Likoma Island is the most peaceful and beautiful area, and you can explore by bike, boat or foot. Plus, there's lots of local culture to discover. Fancy a Sunday church service in the island’s impressive cathedral?
Eleanor, Original Traveller
The country's main feature is Lake Malawi - an inland sea 350 miles long that occupies a fifth of the country's total area. Fringed with sandy beaches and fishing villages, the lake is popular for watersports and has some of the best freshwater diving sites in the world.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Exploring Lake Malawi's long sweeping beaches and crystal clear fresh waters is spectacular - and a great location for learning to snorkel with the little ones, too
- Liwonde National Park is one of the best areas for keen birders to visit in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more and more parks are opening up
- You'll feel extremely welcome - Malawians are amongst the friendliest and most relaxed people
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More on Travelling to Malawi: the Detail
Malawi has long been an Original Travel favourite, so while Lake Malawi is the obvious focal point for tourism, we can recommend much more to see besides. There are scenic highlands such as the Nyika Plateau in the north and the Mt Mulanje region in the south - both of which offer excellent trekking.
One of the best parks for game viewing is Liwonde, most of which comprises the wide flood plain of the Shire River that flows out of the lake. The Vwaza Marshes also provide good game-viewing and budding botanists should enjoy the 200-plus species of orchid that grow here. Finally, for a most unusual and enjoyable holiday try a riding safari up on the montane grasslands of Nyika among the resident wildlife.
Each of Malawi's regions, and the country as a whole, can offer itineraries at upmarket and mid-market levels. Malawi holidays can be relaxed, or packed with a variety of activities. There are also plenty of specialist niche activities and tours which can be catered for, including: cycling; diving; eco-tourism; trekking; birdwatching; weddings & honeymoons; and many more.
Nowadays it's also fairly straightforward to combine sections of Malawi with neighbouring Zambia, particularly as Lilongwe is so close to the South Luangwa National Park, making Malawi the perfect 'beach add-on' to a Zambia safari. Malawi and Tanzania or Mozambique can also be combined in a wider itinerary using air charters."
Did you know
- The chambo fish is one of Malawi's delicacies and is endangered
- The country is known for its friendly and welcoming people
- The Mount Mulaje is known as the 'island in the sky' because of its spectacular views of the country