For travellers in search of a path less-trodden, a visit to Malawi certainly delivers. Populated by exceptionally welcoming people and dominated by its beautiful, eponymous lake, Malawi is an understated and charming African destination.

Why travel to Malawi

With the Great Rift Valley running through the country, there is a fantastic diversity of landscape, from Central Africa’s highest peak, Sapitwa, to the highland plateau and stunning Lake Malawi. The third largest lake in Africa, its translucent, pale green waters are thought to host the largest number of endemic fish of any freshwater lake in the world, while its shores of amber-coloured sand offer all that you’d expect from a beach holiday, but in a far wilder setting.
We would recommend Malawi for a second-time Africa explorers, as it offering diverse wildlife experiences beyond classic big-game viewing. Bird-watchers will be enthralled by Lake Malawi, a significant stopover point on major migratory routes to and from South Africa.

Additional places to visit in Malawi are its captivating national parks and vibrant cities such as Lilongwe and Blantyre.

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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

Malawian Kwacha

LANGUAGE

English/ Chichewa

TIME ZONE

GMT +02:00

TIPPING

10%

PEAK TIME

May - October

USEFUL PHRASES

Welcome – Takulandirani
Hello, how are you? – Muli bwanji?
Thank you – Zikomo
My friend – Achimwene

COLDEST MONTH

July ,br> 21°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

November
28°C on average

ITINERARIES
Ideal Length: 13 days

Zambia and Malawi: Safari and Freshwater Beach

A fantastic combination of two very different countries that offer so much. Discover walking safaris or river cruises along the mighty Zambezi in Zambia before relaxing on the sandy...

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SUSTAINABILITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Malawi

Our Destination Expert’s top tip

Culture in Malawi is to greet and ask about each other’s health and the health of families – so be prepared to take time for greetings.

Terry Moohan

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Africa + Indian Ocean
Did you know?

Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa and the ninth-largest in the world. It is home to a vast array of fish species, including the famous “cichlids,” which are found nowhere else on Earth.

The people of Malawi

Malawi is known as “the Warm Heart of Africa” because of its friendly and welcoming people.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Malawi

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Malawi hotels.

Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi

Kaya Mawa offers a variety of luxury rooms, chalets and houses each with their own unique décor and some with private pools on secluded Likoma Island.

A unique destination in Lake Malawi, expect relaxation, indulgence and an incredible range of complimentary water sports in the beautiful blue waters, including sailing and scuba diving.

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Makuzi, Lake Malawi

Expect a haven of relaxation and aquatic adventures at this private beach retreat nestled on the northern shores of Lake Malawi.

Mazuki boasts pristine private beaches, perfect for sun-soaking or snorkelling among vibrant cichlids and stunning gardens. Comfortable, thatched chalets offer lake views, while the warm hospitality embraces Malawi's reputation as the 'warm heart of Africa'.

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Mkulumadzi, Majete Reserve

Located within 7000 acres of private concession within Malawi's only Big Five wildlife reserve, a stay at this lodge fuses exclusivity with extraordinary wildlife encounters.

With unspoiled riverine landscapes as a backdrop, guests enjoy safaris witnessing big game, sundowners overlooking the Shire River, and nights in chic, eco-friendly chalets.

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An unforgettable Christmas in a truly magical kingdom, with every tiny detail impeccably thought out. Our guide Philip was legend, bringing alive every aspect of our dream. Finally of course, a huge thank you to Cazenove & Loyd for once again organising an epic adventure and a holiday in a lifetime for our girls!

What our clients say

The hosts were friendly and thoughtful, and it was such a lovely surprise that they framed one of our wedding photos as a leaving present and arranged for us to have pudding on the final night on our balcony. This genuinely could not have been a better place to stay on our honeymoon and we are saving up to return!

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