Malawi is the warm heart of Africa. The country is populated by very friendly people, who live in small authentic villages that you can wander through at your leisure. You can benefit from carefree travel through Malawi and enjoy the spectacular views, stunning countryside and abundant diving opportunities in Lake Malawi. There is quite a substantial amount of game in Malawi, but in order to view the real big game we advise you to combine a visit here with a visit to Zambia.
As you come into land, you will already be able to view the many small farming houses that are dotted among the beautiful landscapes. Malawi - the warm heart of Africa - is well known for its friendly inhabitants, stunning nature and small authentic villages, through which you can wander completely at your leisure. Admittedly, the roads in Malawi are not optimal, but you will get a long way - both literally and figuratively- in a chauffeur-driven vehicle.
It's remarkable how Malawi successfully holds its own against destinations such as Kenya and Botswana. There are two explanations for this: the first is Malawi's vast many-sidedness - where else can you join a game drive, fish for trout, ride horses over a plateau that leaves you speechless on one day; and go kayaking or diving in tropical waters the next? The second explanation - which is arguably even more significant - relates to the name by which Malawi is otherwise known: the warm heart of Africa. Malawi truly is an unbelievably hospitable location.
Malawi's appeal is a result of the friendly inhabitants and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. During your travels you will be able to form a good impression of the daily life of the local people, most of who grow their own vegetables. Women exchange the latest village gossip around the water pump and return home with full metal buckets of water balanced on their heads, and roadside stallholders only pack up and go home after they have sold all of their tomatoes, sugar beet and yams.
After you have arrived in the capital of Lilongwe, go and explore the Old Town with its attractive zigzag of streets and delightful craft market. Mua Mission, Chongoni and Nkhotakota game reserves are all located nearby and easily accessible in a 4x4. Nkhotakota Game Reserve is the most expansive and least renowned of Malawi's national parks. Here you will walk through long grasses to the low valley, only to be pleasantly surprised by a breathtakingly beautiful river that meanders through the rocks and forms a stunning mini waterfall. On the road to Mua Mission you will drive past Dedza Mountain, which reaches 2200 metres into the sky and is covered with pines.
The north of Malawi is also a great place to explore in a 4x4: from Viphya Plateau to Nyika National Park for example, through the Vwasa Marsh Game Reserve. The picturesque Viphya Plateau provides an extremely varied landscape, which encompasses Luwawa Forest, the high Viphya Mountains, gushing waterfalls, winding forest paths and long-distance walkways. Malawi's largest and oldest national park, Nyika National Park, is a rolling, cool expanse of lush greenery that reminds many visitors of Scotland - until they spot the roan antelope, eland, zebra and water buck. You may also get to see large concentrations of elephants during guided walking safaris through the Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve.
In the south of Malawi you can visit Liwonde National Park and Zomba Plateau, and climb the Sapitwa Peak at Mount Mulanje. If you feel the need to cool off, the Zomba Plateau is a super destination: the plateau is almost 2000 meters above sea level and there are lovely walking areas, where you will be greeted by many birds, endemic woods, gorges, streams, lakes and waterfalls. Liwonde National Park is arguably the most beautiful park in Malawi, boasting the Big Five and other game, in addition to hundreds of birds. You can also brave the elements at Mount Mulanje and climb Sapitwa Peak (3000 metres).
The clear, tropical warm waters and beautiful fish make Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Niassa) a much favoured location for not only divers, but also snorkellers, kayakers and sailors. If you travel over land to Lake Malawi you can stay overnight at a place where time seems to have stood still: Chintheche. Chintheche is located slightly to the south of Nkatha Bay. Cape Maclear, which is the northern most location on the peninsula, has no less than twenty different diving sites. There are two islands to the east of Lake Malawi, the largest of which - Likoma Island - is approx. 17 square kilometres and a true paradise for divers. Here you can swim among tropical fish that you would only otherwise see in an aquarium.