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Malawi

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Your Malawi expedition. Meet Africa, warm hearts.

Discover the ‘Warm heart of Africa’ and be struck by the friendliness and genuine hospitality of Malawi. Share a cup of tea in Blantyre, cook Nshima with the community and sing round the campfire. If you’re looking for a slice of raw Africa, this is it. Sandwiched between Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, Malawi is home to some truly epic landscapes. Slicing through Malawi, The Great Rift Valley stretches from the northern highlands to the great Mulanje Massif in the south with the great Lake Malawi covering a fifth of the country.

Head into the clouds and master the giant landscapes of Mount Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau. Relax lakeside and watch daily life go by or head out on safari to find game in the wild. There’s nothing polished or on show here, it’s raw and real, a beautiful slice of authentic Africa.

Terrain

Northern mountainous region, fertile central belt with rugged plateaus and huge Lake Malawi in the East

Climate

Generally hot temperatures. Cooler, dry season Apr-Oct, rainy season Nov-Mar

Did you know?

Malawi was the first African country to produce tea on a commercial scale

Some of the best bits

Set out on a safari

See striking savannah plains, mighty baobab trees and spot antelopes grazing in the grasslands. Catch a glimpse of African game in the wild from your jeep or by boat in Liwonde National Park. Watch lions, elephants, cheetahs and precious black rhino as you soak up the sun out on safari.

Master Mount Mulanje

Soaring up from the surrounding lush green tea plantations, the Mulanje Massif dominates the skyline. Known as ‘the island in the sky’, grab a guide and trek the journey across the massif. Listen to local legends, see the eerie mist capped peak of Sapitwa, spot prehistoric man-sized shrubs and smell the endemic Mulanje cedar trees.

Watch waterfalls on Zomba Plateau

Wind round the plateau by foot, explore forest trails thick with the scent of pine, nibble on strawberries and watch out for the monkeys. See the spectacular Williams Waterfalls, buy quartz curios from local sellers and breathe as you watch a beautiful sunset through the haze, looking out over Malawi.

Chill by Lake Malawi

Gaze out over the great rift valley’s third largest lake and stretch out on the golden shores of Lake Malawi. Chill out and watch the world go by. So large you can’t always see the other side, the ‘Calendar Lake’ spans epic proportions at 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. Grab a plate of chambo and chips at Fat Monkey’s Beach Lodge.

Cook up a storm

Head to the colourful markets in Lilongwe to haggle for some maize meal. Learn how to turn it into ‘Nshima’, the local staple, and wash it down with a cup of freshly brewed locally grown tea. Try cassava and catch fresh fish from the lake.

“Trekking Mt Mulanje was a highlight, it just comes out of nowhere and bang there it is. Huge and impressive and hard and an awesome achievement.”
Jonathan, Challenger

Follow in the footsteps of past teams or forge your own path

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