Malawi boasts a diversity of scenery, wildlife and activities to rival those of her better known neighbours. There is no country in all of Africa that has its geography so sculptured and determined by Africa’s Great Rift Valley with towering mountains, lush, fertile valley floors and an enormous crystal-clear lake.

This long and narrow landlocked country covers more than 1,000 kms from north to south, whilst Lake Malawi, nearly 600km long and up to 80km wide, dominates the countryside. Famed for an abundance and diversity of fish Lake Malawi holds a greater array of freshwater fish species than any other lake on Earth. The warm salt-free water, beautiful beaches and magnificent surroundings make it a magnet for those seeking an all year round location to scuba dive, snorkel, water-ski, sail, kayak, or swim.  And whilst the lake may be the jewel in the crown, Malawi's National Parks are home to large herds of elephant, hippo, big cats and plenty of plains game. Combine the two you have an ideal 'Bush & Beach' safari.   With a relaxed pace of life, friendly locals, idyllic landscapes and exquisite lakeshore beaches it is a great place to relax at the start or end of your safari, or to explore as a destination in its own right.

Why we like it

  • Exceptional diving and snorkelling
  • Colourful fish in crystal clear waters
  • A bird watchers paradise
  • Peaceful wildlife reserves
  • The 'Warm Heart of Africa'
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Top Pick - Malawi

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