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Lake Malawi, the most southerly Rift Valley's great lakes, perfect for a myriad water activities

A wildlife success story, the revival of Liwonde National Park

Lake Malawi's Marelli Archipelago - perfect for water activities

Liwonde National Park, the sluggish Shire River offers great game viewing options

Lake Malombe, one of Africa's breathtaking Great Rift Valley freshwater lakes

Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - forget the Caribbean!

Malawi

Malawi safari holidays and tours

Visiting Malawi: safaris & lake trips

With very little tourism in Malawi, and a lot of farmland and exceptionally friendly people, Malawi holidays can be very relaxing and special.

The main attraction is Lake Malawi, a fresh water lake, covering almost 30,000km² which is home for a variety of endemic cichlid fish species. This is the venue for relaxing beach holidays as well as some exciting water sports, in the heart of Africa. Meanwhile, away from the lake, there are many options for safari holidays on Malawi’s game reserves, and even some hiking trips.

Look through our suggestions for trips below, then call us and let us help you to create an individual Malawi holiday just for you.

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Blue Neon Cichlid Safari

4 days • 1 locations
LILONGWE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Four nights at a charming eco-camp on Mumbo Island in Lake Malawi National Park surrounded by some of the world’s best freshwater snorkelling. A great value end to your safari.

US$2,010 - US$2,150 per person

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Hyena Safari

11 days • 4 locations
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Mix relaxation and adventure on a safari combining the South Luangwa with Victoria Falls and the beaches of Lake Malawi. These three locations are among the most iconic in southern Africa.

US$6,580 - US$8,420 per person

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Orange Cap Cichlid Safari

7 days • 2 locations
LILONGWE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Combine a safari in the lush and resurgent Liwonde National Park with down time at an island eco-retreat in the middle of Lake Malawi. A great way to explore Malawi.

US$3,860 - US$4,360 per person

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Peacock Cichlid Safari

4 days • 1 locations
LILONGWE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Snorkel in Lake Malawi’s famously clear freshwater, relax on the beach and explore Likoma Island from the award-winning Kaya Mawa. A chilled luxury add-on to end your safari.

US$1,940 - US$2,520 per person

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Red Zebra Cichlid Safari

7 days • 2 locations
BLANTYRE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Explore two of Malawi's highlights with a safari in rugged, remote Majete Wildlife Reserve before some beach time relaxing, snorkelling and sailing in Lake Malawi National Park.

US$3,350 - US$4,200 per person

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Utaka Cichlid Safari

10 days • 3 locations
BLANTYRE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Explore two of Malawi's safari parks - Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park - before finishing your trip with some beach time relaxing, snorkelling and sailing in Lake Malawi National Park.

US$3,730 - US$4,240 per person

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Our travellers' 10 most recent Malawi reviews

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Mrs K. from Middlesex

Arrived 6 Oct 2019, 16 nights

"30th wedding anniversary safari"

"a pangolin that wandered into camp …" Read Mrs K.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs A from Surrey

Arrived 28 Sep 2019, 18 nights

"A wonderful time in Malawi"

"we had a fantastic experience and really enjoyed our time in Malawi …" Read Mr & Mrs A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr A from Guildford

Arrived 14 Sep 2019, 18 nights

"Malawi-Zambia"

"Overall, the trip had many highlights …" Read Mr A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

B & G from California

Arrived 16 Sep 2019, 16 nights

"Wonderful trip!"

"Our whole trip was fantastic. Thanks, Amanda. …" Read B & G’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs S. from Zürich

Arrived 3 Sep 2019, 21 nights

"A perfect Zambia - Malawi combination Holiday"

"Lucy really provided expert guidance on choosing camps that suit us. …" Read Mrs S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr D. from Oxfordshire

Arrived 10 Aug 2019, 12 nights

"August safari adventure 2019"

"good knowledge and very helpful …" Read Dr D.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

AFRICA from UK

Arrived 1 Jul 2019, 17 nights

"What a fabulous trip"

"Up there as one of the best holidays... we can't wait to return to Africa again …" Read AFRICA’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

N & J Lancs from UK

Arrived 10 Jul 2019, 15 nights

"My Jul 2019 trip"

"A good well organised trip to Malawi & Zimbabwe. …" Read N & J Lancs’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

F family from Sherborne

Arrived 18 Jun 2019, 15 nights

"Our June 2019 trip to Zambia and Malawi"

"Beguiling and awesome in equal measure. Thank you Expert Africa. …" Read F family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs S from Portsmouth

Arrived 26 Jun 2019, 13 nights

"Luangwa/ Malawi June 2019"

"Expert Africa delivered everything we had asked for for our holiday. …" Read Mr & Mrs S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Malawi

This is their success in sighting key species on our trips in Malawi. Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

1,116 sightings from 1,339 observations

Where to see buffalo in Malawi

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

91% SUCCESS

1,595 sightings from 1,755 observations

Where to see elephant in Malawi

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

1,172 sightings from 1,315 observations

Where to see hippo in Malawi

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

50% SUCCESS

908 sightings from 1,804 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Malawi

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

199 sightings from 955 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Malawi

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

83% SUCCESS

1,527 sightings from 1,837 observations

Where to see giraffe in Malawi

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

45% SUCCESS

615 sightings from 1,364 observations

Where to see eland in Malawi

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

228 sightings from 959 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Malawi

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

63% SUCCESS

1,061 sightings from 1,671 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Malawi

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

29% SUCCESS

262 sightings from 900 observations

Where to see black rhino in Malawi

Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

80% SUCCESS

1,318 sightings from 1,651 observations

Where to see lion in Malawi

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

45% SUCCESS

844 sightings from 1,878 observations

Where to see leopard in Malawi

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

1,729 sightings from 2,062 observations

Where to see zebra in Malawi

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

29% SUCCESS

420 sightings from 1,455 observations

Where to see cheetah in Malawi

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

27 sightings from 1,489 observations

Where to see pangolin in Malawi

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

3% SUCCESS

44 sightings from 1,575 observations

Where to see aardvark in Malawi

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