Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, land-locked but dominated by the huge Lake Malawi, is one of Africa’s poorest countries and without the rich natural resources of so many surrounding countries. For many years its wildlife was poached for food and numbers declined drastically.
In the year 2000 a not-for-profit conservation organisation, African Parks moved in to manage one of the Malawi parks, train the staff and control poaching. This has been a huge success, with staff now well-trained, well motivated and paid. Poaching has been virtually eliminated and African Parks are now managing a number of parks in Malawi and once poaching was eliminated, restocking these areas with species that were historically present.
The result is that Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde Park are now ‘Big 5’ destinations, and offer interesting game viewing with magnificent antelope such as kudu and nyala and great boat safaris on the Shire River with big numbers of hippo and crocs as well as good chances of seeing elephant from the boats.
Coupled with the opportunity to spend some time on Lake Malawi, possibly on an island where you can snorkel or scuba dive in the clear water with great numbers and variety of tropical chiclid fish, ( think swimming in an aquarium!) as well as visiting the tea plantations and the attractions of Malawi become clearer. It is also a cheaper safari destination than East or Southern Africa.
We believe it’s best combined with Zambia’s Luangwa Valley for that wilderness safari experience and better big cat viewing opportunities then travelling into Malawi for lakes, wildlife and the lovely friendly people.
An example Malawi / Zambia itinerary is below: