Are you looking for an unforgettable African safari holiday in Malawi?
Malawi is a country that is often overlooked by tourists in favour of its more famous neighbours, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and even Mozambique.
Malawi offers tourists a very different experience to East Africa, with its vast Lake Malawi taking centre stage. With plenty of lake and water activities on offer, including kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and sailing, Malawi makes for an idyllic beach holiday destination even though it is nowhere near an ocean of any kind.
This small country's huge variety of ecosystems produces stunning safari destinations, from the "Scottish" highlands of the Nyika plateau to the tropical water-bound Liwonde National Park in the south of the country. For avid wildlife and birdlife explorers, Malawi will not disappoint. Although national parks and games reserves are small in size, the numbers of wildlife, especially birdlife, are spectacular.
Malawi's marketing or "tag line" is the "Warm heart of Africa." For once, this is not hyperbole. You could not wish for a more friendly, safe and relaxed African safari destination.
Travelling within Malawi is a favourite amongst the Uyaphi team, and any of the below safari itinerary options is recommended for novices or experienced African travellers.
Safaris In Malawi
Northern Malawi Sailing SafariCharter the 10 berth "Mufasa" catamaran for 8 days of exploring the Northern regions of Lake Malawi, relax on board, go fishing, go scuba diving or snorkelling, go on a nature walk on the banks of the lake. The best boating safari around.
Luangwa and Malawi Sailing SafariOne of the most exciting ways to experience the wonders of Africa's premier wildlife reserve (that being the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia) as well as this vast fresh water inland sea of Lake Malawi.
Malawi Southern Sailing SafariThe 38 foot Maxim catamaran, 10 berth "Mufasa" is the only live aboard catamaran on Lake Malawi, spend your day's scuba diving, snorkelling, waterskiing, sailing on Hobie-Cats, mountain biking, nature walks, swimming, or just relaxing.
Central Sailing Safari5 nights aboard a 38 foot Maxim catamaran along the central region of Lake Malawi's coastline, offering up good fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as fantastic natures walks, birding and photographic opportunities.
Luangwa and Lake Malawi SafariThe ultimate game viewing and beach getaway safari that combines the best of Zambia (Luangwa) and Malawi, perfectly luxurious bush and beach safari holiday without vast travelling distances. A must for those seeking a safari and relaxing holiday.
Waters Edge Lofty Hills7-night sailing safari on the worlds 3rd largest fresh water lake with over 800 fish species, as well as 7 night Horseback Safari on the Nyika Plateau that offers a wide variety of wildlife and majestic scenery.
Malawi Lake Of Stars SafariExplore the shorelines, harbours and exotic islands of Lake Malawi from the comfort and luxury of our 10 berths, live-aboard catamaran yacht "Mufasa". Professional crew, excellent cuisine and breathtaking scenery make this an unforgettable fresh water sailing experience.
Southern Malawi and Luangwa SafariA safari takes in the southern and central regions of Malawi and all her attractions as well as the World famous South Luangwa in Zambia, this safari is designed for the more active traveller, as hiking and walking safaris are included.
Malawi Big Five SafariA 13 day Malawi safari that takes in only the very best of what Malawi has to offer, from the wildlife and birdlife of Liwonde National Park to the fresh water of Lake Malawi. Your nights are spent on board the luxurious "Mufasa" catamaran and Mvuu lodge.
Livingstone Sailing SafariDiscover the worlds 3rd largest fresh water lake and home to over 800 fish species whilst spending your time on the 38-foot catamaran "Mufasa". "Mufasa" sleeps 10 people comfortably whilst offer snorkelling, waterskiing, and swimming
Lake Malawi Sailing SafariThis fantastic 11-day sailing/ catamaran safari heads North along Lake Malawi's coastline takes in Makuzi beach lodge, Nkhata Bay, Deep Bay, Manda Bay and Likoma Island. Explore, photograph and just plain relaxing and unwind in one of Africa's unique destinations.
Malawi Bush and Beach Safari5 days in the Luangwa Valley which has 9050 sq km of pristine woodland and riverine vegetation plays host to over 40 mammal and 600 bird species, and then 5 days Sailing with a 10 berth, 38 foot Maxim catamaran, designed by Alexander Simonis.
Lake Malawi Safari ReviewThe marketing tagline for Malawi is “The warm heart of Africa.” Normally, you just brush off these comments as marketing puff but not in this case. The country is warm, the people are warm and the experience you will enjoy will give off a warm glow.
Celebrating David Livingstone In MalawiThere are not many countries which have been more affected by David Livingstone than Malawi. This peaceful land is one of the most devout Christian countries in the whole of Africa where nearly every Malawian goes to bed with a bible by his side.
Restaurants in LilongweMalawi is one of the Uyaphi team's favourite African destinations. Relaxed people, safe environment, unique safari destinations where you can be equally at home in bush or beach. The capital Lilongwe, essentially a 1960's creation leaves much to be desired in terms of activities or things to do.
Mvuu Lodge MalawiAs we have previously mentioned in many articles, Malawi is a particular favourite of the Uyaphi team. Both by the friendliness and warmth of its people and by the diversity of its landscapes and fauna. On a recent trip to Malawi, we explored the southern corner of Lake Malawi, the last of the Great Rift Valley lakes.
Danforth Lodge and Yachting MalawiFollowing on from Saturdays report on Mvuu Lodge in the Liwonde National Park, we travel about three hours north west by boat and car onto Lake Malawi itself and Cape Maclear. Here lies probably the best water sports destination on the lake, Danforth Lodge.