Not the world’s most obvious holiday destination. Which is one of Malawi’s great attractions – along with the astounding Lake Malawi, nine parks and wildlife reserves, Mount Mulanje, tea plantations and wonderfully welcoming locals.
You could, as part of your tailor-made holiday itinerary in Malawi, include a fly-in safari. It’s perhaps the easiest way of travelling, but driving allows you to experience close-up the diversity that this small, land-locked country secrets away from the rest of the world.
The famous Lake Malawi, for example. Filling a gigantic rift valley with its sparklingly clear waters, this inland sea offers divers over 600 species of fish and awe-inspiring underwater rock formations. Plus a huge variety of water sports. The golden beaches at Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island are unrivalled, and you can snorkel from the steps of your room.
Or you could immerse yourself in Liwonde National Park with its elephants, crocodiles and hippos. You could take a bird watching safari and see how many of Malawi’s 650 indigenous and visiting species you can spot.
Or you could follow Malawi expert Tania Perkins' advice and “do a really diverse itinerary…go down to the southern reaches of the country where you can go trekking on Mount Mulanje, visit the tea plantations and Zomba Malawi’s old colonial capital”.
Malawi. Obvious, it isn’t. Tempting, it is.