Lake Malawi is a really cool place, we have lots of happy memories of walks along the lake shore and being welcomed by all the villagers that we met, one of the things that make Malawi so special is the people and their incredible hospitality, every time we go we end up so laid back that it is hard to leave. The lake is the dominating feature of the country, its clear and inviting waters covering 20% of the country.
There are two main areas that we use for beach extensions on the lake, the southern Lake Shore and Likoma Island. The southern shore is easy to reach by a vehicle transfer from Lilongwe (your point of arrival) and has a number of accommodation options, our favourite being Pumalani, a lovely hillside property with fantastic views of the lake.
On Likoma Island we love the stunning Kaya Mawa, this is a proper island getaway and is a truly magical and romantic spot to unwind, it makes for the perfect retreat after a South Luangwa safari, and is one for anyone’s bucket list.
Malawi is a developing safari destination and has done a lot to try and eradicate the poaching that used to plague the area, there are two areas that we will use; Liwande National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve, there are good camps here run by quality operators and we hope that the parks continue to improve, at the moment they are definitely for the seasoned safari goers looking to go somewhere completely different and wild, not those focused on wildlife.