Visit Malawi – with its red soils, banana plantations and the freshwater lake that covers much of its area – for a safari that’s quite different to southern Africa.
Lake Malawi, with its islands (such as the delightful Mumbo) of smooth boulders and unique cichlid fish, demands to be explored, while the rest of the country is full of surprises. From lakeshore fishing villages to high plateaus and enigmatic mountains, Malawi punches above its weight when it comes to scenery, while its people provide the warmest of welcomes.
Liwonde is a wonderful conservation work in progress with a brilliant future, while the mysterious Mount Mulanje will appeal to travellers who want to go somewhere that few others have been.
Kasungu is known for its populations of hippo, elephant and rare sable and roan antelope, while the uplands of the Nyika Plateau are unlike anywhere else in southern Africa, and quite different to the rest of Malawi.
Above all, it’s the eponymous lake that is Malawi’s greatest drawcard – the ideal place to relax before, during or after an African safari or simply to visit in its own right, as a place that perfectly fuses culture, natural beauty and a delightfully slower pace of life.