Malawi Safari Tours & Holidays

Malawi, a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

Described as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, this relatively little-known gem of this diverse continent has so much to offer; wildlife, culture, adventure, scenery, and of course the third largest lake in Africa. A year-round destination, some even go as far as to describe Malawi as the most attractive country in sub-Saharan Africa!

This may seem to be an extravagant claim for such a relatively small country but the truth lies in the unique combination of attractions that Malawi has to offer. Where else will you find such a genuinely warm welcome in a country at peace with itself? Where else can you experience such a diverse scenic kaleidoscope in such a small area? Here you have central Africa’s highest mountain, vast high plateaux with seemingly limitless views, forests and unspoiled game parks and, the jewel in the crown, Africa’s third-largest and most beautiful lake – truly an inland sea.

How to get to Malawi

Malawi’s main airport is Lilongwe International Airport (LLW), located 26km/16mi from the capital, Lilongwe. Some international flights arrive at Chileka International Airport(BLZ), 16km/10mi from Blantyre.

All international flights have the option to land in either the capital Lilongwe (5-7 times per week) or Blantyre (2-3 days per week). Regional links between Malawi and Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are provided by Malawi Airlines and some of the national airlines of those countries.

Daily flights are operated by South African Airways and British Airways, leaving London in the evening, and arriving in Jo’Burg the following morning. Other airlines operating in Malawi are Kenya Airways via Nairobi and Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa.

Passport, Visa, and Entry requirements for Malawi

Those who do need to obtain a visa need to apply for one from The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi or online at www.immigrations.gov.mw.

Those obtaining visas on arrival are advised to bring application forms along with valid passports (for not less than 6 months), two passport size photos, a detailed covering letter, air ticket or proof of mode of transport, and confirmed hotel booking or invitation letter from the host.

Visa applications are processed in 2-5 working days.

The health sector of Malawi

Health services in Malawi are provided by public, private for-profit (PFP), and private not-for-profit (PNFP) sectors. … Health services in the public sector are free of charge at the point of use. The PFP sector consists of private hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and pharmacies.

For emergency evacuations from Malawi can be done by air or by road and travelers must purchase travel and medical insurance before traveling to Malawi as local health care may become very expensive if you’re not on insurance cover for more information contact our Malawi experts for more details before traveling.

Malaria and Yellow fever vaccination for Malawi

There are no required vaccinations for Malawi for entry – unless you are coming from a Yellow Fever country. However, it is strongly recommended that you be covered against a number of different diseases before your trip and this all needs to be talked through well before leaving home.

There is no vaccination for Malaria; you will need to take Antimalarial tablets as it is a high-risk area. We recommend you have a consultation with our expert Travel Nurses to talk through your Antimalarial medication options.

Currency of Malawi

The Kwacha is the official currency in Malawi since 1970. The Kwacha was adopted based on the Zambian Kwacha, which was used in Zambia since 1968. But foreign currency like US dollars, Euros can be used in tourism areas or can be changed to Malawian local currency in the forex bureau in Lilongwe, and also credit cards can be used in many tourist destinations however clients must bring new notes with them and try to get the latest and changed cash for use in Malawi like in souvenir shops may be easy if you have changed money.

Official Language of Malawi

Malawi is a multilingual country. Although English is the official language, the 2008 Census reports that only 26 percent of the population above the age of 14 is able to speak English. Other major languages spoken in Malawi include Chewa, Yao, Tonga, Sena, and Elomwe.

Best time to travel to Malawi

Malawi has a hot summer rainfall season from November to April so the best time to visit is during the drier winter months – early May to late October. Winter gets chilly high up on the northern Nyika Plateau but down on the shore of Lake Malawi you can expect warm, sunny, and dry days – great beach weather!

What to wear in Malawi

Malawi is a relaxed country with regard to dress codes, although, as in most places, women may wish to dress a little conservatively to avoid unwanted male attention. That said; do pack your bikini for the beach, and T-shirts and shorts are practical for most of the year.

