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Malawi - The warm heart of Africa

Arguably, Malawi’s greatest asset is her people – always ready for a laugh, a little chat, and an impromptu song and dance, this easy-going and warm nature of Malawians is what makes this country one of the safest and most enjoyable places to travel in Africa

MALAWI

Malawi, also affectionately known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, measures just 45,747 mi2 – and it is quite incredible how diverse the country is.

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LAKE MALAWI

There is Lake Malawi of course, the third largest lake in Africa, and with that comes remote islands, picturesque shorelines, and stunning sunrises and sunsets.

MUMBO ISLAND

Mumbo Island is about a 40 minute boat ride from the mainland. Let it take you away from modern distractions, mobile phones and normal hectic life.

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Likomo Island Malawi 

LIKOMA ISLAND
Situated on Lake Malawi and only 17km² in size. This unique paradise is home to Central Africa’s third largest cathedral, St Peter’s

MALAWI

Then there are the mountainous grasslands of Mulanje, and Nyika and Zomba plateaus, not to mention the game-rich national parks and wildlife reserves!

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MOUNT MULANJE

Mount Mulanje is Malawi’s answer to Mount Kilimanjaro without the crowds and the high price tag.

 

It towers over 3000m high, locals call it the ‘island in the sky’, and it is easy to see why – on a misty day the mountain is enclosed in a smoke-like haze, and its highest peak, Sapitwa, bursts through the cloud.

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MALAWI SEASONS

Broadly speaking  Malawi has two seasons: dry and wet. 

The dry season is from May to October. Within this, May to August is a cooler time of year with bright sunshine and fresh evenings  

Temperatures start to rise in September and remain high throughout the rainy season, which runs from

November to April.

MALAWI SEASONS

Your interests will dictate the best season to visit.

High Season:

June to October

Best time for game viewing

Shoulder Season:

April to May

Best time for landscape photography and budget travelers

Low Season:

November to March

 Best for migratory bird viewing, flowers and newborn wildlife

"You’d be a fool to let the term ‘rainy season’ put you off, you only need to experience an African storm once to have your soul stirred by it forever."

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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation options range from small to medium-sized hotels, lodges, camps and more. 

 

There are only a small number of high-end lodges in Malawi, but these are small, intimate and very comfortable – and so have what it takes for a luxurious holiday.

  ‘off the beaten track’ luxury, Malawi 

Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Tucked away on Nankoma Island, a part of the Marelli Island archipelago, is the Blue Zebra Island Lodge.

 

Under the protection of the Lake Malawi National Park, these three Islands offer a unique opportunity to see rare species of Malawi's colourful Cichlid fish that have earned this site its UNESCO World Heritage Site accreditation.

 

The Islands are also renowned for their dazzling array of bird life.

 

Less than two hours from Lilongwe you will find yourself on an unspoilt island paradise, surrounded by nature and luxury.

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GETTING THERE

Just a short four-hour flight from Johannesburg, direct to Zanzibar and direct flights from Cape Town via Nairobi or Addis Ababa to Zanzibar

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vISAS

South African passport holders do not require visas.
 

 Travelers from countries requiring visa should visit www.evisa.gov.mw for visa applications.

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CURRENCY

MWK, official name Malawi Kwacha

One Rand equals  about 54,98 Malawian Kwacha

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COVID-19

  • All persons entering Malawi are required to produce a negative PCR COVID 19 test certificate done not more than 72 hours before arrival. (This applies to all individuals fully vaccinated or non-vaccinated)

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