Bush & beach
Beach extension to Zambia safari
Malawi has been nicknamed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ and truly has some of the friendliest people. Although generally not considered by first time African travellers, Malawi should not be overlooked. The relaxed and charming lodges on the shores of Lake Malawi offer the perfect beach extension to a safari (in Malawi, Zambia or further afield) while the National Parks, Game reserves, tea plantations and stunning scenery will appeal to the more adventurous.
Despite being relatively small, only measuring about half the size of The United Kingdom, it has such a diversity of topography that it offers varied itineraries. Whether it is trekking through the mountainous regions, game viewing, or swimming in the crystal clear water of Lake Malawi, it will not disappoint
Recognised as Africa’s most beautiful Lake , it is 365 miles long by 52 miles wide, – also known as Calendar Lake! The crystal clear water makes for wonderful snorkelling where you will glimpse shoals of brightly coloured fish. Kayaking or sailing gives you the chance to explore the sandy, palm fringed beaches of the shores and the islands that are sprinkled throughout the lake. Most lodges offer an array of water sports including diving, water skiing and paddle boarding, to mention a few.
There are family friendly hotels and romantic hideaways that are perfect for honeymooners on the Malawi and Mozambican shores. We recommend Kaya Mawa, a little piece of beach bliss on the shores of the lake. After a safari, it offers laid back intimacy, each chalet has its unique views and charms. The staff are incredibly friendly and the lodge is superbly managed and the food is fabulous- not to mention the cucumber and black peppercorn G&T’s!
Majete Wildlife Reserve & Liwonde National Park
Once an abundant wildlife refuge by the late 1990’s most species of large game, including elephant, had been eradicated. In 2003, African Parks Majete (APM) a non-profit organisation, in partnership with the Malawian government and local communities, took total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of the reserve. Mass translocation of wildlife began in 2003 and by March 2012, over 2500 animals from thirteen different species had been reintroduced including elephant, black rhino, leopard, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and eland. It is now teeming with wildlife but one of the joys of the area is the lack of other tourists!
Liwonde National Park is small but offers superb game viewing – the elephants and birdlife are exceptional and lion are sometimes seen. It is centred on the Shire River which flows out of Lake Malawi and eventually joins the Zambezi in Mozambique, allowing guests to enjoy boat trips as well as the more typical game drives and walks.
Northern Malawi is characterised by some of the most dramatic scenery in Southern Africa – most magnificent of all is the Nyika Plateau, towering to no less than 8000ft (2500m). This beautiful rolling scenery is littered with wildflowers and orchids while the montane vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to the regal eland. Elephant, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard are also regularly seen.