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Malawi

  • Dear Bill, the Nyika Plateau was really something else at an elevation of 7,500 – 8,000 feet up. It seemed just like many areas of Scotland that we have been to, bold rolling hills with deep valleys where the tree grow and the water runs. The only difference is that instead of deer we had roan, zebra, reedbuck, and bushbuck. The area is vast and the game seems sparse, but the vistas were always stunning and so there was plenty to look at. We had two leopard sightings during the day and a few nice sighting at night, including probably the best sighting ever of a honey badger and also a serval cat. Both leopards were in broad daylight. The satt at the lodge were first class, friendly and competent! Thank you for all your help.

    John and Renate from London travelled to Nyika National Park, Malawi
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Malawi

Introduction

Introduction to the friendly land of Malawi

Malawi is a land-locked country dominated by Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. The lake is a huge attraction, being both culturally interesting as well as a fantastic beach destination. The crystal clear waters are home to a vast number of cichlid fish, and the lake offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing opportunities. Whilst there are a number of good spots and beach properties along the length of the western and southern lakeshore, Cape Maclear in the south is arguably the best known and most developed. It is here that some of the best kayaking and sailing takes place from some of the better lakeside lodges. Further north, Likoma Island offers a more remote experience.

Malawi is not especially known for its big game safaris, but Liwonde National Park on the Shire River is particularly good for bird-watching and has good concentrations of big game, especially elephants. Other regions such as Vwaza and the Nyika Plateau are well established and strongholds for particular species of interest, such as roan antelope, whilst lesser known regions such as Nkhotakota and Majete are beginning to develop into reasonable game-viewing destinations. In the south of the country, the Zomba Plateau and the highlands around Mount Mulanje are extremely scenic and pleasant regions to tour by road, with opportunities to explore on foot.

Malawi combines very well with a big game safari in Zambia, especially the South Luangwa National Park which is just 45 minutes flying from the capital, Lilongwe. The other key access routes are from South Africa and Kenya. Internal travel around Malawi is mostly by road or by light aircraft transfer.

For further information on Malawi safari holidays please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our friendly safari specialists.