Nairobi to Johannesburg and Gorillas Comfort (Under 39’s) (46 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2515
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    Why book this tour?

    View the majestic Ngorongoro Crater; Mt Kilimanjaro; bronzed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar; picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls. We end off by visiting two incredible game parks – the Chobe National Park and the Kruger National Park.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R87,515 R76,794

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    Kenya to Cape Town Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (43 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Min 16 Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2512
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    Why book this tour?

    This Kenya to Cape Town Comfort Adventure Tour offers you fantastic insights into some of East Africa and Southern Africa’s greatest attractions and cultures. Making our way to the Masai Mara, the flat plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro before relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Prepare to get a bit wet when viewing the mighty Victoria Falls, enjoy a boat cruise down the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta before ending your tour in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R87,295 R76,601

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    Kenya to Cape Town Overland Adventure (Under 39’s) (43 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2512
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this tour?

    This Kenya to Cape Town Adventure offers you fantastic insights into some of East Africa and Southern Africa’s greatest attractions and cultures. We visit the Masai Mara, the flat plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro before relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Prepare to get a bit wet when viewing the mighty Victoria Falls, enjoy a boat cruise down the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta before ending your tour in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

    • Price Beat Guarantee
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R54,385 R42,420

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour (Camping) (42 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania,Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0909
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    Why book this tour?

    This 42 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Budget Tour begins in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    • Includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1700 Add to COMPARE

  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Epic Route (42 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0906
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    Why book this tour?

    This Budget 42 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland begins in Nairobi, Kenya, this tour takes us south through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. We depart from Nairobi in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your consultant.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1700 Add to COMPARE

  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tour (Comfort) (41 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0472
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    Why book this tour?

    This is the Most Popular 41 day Accommodated Nairobi to Cape Town Overland beginning in Nairobi, Kenya. This tour takes us south through East Africa down into Southern Africa. Enjoy the adventure of a camping tour, but stay in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour has the perfect combination of adventure, diverse wildlife in all the National Parks that are included in your tour and all the while offering a well-rounded cultural experience – Its great!

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    Price from R64,860

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland (Camping) (41 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0449
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    Why book this tour?

    Fact be told, this is one our most popular tours that we offer as it is a great budget friendly tour, with the choice to pre-pay your additional activities, whilst having the peace of mind that you will stay at great camping location available in each area you travel to. But know that this tour has the perfect combination of adventure, diverse wildlife in all the National Parks that are included in your tour and all the while offering a well-rounded cultural experience – Its great!

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    Price from R43,560

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Malawi Adventure Tours, Packages and Budget Safaris

Lake Malawi is a world heritage site and a country jewel which covers almost the entire eastern boundary onto Mozambique. The lake is a Great African Lake, forming part of the Great Rift Valley, it is the ninth largest lake in the world at approximately 29 600 square kilometres. The lush green mountains form the perfect backdrop to a day of snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

The tiny landlocked nation of Malawi is relatively undiscovered by tourists but this is part of its appeal. While it doesn’t have the blockbuster wildlife parks teeming with game that its neighbouring countries – Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya – do, it offers a stunning lake and beautiful wilderness areas (some of which are in the process of being rehabilitated) without any crowds.

In 2012, with the relocation of lions, Majete Wildlife Reserve became Malawi’s only Big Five. The beautiful wilderness area of miombo woodlands, granite hills, river valleys and lush forest is also home to zebra, eland, kudu, sable, klipspringer and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.

In southern Malawi, Liwonde National Park is small but has a remarkable diversity of habitats, as well as abundant wildlife, with dense populations of elephant and hippo, as well as sable antelope, kudu, waterbuck and impala. Its 400 species of birds make it a birding hotspot, and it’s one of the best places to see sought-after water birds such as Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron. As well as 4×4 safaris, you can do walking safaris and game viewing by boat where you get a different perspective on the bush.

At the southern end of the lake, Lake Malawi National Park protects Malawi’s aquatic species, most importantly hundreds of species of colourful cichlid fish, most of which are endemic to the country. Seeing these stunning fish when you go snorkelling or scuba diving in the lake is definitely a Malawian wildlife highlight.

