Things to do in Malawi
Any safari in Malawi is fantastic. You could choose to watch wildlife on foot or by bike – in Nyika National Park or Kuti Wildlife Reserve, for example, where you’ll notice smaller animals and their behaviours up close. Or, opt for a 4x4 drive in Majete Wildlife Reserve or Liwonde National Park, where bigger game such as elephants, rhino and recently reintroduced lions are on the menu. A boat safari along the Shire River adds an extra thrilling dimension as you find yourself just feet away from an elephant, a hippo, or a crocodile sidling into the water to see what you’re up to.
What makes Malawi so wonderful is the combination of safari and beach that’s available to travellers – make the most of game drives, boat safaris and nature walks for a few days before chilling out on the pristine shores of Lake Malawi and exploring the underwater world – maybe factoring in a day or two seeing some city sights if you have time.
Our Malawi Holidays
VolunteeringThere are plenty of opportunities to make a difference as a volunteer in Malawi, for the most part working with animals or in conservation. You could find yourself helping out at a Lilongwe-based wildlife sanctuary, getting involved with the entire animal rehabilitation process, from orphan care and animal husbandry, right up to reintroductions. Or, you could head to the bush to work in rural primate and elephant projects at Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, where you will be trained in all the necessary research techniques. For those with specific skills, formal internships are available, ranging from working in veterinary centres to gaining experience in wildlife law.
Volunteering placements range from two-week holidays that are open to single travellers and families alike, to longer internships that run for about a month. Most trips offer shared, dorm-style accommodation and will also involve some mundane day-to-day tasks and responsibilities, but you’ll come away with a much clearer idea about the bigger picture regarding conservation and local culture across the country.
Self drive holidays
Malawi’s roads are so much better than they used to be and are constantly being improved: they’re tarmacked no less, a luxury when compared to some parts of Africa!
Malawi is safe, compact and has a decent road network, which makes it an ideal destination for a self drive holiday, allowing you to be in control of what you see, for how long, where and when. There is no signage in Malawi’s more rural areas, but a tailor made holiday company will kit you out with all of the information and maps you need. Alternatively, hire a local driver-guide – they’ll know the roads back to front and can fill you in on local life, customs and culture as you go.
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Malawi’s petite frame is dominated by Lake Malawi, providing endless opportunities to snorkel, dive, kayak or just relax on golden beaches.
While wildlife watching and hiking are both worthy pursuits, many travellers are drawn to Malawi because of its famous lake. A shimmering mass of clear water, its depths are full of colourful cichlid fish, providing excellent opportunities for diving, snorkelling and kayaking. And when you’re done there are plenty of sandy beaches to chill out on and friendly lakeside villages to explore.
More about Malawi
The best time to visit Malawi is right after the December to March rainy season, when temperatures are warm, but not scorching, and the landscape is still lush and green.
Our Malawi travel guide will help you explore an African country that’s as well-known for its hospitable and friendly people as its wonderful wildlife parks including Nyika and Liwonde national parks.
Our Malawi map and highlights page details some of the most fascinating and rewarding destinations in the country, from national parks to lakeside spots to hiking routes.
Once run-down and depleted due to years of poaching and neglect, Malawi’s national parks and reserves are beginning to thrive, thanks to successful conservation programmes.
Also known as the Lake of Stars, Lake Malawi is part of the Great Rift Valley chain of lakes, and is the country’s top travel destination, ideal for snorkelling.
Liwonde National Park has some of the best river-based wildlife viewing in Africa, and recent conservation efforts have bolstered big game numbers.
Read insider tips from our holiday companies and fellow responsible travellers – on everything from the best way to get around Malawi to what to pack for a trip here.
The drive to make the tourism sector in Malawi more responsible is ever-increasing.