Africa is a multifaceted gem, with its collection of countries each adding unique detail to the continent. Malawi is a country less frequented by mass tourism and its friendly local people make visitors feel at home while on a Malawi vacation. Here is a list of 5 things to see and do while on an African bush and beach safari.
Malawi Wildlife Safari in Liwonde National Park
Any visit to Africa should be centred around the continent's abundance of free-roaming wildlife. Whether you're a seasoned traveller or a first time safari-goer, a game viewing excursion is always an exciting experience.
Located in the southern region of Malawi, Liwonde National Park is home to masses of wildlife near the Mozambican border. A guided game drive will take you through the area, passing the Crocodiles on the banks of the Shire River. Malawi is a prime game viewing destination due to its low numbers of tourists and its even lower number of dangerous predators. A safari in Liwonde is ideal for nature lovers who wish to explore the wilderness by foot or on a river safari.
Visitors to this park might be able to spot some of the antelope, such as kudu, impala and waterbuck, and other wildlife species including Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos and many more on a guided safari activity. In addition to the wildlife, plant life in the region is also great. The mopane woodlands are seasonally adorned by wild flowers that come along with the rainy season.
Snorkelling in Lake Malawi
When in Malawi, one should dive into the tropical waters of Lake Malawi where a kaleidoscope of colour is displayed in passing schools of fish. Become one with the underwater world as you swim amongst the marine life.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Lake Malawi has untainted views of the various landscapes ranging from steep hills lined with flora, huge granite boulders and isolated islands. Allow the numerous fish species, led by masses of the vibrant Cichlid fish, to introduce you to the crystal clear waters of the lake.
Some dream of visiting another planet, where life forms exceed our earthly expectations. Why not visit Malawi's world of birds where approximately 650 bird species have been recorded.
Lake Malawi attracts numerous water birds, like the African fish eagle, pied kingfisher and the goliath heron. Less commonly seen is the Pel's fishing owl, palm-nut vulture and the red-necked falcon. The mopane woodlands are home to local species, namely Lilian's lovebird, Livingstone's flycatcher and the pale-billed hornbill. Birds of prey that monitor the region from above include bateleur and martial eagles and the ground hornbill.
Cultural and Museum Centre at Karonga
Step into the world of the local Malawian people as you visit the Cultural and Museum Centre at Karonga in northern Malawi. Take a step back in time as you explore the fossil discoveries of the Karonga District that are on display at the museum.
Start your journey of Malawian culture with the ancient discoveries of dinosaur and early human fossils. Your visit will include an interactive introduction to the Malawian culture as you meet the people of Karonga and witness traditional song and dance.
Trekking up Mount Mulanje
Exploring the landscapes of Malawi is best done on foot. During your African safari in Malawi spend a day outdoors, trekking through the wilderness. We recommend a morning hike up Mount Mulanje in south Malawi.
Magnificent views can be seen while trekking up the 10000 ft (3000m) mountain that towers above the fields of the east of Blantyre. While trekking up the mountain, hikers might come across wildlife in the form of small mammals to klipspringers (a small species of antelope) and prolific bird life. Hikers can even stop for a quick afternoon of fishing for trout in the River Lichenya.