Malawi

“The Warm Heart of Africa” is a small, friendly country dominated by Lake Malawi. Because of the unique features of the Great Rift Valley, Malawi boasts an extraordinary diversity of climate, vegetation, landscapes and wildlife.

A place of incredible tropical beauty completely unspoiled by mass tourism and a rustic destination very popular with adventurists, backpackers and honeymooners, Malawi is also a country where the locals are happy to share their lives and colorful cultures with visitors.

See and do:

  • Swim, snorkel and dive in the majestic Lake Malawi
  • Visit Liwonde National Park, known for its tropical feel, excellent birding, and huge hippo population
  • Hike Mount Mulanje, known as the “island in the sky”

Pairs well with:

  • Zambia to combine traditional game drives and walking safaris with Malawi’s laid back beach experience on Mumbo Island

A visit to Malawi will be unlike a visit to any other safari destination in the region. Malawi’s Liwonde National Park has a tropical feel and is known for its excellent birding and huge hippo population.  Malawi’s famed Lake Malawi is an inland tropical sea, accounting for 20% of Malawi’s surface area.  Lake Malawi contains the greatest variety of freshwater fish species of any other lake on Earth.

Additionally, visitors to Malawi will gain a great sense of what daily life is like for Malawians. The small first-world cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre stand in stark contrast to the adjacent rural areas where residents build homes and businesses from homemade bricks taken from the red clay earth nearby.

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14 Days: Zambian Bush + Malawi Beach

Journey through Zambia's game-rich areas and thrill in seeing beautiful wildlife in its natural environment! Your heart will likely feel an immediate connection to these magnificent creatures, while the sounds, sights and scents will remind you that you aren't dreaming - even though it may feel like it! Enjoy these unforgettable encounters before heading to Malawi's Likoma Island. Water activities, relaxation and opportunities for pampering abound at this lovely island paradise!

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