Malawi safari and beach holiday

Description of Malawi safari and beach holiday

Malawi is a relatively little-visited and hugely underrated African destination. Known as the 'warm heart of Africa' it lives up to its reputation time and again for visitors. So don't miss it.

This holiday is a really gorgeous two-centre safari and beach trip. It takes in the best known national park, Liwonde, and time on Lake Malawi to enjoy either relaxing beach time or plenty of watersports. You can also take time to visit some of the local villages to get an insight into rural Malawian life.

You don't have to travel huge distances from place to place to get a relaxed African experience with both safari and beach in one country. Malawi is the answer. You'll love it.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:ARRIVE MALAWI. TO LIWONDE. When you arrive at Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, you will be driven to Mvuu Camp, which will take 4-5 hours. The camp is in Liwonde National Park, on the Shire River. Welcome to Malawi – your safari has begun. Full board.
Day 2:LIWONDE SAFARI. Today you’ll take exciting game drives to try to spot elephant, sable, waterbuck and reedbuck, as well as zebra, eland, hippo and buffalo are common. You will drive in different areas of the park to see contrasting habitats. Returning to camp, take a swim in the pool and later enjoy dinner under the stars. Full board.
Day 3:LIWONDE SAFARI. Maybe try a boat trip on the Shire River today It’s an exciting way to get close (but not too close) to hippos, crocodiles and elephants on the riverbank. You'll see lots of birds, too. After lunch and a siesta, take an afternoon game drive, ending with sundowners, and then a night drive back to camp to see some of the nocturnal wildlife. Full board.
Day 4:LIWONDE SAFARI. We’d recommend a guided walk this morning. It's very different being out in the wild on foot, at one with nature. You’ll focus more on smaller animals and plants, but some larger game might be seen too of course. Liwonde is home to a sanctuary for rare black rhino. With the correct permission you can visit the project. As well as rhino there are hartebeest and roan. Full board .
Day 5:TO LAKE MALAWI. Today you leave Liwonde and head for the beach!. It’s a drive of about 3-4 hours Cape Maclear. Your lodge for the next 5 days is Danforth Lodge with a stunning position on the edge of Lake Malawi. Full board.
Day 6:LAKE MALAWI. Watersports galore are available at Danforth. Snorkelling, diving, dinghy sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding and waterskiing. Or you could take a cruise on the lodge’s very own catamaran. Or perhaps the infinity pool is as far as you want to venture! Full board.
Day 7:LAKE MALAWI. Whilst staying here you could also explore inland, either on foot or by bike. Visiting local villages, you're sure to receive a warm welcome, especially from the children, and there are also nature trails all around too. Full board.
Days 8-9:LAKE MALAWI. Two more days to enjoy Lake Malawi. Full board.
Day 10:After breakfast overlooking the lake we’ll collect you for the roughly 4 hour drive back to Lilongwe for your flight home. Breakfast.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Malawi safari and beach holiday


Mvuu Camp is run on some commendable environmentally-responsible practices, such as recycling bottles into drinking glasses, making plant ties out of old tyres...... but more importantly they are very involved with numerous conservation projects in Liwonde National park. They have a really positive influence in their region.

Locals are employed at the lodges and as safari guides who will help you to view wildlife responsibly when on safari and snorkelling.

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK), or abroad, compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.


At Danforth Lodge staff training of the local staff is an ongoing priority. Every staff member gets a chance to improve skills. The lodge also supports development projects in Chembe Village nearby, and also gives financial support to the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic and supports local schools.

The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They constantly raise funds for grassroots projects, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

Working with partners on the ground in each destination, the company only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have internally eco-rated about hundreds of properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

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