Malawi is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa, famous for its welcoming hospitality. Geographically, there is a varied range of terrain throughout the country and it is home to Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world, where the turquoise waters and rocky shores look and feel like paradise. There are towering mountains that rise up along the horizon, and areas of vast plateaus, making this country one of the hidden gems of Africa.
The national parks and lush green land in Malawi are some of the most visited places in the country, particularly Majete Wildlife Reserve. It has seen a huge resurgence the past few decades, and increased tourism has brought funds for local communities and wildlife protection. As the reserve has gained popularity, more animals have been introduced such as lions, which were reintroduced in August 2012. Profits from tourism has gone towards malaria research and prevention, as well as supporting beekeeping projects. Majete Wildlife Reserve boasts stunning vistas and animals, and your visit could do wonders for local communities and wildlife.
This park is home to an abundance of wildlife including black rhinoceros, hippos, elephants, impala and monkeys, to name just a few. Run by nonprofits, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife, as well as breathtaking landscapes of lush forests and lakes. Just south of Lake Malawi, this park is particularly special because of its African Bat Conservation, started in 2003, which is doing wonders for the native bat population.
Out of all the lodges in Malawi, the luxurious Mkulumadzi Lodge offers great value for money. It is tucked away in a secluded location, where you will arrive via a footbridge to one of the eight chalets. There are indoor and outdoor eating areas to feast on freshly cooked cuisine, next to the open camp fire and under the night sky. On site, there is a swimming pool, bar, lounge and terrace right next to the Shire River. While staying here, you can go on river cruises and walking safaris, or simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding forest. Each chalet has a sloping vegetated roof planted with indigenous species, which shows how this lodge works with the nature and the wildlife in the area. Whether you are listening to the hippos wallowing in the river, or to the exotic birdsong in the canopy of the forest, at Mkulumadzi Lodge you will be immersed in nature.
At Kuthengo Camp, you will wake up in your own modern safari tent to the beautiful views of Liwonde National Park. The tents are nestled by the side of the Shire River amongst the fever trees. Each is ensuite and equipped with air conditioning, to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable. Kuthengo means ‘wildlife’ in the local language, and you can expect to see plenty on your doorstep, or on guided safaris and river cruises to explore the local area. There are four tents at this camp with a maximum of 10 guests, making this an exclusive and peaceful accommodation. Each tent has its own private deck that looks out towards the river and the plain, where you can relax and watch the beautiful African sunset.
One of the most exceptional places in Malawi is Likoma Island, which can be found on Lake Malawi. This is the larger of the two inhabited islands found on the lake, and is its own island oasis, surrounded by shallow blue waters. The natural environment here has been well preserved, and you can find rocky slopes and sandy bays perfect for snorkeling and diving. With few cars, this island is a peaceful escape from mainland life, where you can relax and unwind. It is also home to St Peter’s Cathedral, one of the largest churches in Africa. This majestic structure and its gardens have a tranquil atmosphere, and are definitely worth a visit when stopping on the island.
Malawi is an exceptionally beautiful country filled with wildlife, expansive plains, paradise islands and plenty of exciting ways to explore the country. Whether you want to embark on a safari, or paddle around the bays on the lake, there are plenty of luxurious accommodation options available with Africa Travel.
If Malawi sounds like the destination you dream of visiting, get in touch with us by calling 020 7843 3500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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