In eastern Malawi, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is the country’s largest and least developed wilderness area, home to lion, leopard, buffalo and sable antelope and 280 species of birds. There’s also an elephant translocation program running to restock elephants in the park after most of them were lost to poaching.

10 reasons to travel to Malawi

Lake Malawi

One of the deepest lakes on the planet, Lake Malawi is the country’s top attraction. This glittering blue jewel stretches along the length of the country, with clear waters and sandy beaches and hundreds of species of colourful cichlid fish – more than in any other lake in the world. There are lots of ways to explore the lake: swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, yachting and kayaking are on offer, and there are plenty of beaches on the mainland with resorts, backpackers and campsites, as well as a few tiny islands for you to sleep near the gently lapping waves.

Friendly people

Self-proclaimed as the “Warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is known to be one of the friendliest countries on the continent. Wherever you go, you’re likely to be greeted with big smiles and a friendly welcome from local people.

Wildlife on the up

After years of declining wildlife populations in its reserves, Malawi’s wildlife has seen a boost thanks to rehabilitation and relocation projects in several of its parks. In 2012 Malawi became a Big Five destination when Majete Wildlife Reserve added lion thanks to a wildlife relocation project, which was part of a major decade-long rehabilitation plan, while an elephant translocation project is restocking Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve’s elephants that were lost to poaching, and a trust is restoring the wildlife of the tiny Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve.

Lake of Stars festival

This annual multi-day music festival, which has been running for 14 years, is worth a trip to Malawi alone. Held on shores of Lake Malawi, it’s a fun beach party with local musicians, DJs and international acts playing everything from afro-pop to indie rock. But it’s not just about partying: Lake of Stars is a non-profit event aimed at promoting tourism to the country and supporting Malawian arts and culture, and it also raises money for community projects and encourages festival goers to help out with community projects while they’re at the festival.

Island hopping

Lake Malawi is dotted with some beautiful and truly idyllic islands, from tiny Domwe and Mumbo islands, which you get to by kayaking from Cape Maclear and are uninhabited apart from small Robinson Crusoe-rustic camps, to Likoma Island, where there are bustling local communities and a handful of wonderful lodges. Then there are the three Marelli Islands, which are protected as part of the Lake Malawi National Park and are home to hippos, otters, bush babies and 300 species of birds, and the super laid back Chizumulu Island, which you can walk right around in under three hours.

Snorkelling and diving

Lake Malawi, with its clear warm water and hundreds of species of colourful cichlid fish, is a great place to go snorkelling and diving. There are loads of places around the lake that offer these activities, and you can also do them from islands such as Domwe and Mumbo, near Cape Maclear.

Bush and beach

There are a few African countries where you can combine bush and beach on one holiday, but nowhere is easier than tiny Malawi, where you can go from bush to beach by car in just a couple of hours. If you fancy spotting elephants while you drink your morning tea, and relaxing on a lounger on a sandy beach with a cocktail in hand by the afternoon, Malawi’s the destination for you.

Mountain trekking

Mt Mulanje, Central Africa’s highest peak at 3000 metres, is a spectacular place to go hiking, with a wealth trails to choose from, which take you through dramatic green valleys, forests and waterfalls. There’s loads of wildlife to spot, from monkeys to dassies, and there are well-maintained huts along the way for you spend the night.

Wilderness hiking

If you want to explore wilderness on foot, Malawi is fantastic for hiking. Nyika National Park, Malawi’s largest, is a huge plateau covered in beautiful rolling grasslands and forests that are home to lots of antelope, as well as elephant, buffalo and lion and 200 orchid species. Multi-day wilderness trails take you through parts of this incredibly scenic park, with astounding views and wildlife to spot along the way. In southern Malawi, the Zomba Plateau, which is covered in dense forest and dotted with cascading waterfalls and streams, is a hiker’s paradise, with an extensive network of paths that lead through spectacular scenery and offer panoramic views.

Birding

For a small country, Malawi packs a mighty punch when it comes to its birds. A whopping 650 species have been recorded in the landlocked country, and many of the species are seldom seen in the rest of southern Africa. Lake Malawi attracts a lot of bird life, as do the wetlands and riverine areas, and the Shire River in Liwonde National Park is a particular hotspot, while the misty grasslands of the Nyika Plateau are home to some species that you only find in northern Malawi and southern Tanzania.