What to bring while traveling to Malawi

There are a number of essentials to pack when visiting Malawi. Among the list of essential items to pack before your Malawi safari is a high-strength sun protectant, a hat, anti-histamine cream and tablets, and insect repellent. Game viewing in Malawi is an enchanting experience and to make the most of your adventure, makes sure that you pack the following items:

  • A torch
  • Binoculars
  • Bush-colored safari outfits, casual evening wear, a warm jacket, a medium weight knitted sweater
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimwear

Car hire and driving in Malawi

Malawi is probably one of the best countries to head out onto the road and self-explore. You can choose to go all out with a fully kitted camping 4×4 vehicle and take the roads less known, cruise from the lodge to lodge in a saloon vehicle, or a combination of the two. Our Malawi holidays can be tailored to suit you and if you enjoy the independence of a self-drive trip, over guided transfers that are easily arranged.

Accommodation in Malawi

Accommodation in Malawi ranges from beachside resorts to private island getaways – enough to suit all tastes, budgets, and trip types. Whether you’re looking for a luxury honeymoon on your own island or an activity-based holiday on the lake shores, our selection of Lake Malawi accommodation is sure to inspire you and will make planning your Malawi holiday so much simpler.

Local food of Malawi

Nsima is the staple carbohydrate dish of Malawi.  It is a thick starchy porridge made from corn, cassava, or other starchy flour. There are actually two types of corn flours in Malawi:

  • Ufa woyera – maize flour which has had the outer kernel shell and seed germ pounded off, leaving just the starchy part of the seed)
  • Ufa wa m’gaiwa – the whole corn kernel.

The Nsima porridge is formed into hamburger-size patties by scooping the porridge with a wet wooden spoon and flipping it onto a plate.  The patty congeals in contact with the cool wet spoon and plate.  Marble size pieces are broken off and rolled into a ball in the palm of the hand with the fingers.  A final dimple is pressed into one side of it.  It is then dipped in the sauce of vegetables or meat.

Tipping while Travelling in Malawi

As is common around the world, tipping in Malawi is completely voluntary and dependant on the quality of the service you have received. At Wilderness explorers Africa, we believe that good service should be rewarded, but you should also be mindful of the potential impact that tipping may have on the local community many people working in the hospitality industry largely boost their income with Tips which they use to support their families, pay school fees and acquire medical care.

Further information for Malawi

Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone (I presume) was appalled by the slave trade he saw as he sailed up Lake Malawi. Livingstone’s vivid descriptions inspired like-minded abolitionists to fight as well. Years after Livingstone’s death, the slave trade finally came to an end.

Safety of Malawi

Most visits to Malawi are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag snatchers. Most thefts from visitors take place around the main bus stations in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Avoid walking around quiet areas, especially after dark.

NATIONAL PARKS

Lake Malawi National Park
Kasungu National Park
Lengwe National Park
Liwonde National Park
Nyika National Park
Chimwenya National park Malawi
Majete wildlife reserve
Vwaza Marsh wildlife reserve
Nkhotakhota wildlife reserve
Mwabvi wildlife reserve

FAUNA & FLORA

Wildlife
Birds
Vegetation

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OTHER TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

Trekking in Mount Mulanje in Malawi
Nyika plateau Malawi
Chongoni Rock art Area Malawi
Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga
Dedza Town Malawi.
Dzalanyama forest base and Lodge Malawi.
Elephant marsh Malawi.
Ferry services in Malawi.
Fish farming and conservation in Malawi.
Karonga Malawi
King’s African Rifles Monument
Kumbali Cultural Village
Kuti Wildlife Reserve Malawi.
Lake Chilwa
Lake Malawi
Likoma Island
Lilongwe Wildlife Center
Livingstonia Mission
Lizulu Market
Lower Shire Valley
National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi
Nkhata Bay
Nkhoma Mountain
The Society of Malawi Library
Viphya Plateau
Chintheche Beach holidays Malawi
The Leper Tree
Thyolo Tea Estates
Zomba Plateau

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