Malawi is dominated by its spectacular lake...
Flights to MalawiWe have great flight rates for flights to Malawi, and we arrange these for most of our travellers. However, if you would rather book your own flights, perhaps using air-miles, then please do so. We are happy to make your arrangements in Malawi if you take responsibility for your flights to get there.
Starting from LondonStarting from London Heathrow Airport, the easiest and most direct way to Malawi is via Johannesburg, in South Africa. Daily flights are operated by South African Airways and British Airways, leaving London in the evening, and arriving in Jo'burg the following morning.
There, connections with South African Airways and Air Malawi link through to Lilongwe – with SAA flights usually operating every day around 11:40am; Air Malawi flights operate every day except for Tuesday and Sunday, and leave Jo'burg at 12:25pm. We recommend that our travellers use the SAA flights.
From Lilongwe, many of our lodges can be reached by road transfer, including Heuglins Guest House in Lilongwe; Mua Mission between Lilongwe and the lakeshore; Mzuzu Hotel in Mzuzu; any lodges in Nyika National Park; Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park; as well as Ku Chawe Inn near Zomba Plateau.
From Lilongwe, Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre can usually be reached by either a road transfer or a domestic flight; typically, Air Malawi flies twice on most days, except for Sundays.
Depending on where you are in Malawi, some lodges on the lakeshore are easily accessible by boat transfer; Yacht Mufasa, which is run by the owners of Danforth Yachting, is accommodation and transfer at the same time.
This can be used to access the lodges on the southern lakeshore (eg: Pumulani, Club Makokola or Livingstonia Beach) to Chintheche Inn or Makuzi Beach on Lake Malawi's western side.
Domwe Island, Mumbo Island are set on small islands in Lake Malawi, and therefore only accessible by boat transfer. Kaya Mawa stands on the larger Likoma Island, which is normally reached by a light aircraft flight from Lilongwe
If Malawi isn't your first destination in Africa, and you want to add a few nights' beachside holiday to your safari, Air Malawi also provides flights from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Lilongwe (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), from Harare in Zimbabwe to Lilongwe (on Monday, Thursday and Saturday), and from Lusaka in Zambia to Lilongwe (on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).
Note that because of frequent changes of schedules and flight cancellations, we cannot take any responsibility for the time-keeping of Air Malawi, or any consequences of missed, delayed or cancelled departures.
Starting from North AmericaFlying from North America, your have to make decisions about your flights. Roughly speaking, you have two options for flight arrangements:
1) You arrange return flights USA -> London and London -> USA by yourself.
Expert Africa arranges your London -> Malawi and Malawi -> London flights for you.
This works well because we have great rates for the flights to Africa, and we can also use relatively inexpensive add-on rates within Africa for internal flights - which we can link to your international ticket. However, you do need to ensure that you have more than enough time to connect comfortably between planes in London.
2) You arrange your own flights USA -> Malawi and Malawi -> USA, using any route that suits you, and then advise us of the flight times and carriers.
Expert Africa will then organise your time in Malawi for you, including smaller flights, and boat or road transfers within Malawi.
This is a good idea if you want to fly direct from the USA/Canada – e.g. on the flights which link Atlanta with Jo'burg. If you choose to book your own intercontinental flights to/from South Africa, then we strongly suggest that you also book any connecting flights that you need within Africa at the same time – using the same company that is arranging your intercontinental flight tickets. This ensures that there is no danger of one flight changing, and you being left with a 'connection' which no longer connects.