Malawi Holidays

Famed and loved for its lake – the ninth largest in the world, and dubbed the lake of stars by David Livingstone.

Lake Malawi sits at the southern end of the Rift Valley and provides a fantastic playground for all  with its superb beaches and great fishing. Also home to some 500 varieties of the tropical cichlid fish, at night everyone can see what Livingstone meant as the lake lights up with the reflection of millions of stars, and in December another spectacle is on view as its shores become home to a myriad of different species of orchid. The country also offers magnificent scenery – forests,  mountains, vast plains – as well as well as a number of archaeological and anthropological sites where fossils, Iron Age workings and rock paintings can be seen. There is also great game-viewing to be enjoyed in the Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

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  • Take a catamaran across Lake Malawi
  • Sample the tea estates
  • Visit St Peter’s Cathedral on Likoma Island
  • Dive amongst the tropical fish
  • Spot elephant in the Liwonde
  • National Park


  • Green season – December to May (turns mild at the end)
  • Cool dry season – June to August
  • Hot dry season – September to October
  • November – It could swing either way as it transitions from the dry to green season.


  • Hyena, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Zebra, Birds, Many tropical fish are endemic to Malawi

Fast facts

  • Capital – Lilongwe
  • Currency – Malawi Kwacha
  • Point of Entry – Lilongwe, Blantyre
  • Airlines – South African Airways via Johannesburg, Kenya Airways via Nairobi
  • Flying Time – 2 hours 20 minutes from Johannesburg or Nairobi
  • Time Zone – GMT +2
  • A 75 USD entry fee will be effective from 01 July 2015 for UK and other Schengen country members for entry to Malawi
  • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis recommended 

Insider tips

  • Pack little gifts such as pens & notepads – the local schools will be highly appreciative
  • Consider adding a Zambian safari to a Malawian beach stay – the two are only a short flight apart
  • Forget taking the Lake Malawi ferry – the schedule is often ‘flexible’ and the cabins very basic
  • Do consider a self-drive holiday – a number of the roads have recently been upgraded and it is difficult to get lost.
  • Book early as international flights into Lilongwe and Blantyre are limited

When to go

  • The Lake of Stars Music Festival is normally held in September or October
  • The national parks are often not accessible in January & February
  • The best beach weather is from May to October
Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa

When thinking of a location for a beach break most people would not think of a land-locked country but there a number of resorts on the shores of Lake Malawi where you can relax on the beach and enjoy watersports and fresh water diving and snorkelling.  On the south-western tip of Likoma Island you will find Kaya Mawa where you can relax in th...
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A new luxury lodge which has an idyllic setting at the confluence of two rivers epitomizes splendid isolation with first-class service.The Majete Wildlife Reserve, almost unknown to tourists, is home to the elusive black rhino along with elephant, buffalo, leopard and a myriad of antelope. Accommodation is in eight spacious chalets, each with its o...
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Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

This is hippo central on the banks of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier wildlife reserve. In fact Mvuu means hippo, and this is indeed the place to see and enjoy all aspects of these great rumbling creatures.Along with hippos there are plentiful sightings of crocodile, elephant and leopard as well as hundreds of speci...
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Pumulani Lodge

Pumulani Lodge

The most surprising and luxurious beach lodge in Malawi.Hidden away amongst trees and creeping out from the rocks, the lodge is a design dream with every villa having glorious views across the lake. Each of the ten villas is uniquely designed, with some incorporating the rocks that rush from the ground, and others incorporating the foliage growing ...
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The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola Retreat

This is Malawi’s premier resort – a lakeside paradise on a palm-fringed beach on the southern shores of the lake. It is the place to retreat to after days in the bush, to refresh and relax on the water’s edge.Each of its rooms and villas are based on the traditional African rondavel, with thatched roofs and local materials and fab...
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Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Tongole Wilderness Lodge

In Central Malawi lies the 1800 sq kilometre Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and nestled in the forest here on the banks of the Bua River is Tongole Wilderness Lodge.  It enjoys an idyllic setting and provides the perfect opportunity to explore nature at a more leisurely pace.Rather than racing around on a game vehicle ticking off animals here you...
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Malawi Bush and Beach

Malawi Bush and Beach

Days: 11 | From: £3,795 per person based on two sharing
You want to relax beach side but also want to thrive in the African bush experience? Then Malawi is the perfect spot for you. This ‘off-the-beaten-track’ itinerary will combine the hearty Malawi bush as well as the lapping up the shores. And all mixed in with luxurious acc...
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Highlights of Malawi

Highlights of Malawi

Days: 14 | From: £3,995 per person based on two sharing
Covering the major highlights of Malawi – from the picturesque Zomba Plateau and Liwonde National Park’s wildlife, to the golden beaches of Lake Malawi – this trip offers the traveller the opportunity to really immerse themselves in this fascinating destination.
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A Journey Through Zambia and Malawi

A Journey Through Zambia and Malawi

Days: 15 | From: £6,695 per person based on sharing
This wonderful itinerary combines two of Zambia’s most iconic regions, the stunning Victoria Falls and game rich South Luangwa National Park as well as some time to relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi. With unashamedly luxurious accommodation used throughout, you will be incredibly we...
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