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Malawi is best known for its beautiful Lake Malawi and is also renowned for its friendly locals, earning it the title as the “warm heart of Africa”. This relatively small, yet diverse country is a laid-back travel destination where the pace of life slows down and you get to relax and appreciate its spectacular natural scenery.
Although the Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country around 20% of its total area is covered by the fresh-water Lake Malawi. This beautiful African country is the ideal destination for relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi, participating in water sports or exploring its warm waters by boat, yacht or catamaran.
The country consists primarily of a long narrow plateau and rolling plains, gentle hills and a few mountain ranges. Most of Malawi’s population is rural with agriculture being the main industry. The majority of Malawians still live in traditional villages that welcome visitors interested in their way of life.
Malawi is home to a wide variety of birds with over 650 recorded species found across the country's different landscapes. The birdlife consists primarily of woodland or grassland varieties including the Livingstone flycatcher, red-winged francolin and the endemic Lillian’s lovebird.
Lake Malawi, as well as the rivers and dams of Malawi also attract waterbirds such as fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfishers, egret and pelican. Raptors, like the African marsh harrier, black-breasted snake eagle and peregrine falcon, add to the variety of birdlife.
The vast freshwater Lake Malawi is one of the most scenic in the world, idyllically located between high mountains in a warm climate. The lake is famous for its warm waters and welcoming locals, as well as the fresh fish, sandy beaches, excellent diving and resident fish eagles.
The crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi stretch over 500km along eastern Malawi forming most of the border between Malawi and the rugged coast of Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake, also known as Lake Nyasa, lies in the Great Rift Valley running through Malawi. Its fish rich waters serve as a major food source for Malawians, including fish such as the chambo and a large catfish, the Kampango.
Lake Malawi boasts a variety of brightly coloured fish in its tropical waters, making it a excellent destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. The lake also boasts sandy white beaches fringed with palm trees, ideal for lazing on. There are a variety of water sports available at Lake Malawi, including diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing and kayaking. The lake is home to an exceptionally high number of fish species, among them numerous endemic species. The cichlid fish species found in Lake Malawi are of particular significance among the several hundred endemic species inhabiting the lake.
Lake Malawi National Park located on the southern end of the lake is a World Heritage Site, considered of great importance in the study of evolution. Other wildlife found at Lake Malawi includes monitor lizards, hippopotamus, baboons, antelopes, hyrax, crocodiles and a sizeable population of African fish eagles.
Liwonde National Park is considered Malawi’s top game reserve offering the best game viewing in the country, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery. Liwonde is located in the south of Malawi along the Upper Shire River and is said to be the longest established park in the country. Liwonde Park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Malawi with these gentle mammals frequently being sighted at the river’s edge, along with hippopotamuses, zebras, antelopes and crocodiles.
The park is home to high concentrations of sable antelope, kudu, duiker and oribi, as well as warthogs. Waterbuck, reedbuck, antelope and if you’re lucky even lions and leopards can also be spotted in Liwonde. The park runs a rhino-breeding program having reintroduced two black rhinos into the wild. The park is rich in birdlife with species including the African Fish Eagle, jacana, white-bellied cormorant, Palm-nut vultures, Western Banded Eagles, Brown Snake Eagles as well as a number of weavers and bishops. The uncommon Lilian's lovebird is also found in Liwonde along with Carmine and Boehm's Bee-eaters. Liwonde Park offers visitors excellent accommodation options, night game drives and game-viewing boat trips.
Dzalanyama Forest Reserve consists of steep, tree-covered hills and escarpments inhabited by spectacular birdlife, as well as baboons, duikers, hyena, leopard and some sable antelope. The Dzalanyama Forest is best known for its prolific birdlife, boasting over 300 bird species including the African Citril, Hilderbrandt’s Francolin and the White-tailed Blue-flycatcher. Other bird species include the Bar-tailed Trogon, Miombo Pied Barbet, Woodland Pipit, Central Bearded Scrub-Robin, Stripe-breasted Canary and Eastern Double-collared Sunbird. The Dzalanyama Reserve runs along the watershed between Malawi and Mozambique and is ideal for bird watching, hiking and simply enjoying nature.
There are a wide variety of Malawi safaris to choose from ranging from a 4-day Budget Lodge Safari and 6-day Budget Sailing Safaris to epic 56-day Camping Overland Tours that travel throughout southern Africa. A number of the shorter Malawi tours are ideal beach and wildlife getaways that combine Zambia’s Luangwa National Park and Lake Malawi.
African Budget Safaris also offers several Lake Malawi sailing or boat safaris to chose from, including a live aboard yacht safari, boat cruises and a luxury Catamaran trip. A sailing safari is an unforgettable way of exploring Lake Malawi as you sail its warm waters stopping off at various bays and islands, such as Chisimulu Island and Likomo Island. The various sailing safaris go to different parts of Lake Malawi so you can choose to travel the full length of the western side of the lake, visit southern Lake Malawi or head to the remote Eastern shores.
On Lake Malawi safaris your days are typically spent relaxing on the sandy beaches along the lakeshore, swimming in the warm waters or participating in the variety of water sports on offer. You get to enjoy fresh fish caught by the local fisherman using traditional fishing techniques and you can try paddle a dug out canoe if you’re up the challenge. On dry land you can learn to play the local game of bao or hunt for bargains at the local markets, as well as going horse riding or visiting a local school and village.
African Budget Safaris combine Zambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia with a visit to Malawi, in various itineraries encompassing the best beach and wildlife highlights in southern Africa. Highlights include Victoria Falls, Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Luangwa Park in Zambia, Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, South Africa’s Kruger Park and Chobe in Botswana, to name a few.
Find out more with our Malawi budget travel guide page.