Luxury Holidays at Lake Malawi

East of Lilongwe, and stretching predominantly northwards from the capital, Lake Malawi is vast, and spills over the borders into Mozambique and Tanzania, where it is known as Lake Nyassa. Long the haunt of chilled-out backpackers, the lake is increasingly known for its boutique eco-properties and, consequently, the well-heeled type of traveller. Clear blue water, knock-out sunsets and pristine sand shores are reminiscent of Indian Ocean beaches, with the atmosphere refreshingly low-key and relaxed.

Malawi's famous lake boasts more species of fish than any other body of freshwater in the world. More than 600 have been discovered so far, and many of these are the small, brilliantly coloured cichlids favoured by aquariums worldwide, which, combined with the lack of currents, makes for great snorkelling and diving.

Other activities that Original Travel can arrange for adults and children include mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, guided walks and bird-watching.

Away from the popular budget accommodation area of the Southern Lake Shore, we particularly recommend Likoma Island. Come here to relax, switch off, and to enjoy the natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere of this remote island and its excellent eco-hotel Kaya Mawa, see right.

Read more
Show less

Discover More

What to do

When to go

Where to stay


When to go

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi
Best time
Low season
Off season

Map of Lake Malawi

Places to go (0)
Itinerary Start (0)
Activities (0)
Hotels (0)

A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

Itinerary Suggestions

Bush and Beach in Zambia and Malawi

13 Days

From £7,200pp