Malawi is known as the ‘’Warm Heart of Africa’’ because of the legendary welcome extended to all who visit. Exceptional natural scenery, towering mountains, fertile valleys and the crystal clear waters Lake Malawi with its white sandy beaches characterise this beautiful country. It is the perfect country to travel independently because of the ease of getting around and the huge variety of accommodations available to suit all travellers. It is also the perfect destination if you are looking for a beach and safari holiday as the country offers both. I found that Malawi is one of the best places in Africa for visitors to meet and interact with the local people or visit a rural community in an atmosphere totally devoid of expectation. Malawi is a warm and welcoming country that I always have a special place in my heart.

Suggested Itinerary – ”Highlands and Beach”

DAY 1-3

On arrival at Lilongwe airport, you will connect to a light aircraft transfer to Nyika Plateau. You will be met by lodge staff on arrival and transferred a short distance to Chelinda Lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights. Nyika National Park is scenically Malawi’s most spectacular wilderness boasting an incredible mixture of woodland, crystal clear streams and open rolling grassland. During your time here enjoy day and night game drives, guided walks, birding, fly fishing, and mountain biking expeditions across the plateau. Wildlife in the park include Burchell’s zebra, roan antelope, mountain reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, warthog, bushpig, leopard, spotted hyena, side striped jackal and serval.

DAY 4-6

Today you will be transferred 1 hour by light aircraft to Likoma Island. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by lodge staff and transferred a short distance to Kaya Mawa Lodge. Likoma Island is situated in the far north of Lake Malawi and to visit the island is to step back in time. The island has only one small dirt road and six vehicles, the local population surviving largely by fishing, rice and cassava farming. The Island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. Spend 3 nights here enjoying the activities available from the lodge including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, walking and biking.


After an early breakfast, you will be transferred back to Likoma Airstrip connect to a 1 hour flight back to Lilongwe Airport in time for your onward flight connections.

Things to do

  • Snorkel amongst the neon blue African sicklet fish in Lake Malawi
  • Kayak between the islands of Mumbo and Domwe
  • Hike the Nyika Plateau or Mount Mulanje
  • Encounter wildlife in the Liwonde National Park.