Malawi safari and beach holiday

“Explore the ‘warm heart of Africa’, discovering its wildlife with game drives, boat trips and walks, before relaxing on the beach shores of Lake Malawi.”

Highlights

Liwonde National Park | game drives | boat trip on Shire River | guided walking safari | rhino sanctuary | Lake Malawi | snorkelling, diving, nature walks

Description of Malawi safari and beach holiday

Explore Malawi on this 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.

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Departure information

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

Malawi safari and beach holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

Community

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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