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Welcome to Malawi

This small and oddly shaped country in South-central Africa is dominated by the massive expanse of water from which it takes its name – Lake Malawi. So much so that the main reason why most travellers visit the country is to experience the beautiful inland beaches and wide array of water-sports. The lake supports more species of fish than any other lake in the world, including approximately one thousand species of cichlid. It goes without saying that the snorkelling and diving is fantastic and can be enjoyed alongside sailing, canoeing, fishing, wind-surfing and water-skiing. 

Likoma Island offers some wonderful accommodation options but we tend to recommend the area around the southern side of the lake more often. The main reason for this being the easy accessibility from Lilongwe and the proximity to the main safari area of Liwonde. Although the large predators are notably absent here the area still offers very good boating safari in search of elephant, hippo, crocodile and the numerous species of birds. A little gem has emerged further south in the form of Majete Wildlife Reserve. This park was practically devoid of all wildlife until 2003 when an extensive reintroduction program was undertaken. Over 2000 animals were translocated and today the park is home to all of the big five. The community upliftment that has taken place is quite inspiring and it is a region we would like to support going forward as it completely embodies our values. 

The country is most often combined with a safari in Zambia, which provides a big game fix before allowing some time to enjoy the laid back atmosphere on the lake. This makes for an interesting variation of the safari and beach recipe. The people here are also some of the friendliest you will meet anywhere on the continent – we think it is well worth a visit! 

  • Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake 
  • A wide array of water-sports including diving, snorkelling, canoeing and fishing 
  • An unbelievable diversity of birdlife 
  • Some of the friendliest people on the continent contribute to the laid back atmosphere 
  • Combines very well with a more intense safari in Zambia 
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