Stop press: Malawi is open to international travel. So long as protocol is followed, travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival. For more details, see Open Borders.
‘Night and day filled the air with a heavy, all-pervasive but delicious scent of a lost world.’
– Laurens van der Post
Relatively undeveloped, roughly the size of Pennsylvania, Malawi is one of the smallest and least known countries on our portfolio, making it perfect for those in search of a luxury safari holiday experience free of queues, over-packed itineraries, and the need to rush. Offering a stunningly varied terrain, luxury lodges, a number of well-run national parks, and, of course, its extraordinary lake, Malawi is something of a very well-kept secret.
More sea than lake – it is nearly six hundred kilometres long, and, in places, up to eighty kilometres wide – Lake Malawi makes up much of the country’s eastern borders. Home to over five hundred species of fish, sometimes up to seven hundred metres deep, lined by Malawi’s beaches that in texture and colour compete happily with its Indian Ocean counterparts, it is Africa’s third largest lake, and, as such, supports a wonderfully rich variety of plant life.
The water itself is warm, generally calm and beautifully lit. The swimming is fabulous, as is the diving, and surface sports abound. Steamers and traditional fishing boats dot the horizon, islands provide intrepid travellers with quirky alternative itineraries, and, to the south, there is Liwonde National Park for elephant junkies.
Away from the lake, Malawi’s ever changing landscape is – for those interested in seeing Africa on foot – an opportunity not to be missed. Split in places by The Great Rift Valley, raised in others by plateaus and mountains, and periodically saturated in its lowlands by the lakes major outlet, Shire River, it is a rare and wonderfully stocked paradise.
As well as the above, and ever-expanding, Malawi has reasonably recently added Majete Wildlife Reserve to its growing list of luxury and frontier safari destinations; its rehabilitation the work of the African Parks Network. Working tirelessly with the local community, the APN has successfully protected Majete and restocked an area once decimated by poaching and neglect.
Welcoming, relaxed, and possessing in its lake something very special, Malawi is guaranteed to delight just about anyone.