Malawi Safaris

flight time

12 Hours

time zone

UTC+2

best airlines

British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways

fly from

London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh

On The Map

Lake Malawi

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Rain mm 244 219 334 280 122 32 32 6 3 17 115 257

Liwonde National Park

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Nyika Plateau

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Tracks Safaris- We get you closer to Africa!

Often referred to as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi is becoming increasingly recognised as a top holiday destination thanks to its unrivalled combination of lake, landscape, wildlife, culture and activity. Relatively new to tourism in comparison to it’s bigger and more recognisable African counterparts, Malawi’s stunning landscape, including a number of game parks, have remained unspoilt. This combined with a breadth of activities, things to do, and things to see, truly allows you to observe and experience African wildlife, culture and shear magnificence at its most authentic and peaceful. 

From diving the depths of the serene Lake Malawi to climbing the peaks and taking in the stunning views from atop Mount Mulanje, Malawi has something to offer everyone. Safari’s by 4x4, foot or boat, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, water-skiing, art safaris, pottery courses and yoga holidays are just a small selection of activities on offer. Or chill on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi - the third largest in Africa, making it more an ‘inland sea’ than mere lake.  One of the main appeals of Malawi as a tourist destination is the unique safari experience it provides. An abundance of wildlife makes viewing incredibly rewarding, and with limited concessions operating in each reserve, safaris are quiet and relaxed experiences. 

For many, the country’s people are its greatest attraction; friendly, welcoming, colourful and vibrant, they propel Malawi from merely a tourist destination to a must visit country. Opportunities to spend time in real villages add another dimension to your African visit and a multitude of community-led initiatives provide insight into the traditional, authentic culture of Malawi’s people. 

Although the tourist infrastructure remains small scale, the standards are high, allowing you to discover every aspect of the country on your holiday, from pitching a tent under the stars to luxury lodges overlooking the crystal waters of the lake.   In many locations, you’ll still be the only guest for miles! 

Wildlife

Malawi’s nine national parks and wildlife reserves offer game viewing and tracking as it should be - intimate, exclusive and abundant. Each park has a maximum of just two lodges, so you can view the Big 5 without the crowds.  The Parks and Reserves cover a great variety of landscape and vegetation types, and include areas of genuine unspoilt wilderness. 

In the north are the unique and beautiful highlands of the Nyika Plateau National Park, and the low lying Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. Central Malawi has two vast game areas: Kasungu National Park in the west and Nkhotakota Reserve in the east. The latter, straddling the rugged and untouched wilderness of the Rift Valley Escarpment, has only recently been developed to accept visitors, but with that comes a sense of real wilderness. 

In the south is Liwonde, the most established National Park in the country, offers prolific game viewing along the River Shire. There are also three game areas further south in the Lower Shire Valley: Lengwe National Park and the wildlife reserves of Majete and Mwabvi. Majete is a remarkable conservation success story, having been successfully re-stocked into a thriving Big 5 reserve. Near the southern end of Lake Malawi is the world’s first freshwater national park at Cape Maclear. This is one of Malawi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Malawi is also an ornithologist’s paradise. Few countries in Africa can rival Malawi’s range of bird species, coupled with the relative ease of birdwatching. Around 650 species have been identified with over ten per cent not being seen in other parts of southern Africa. Best known is the fish eagle to be seen at the Lake and along the River Shire. But the greatest variety of animal species is to be found under water, with Lake Malawi a real life aquarium that is home to around 1000 species of tropical fish – a number unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.

Lake Malawi – the Rift Valley’s ‘Lake of Stars’

Home to the world’s first freshwater National Park and covering a third of the country, Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa. Although a lake of crystal clear fresh water, its size and depth gives it a sea-like appearance, with one side rarely visible from the other, and a shoreline of idyllic golden sandy beaches lapped by gentle waves. The Lake is a real-life aquarium, home to up to 1000 species of brightly coloured tropical fish, many unique to the Lake.  Far from hiding away, these fish will swim around you and swim up close!

This vast body of freshwater provides a wide range of water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. International-class accommodation is dotted along its length, mainly small friendly lodges, but to suit all budgets and interests. From luxury lodges and yacht charters to rustic camps on deserted islands, all have their own piece of paradise and offer plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Equally, they all offer a truly relaxing beach experience, often in complete seclusion. 

Lake Malawi’s approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence the nickname: “the calendar lake”. The Lake, in the north, is quite extraordinarily deep at 2300 ft/700 m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake.  Access to the Lake is possible along much of its length but it should be noted that it is usually necessary to take a short detour off the main roads in order to reach the beach.  There are long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore, lapped by crystal clear waters.  

You can easily combine a safari in Malawi with some time relaxing by the Lake. Alternatively, air links are good between Zambia and Malawi - why not let us design you a safari visiting the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi or Kafue National Parks in Zambia with Lake Malawi and see the best of both countries!  Call us on 01386 830264 or email sue@trackssafaris.co.uk to start planning your adventure.
 
We have recently travelled througout both the north and south of Malawi experiencing the wildlife and lodges and the Lake - talk to someone who has been there!
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