One of Africa’s smallest yet most beautiful countries, Malawi is famous not only for its smiling, friendly people and their slow and easy approach to life but above all for its extraordinary freshwater lake. The third largest in Africa, Lake Malawi has all the sand-between-the-toes essentials you need for a perfect beach holiday such as secluded sandy coves, clear water and shoals of iridescent fish, plus its mirror-like surface means that the lake is perfect for sailing, snorkelling or kayaking.
A beach holiday in a landlocked country? Absolutely! But visitors to Malawi won’t find the high rises, soulless resorts or crowded beaches of more mainstream beach holiday destinations; a Malawi holiday will take you instead to footprint-free stretches of sand and deserted tree-covered islands where you can laze on your sundeck accompanied only by the cry of a fish eagle.
And then there are the lodges - our favourite Lake Malawi accommodation is hand-built using locally sourced materials so rather than stylized suites look forward instead to luxury with real African character. For a beach honeymoon with a difference we’d recommend Kaya Mawa - recently rated “one of the planet’s 10 most romantic destinations” (Condé Nast) - while family and friends can have a whole island to themselves at the tented camp on Mumbo Island.
You can happily spend your entire Malawi vacation in and around the lake but away from the beaches and dugout canoes the traveller will discover that the country's mountains, forests and wild reserves are well worth exploring - Liwonde National Park and the Nyika Plateau are particularly rewarding destinations.
Browse our wide range of accommodation and holidays for the one that best suits your requirements - just bear in mind that while Malawi is home to several wildlife reserves, it is not a traditional safari destination. So for thrilling big game vieiwng why not add neighbouring Zambia or southern Tanzania to your Malawi holiday itinerary? Chat to our Africa Safari Experts, they’ve tried and tested all the Malawi vacation options and can help put together the perfect lake and safari combination for you.
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Malawi's big game parks are growing in size and stature but Africa's friendliest country is all about fantastic Lake Malawi; prepare for a classic beach holiday at the heart of the continent.