Best of Malawi: A Unique Safari from Bush to Beach

Malawi is quite unlike anywhere else in Africa. Venture into the heart of Africa for a unique bush and beach adventure through untouched grasslands and pristine waters and you’ll discover why. Dubbed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’, the people of Malawi are some of the most welcoming in Africa and will introduce you to breathtakingly beautiful national parks and pristine waters. As you embark upon wildlife-rich game drives and sail across the vast expanse of Lake Malawi, stopping off along the way at gorgeous beaches without any other tourists in sight, you’ll find yourself wondering why you never thought of a Malawian Safari before. Thankfully, that’s what we’re here for. So, get ahead of the curve and away from the crowds and discover all that Malawi has to offer.

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Majestic Majete

You’ll arrive into Chileka International Airport, where you’ll then be transferred straight to Majete National Park and the stunning Mkulumadzi Lodge for the first three nights of your trip. One of Malawi’s larger national parks, Majete sprawls across the Great African Rift Valley and is a sanctuary for wildlife – both those that prowl the grassy plains and that lurk in the waters of the Shire River. You’ll spend the next few days uncovering the heart of Africa as you head out on game drives, as well as walking and boat safaris, in search of the famous Big 5. For something that bit more special, we’ve also arranged a romantic sunset river cruise, where you can’t help but feel humbled by the expansive wilderness that surrounds the two of you.

Malawi’s Life Blood

From Majete, you’ll continue to Liwonde National Park. No two safari experiences are the same in Malawi and whilst Liwonde may be smaller – it’s arguably better for game spotting. Water is undoubtedly the lifeblood of this small, landlocked country and not just for the people, but for the wildlife too. Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms the western boundary of Liwonde and brings with it a plethora of animals as well as a means for them to survive. Spend the next two days peering through the binoculars in search of the popular Peli’s Fishing Owl and floating down the river past herds of hippopotamuses.

Pristine Beaches

For the final leg of your Malawian discovery, you’ll spend some time on the never-ending shorelines of Lake Malawi. A landlocked country, Lake Malawi accounts for a third of Malawi’s territory and with its beautiful beaches and luscious islands, gives the illusion of being in some far off archipelago. Staying at the luxurious Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island, you’ll spend the next few days kayaking into sunsets, discovering hidden beaches and dining under the stars. You’ll even have the opportunity to fish for your dinner, just as the locals would, with Lake Malawi home to more fish species than any other lake. After a few days of rest and relaxation under the African sun, you’ll fly to Lilongwe ready to return home.