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THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA


Malawi is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia to the north-west, Tanzania to the north-east and Mozambique to the south, south-west and south-east. It is a country of striking scenery and great beauty with rolling plateaus, towering mountains, rugged escarpments, valleys and thick forests combining with beautiful lakes with wonderful sandy beaches. It is also a country of warm and friendly people, a treasure-trove of tropical plants and a variety of birds and animals.
 
Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, is the dominant feature of the country, and is about 365 miles long and 52 miles wide (11,500 square miles) and forms the eastern boundary with Tanzania and Mozambique. The lake is one of the world’s living treasures, an underwater paradise containing more species of fish than any other in the world! A number of lovely resorts and lodges are dotted around the lake, providing excellent bases from which to enjoy watersports, snorkelling and scuba diving and to relax and the perfect spot to enjoy the warm and temperate climate.
 
The capital is Lilongwe, a modern, spacious city and the gateway for most travel into the country. A number of National Parks protect and preserve the country’s diverse natural splendours including Nyika National Park, Kasungu National Park, Liwonde National Park and Lake Malawi National Park. The parks offer the visitor a variety of eco-systems, scenic diversity and a good variety of wildlife and birdlife.
 
By African standards Malawi is a small country, but nevertheless it does offer the visitor an amazing kaleidoscope of opportunities and extremely friendly and courteous people who have resulted in Malawi being fittingly known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”.
 
Malawi is easily combined with other destinations and in particular Zambia. It is a great destination for families seeking a good safari and beach destination and honeymooners will find wonderful romantic resorts around the lake.

    • Flight Time:Approx. 12-13 hours via Johannesburg
        • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
           
            • Language: Chichewa, Tumbuka & English
               
                • Currency: Malawi Kwacha
                   
                    • Area: 45,560 square miles
                       
                        • Population: Approx. 16.8 million
                           
                            • Capital: Lilongwe

The climate varies from cool in the highlands to warm around Lake Malawi. Winter is from May to July and is dry, although nights can be chilly, particularly in the highlands. Around Lake Malawi, in winter, the climate is particularly dry with pleasant cooling breezes. The rainy season runs from November to March.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Malawi can be visited year round and the best time will depend on whether you are going for a beach stay or a safari or a combination of both. In summary, April to August is the beginning of the dry season with a great climate and it is a great time for staying on Lake Malawi but it can get very cold up in the highlands; September to November is the best period for wildlife viewing with parks like Liwonde and Majete offering excellent photographic opportunities but temperatures do rise and it can get very hot during the day; The rainy season runs from November to March and the weather is characterised by short sharp showers, which often fall during the night around the Lake.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling to Malawi via South Africa. Visas are not required for British passport holders. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Malawi.


OUR TOP PICKS

 

PUMULANI LODGE – MALAWI

This luxury exclusive beach lodge is located on the stunning shores of the Nankumba Peninsula on Lake Malawi, what romantics call "the lake of the stars". Savour fine dining, relax on a deck drenched in moonlight and enjoy the high standards and friendly service.
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KAYA MAWA – MALAWI

Consistently voted as one of the top ten romantic getaways, Kaya Mawa is Malawi’s very own castaway on the secluded Likoma Island enclave in Lake Malawi (Nyasa). Surrounded by Mozambican territorial waters, this is the true definition of rustic and, like the people here say, “turn your watch forward an hour & back 100 years”.
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MKULUMADZI – MALAWI

In the south of Malawi, surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession within Majete, Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers shaded by giant lead-wood trees. It is the perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities.
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WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

BLANTYRE & LILONGWE

Blantyre is Malawi’s oldest and largest city set in the Shire Highlands in the south of the country. Lilongwe is the second largest city and capital, located in the central region of Malawi and lying on the Lilongwe River.
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LAKE MALAWI

Lake Malawi, is stunning body of crystal clear waters, 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches. It is a World Heritage site and one of the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish.
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NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES

Malawi is a naturalists paradise, with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and no less than nine National Parks or Wildlife Reserves. Malawi provides intensive and exclusive wildlife viewing in unspoilt areas of genuine wilderness.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

LAKE OF STARS AND SAFARI

Luxury 5 star get away to one of the the most amazing lakes, with plenty of activity to keep you active on land and in the water. You will be staying in a spectacular accommodation with unrivalled privacy for the ultimate get away.
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LAKE MALAWI HIDEAWAYS

Luxury 5 star get away to one of the the most amazing lakes, with plenty of activity to keep you active on land and in the water. This itinerary is perfect for an couples or family's looking to explore some of Malawi's most amazing sightings.
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RIVERS & LAKE SAFARI

Luxury 5 star get away to Zambia and Malawi is perfect for honeymooners looking for relaxation with a touch of adventure. Staying in luxury accommodation with plenty of things to keep you busy yet so many facilities to help you relax.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Malawi. Call us on 01778 382764.