Malawi Safari Holidays

About Malawi Safari Holidays

A Malawi luxury safari holiday is the perfect way to experience all that this country has to offer. Whether you want to go on a game drive to see lions, elephants, and other big animals, or go on a walking safari to see the smaller creatures up close, there are plenty of options to choose from. The country is home to a number of national parks and game reserves, including Nyika National Park, Kasungu National Park, and Liwonde National Park.With its diverse landscape and wealth of wildlife, from African buffaloes, elephants and hippos, to more unique species such as bushbuck, grey duiker, kudu, grysbok, klipspringer, and reedbuck Malawi is a safari-lover's paradise.

Malawi is a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa that personifies the continent’s natural beauty. Whether it is witnessing chacma baboons, sable antelopes and black rhinos in the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve and Liwonde National Park, catching sights of pangolins, leopards and birds like vultures in the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, or even enjoying close encounters with elephants and wild dogs in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, you can do it all with Malawi safari holidays.

Top Safari Holiday Tours in Malawi

Serengeti to Victoria Falls Overland: Night Stars and Spices

20 Days/19 Nights

  • Spot the Big Five animals from open 4×4 safari vehicles across the Serengeti National Park during this safari, before exploring the fragrant spice plantations of Zanzibar
  • Spend some time marvelling at the spectacular Victoria Falls when you are here, while also looking out for animal species like baboons, vervet monkeys as well as numerous bird species
  • Enjoy camping under the vast African sky, amidst the lush verdant natural landscapes, with birds and animals to keep you company

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Zambia Safari and Malawi Beach

13 Days/12 Nights

  • When looking for a Malawi luxury safari, pay a visit to the wilderness of Zambia and the beaches of Malawi with this package
  • Enjoy an amazing game viewing experience in the South Luangwa National Park and catch sights of elephants, hippos, buffaloes as well as giraffes, wild dogs and hyenas here
  • Then take a flight all the way to the turquoise waters of Lake Malawi and Kaya Mawa for a private island getaway, complete with adventure activities, water sports and a lot more
  • Look out for views of native species like Nile crocodiles, hippos, vervet monkeys as well as African fish eagles around the lake
Malawi Island, Parks and Highlands

13 Days/12 Nights

  • One of the top Malawi safari packages is this one, which takes you on a journey across the islands, parks as well as highlands of the country
  • Begin your safari in Lilongwe and the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where you can enjoy bushwalks, canoeing or fishing on the Bua River, while also witnessing animals like elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, etc.
  • You can also explore the Likoma Island, which is surrounded by Lake Malawi, and enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling here
  • You can also enjoy 4x4 game drives within the Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve, which are home to species like African buffaloes, antelopes, rhinos, sables, bushbuck, elephants, as well as monkeys, among others
  • Enjoy freshwater fishing on lake Malawi
Malawi Liwonde Safari and Likoma Island

9 Days/8 Nights

  • Get a chance to experience the best of this landlocked country with these adventurous Malawi safari holidays
  • Begin your tour in the floodplains of Liwonde National Park, and indulge in game viewing here, whilst catching sights of crocodiles, hippos, rare black rhinos, elephants, and more
  • Then, head towards the north to the small Likoma Island located in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, where you can spot birds, amphibians as well as smaller reptiles
  • Enjoy diving in the waters of the Lake Malawi and enjoy catching sights of tiny cichlids
Malawi Highlands, Park and Lake

11 Days/10 Nights

  • This 11-day tour is the best Malawi luxury safari that you can indulge in, as it includes a lot of adventure, relaxation as well as wildlife sighting
  • Drive through the rolling hills filled with fragrant tea plantations in the southern regions of the country, and enjoy bird watching trails here, with stunning views of Mount Mulanje
  • Then, head over to the Majete Game Reserve, where you can go on guided 4x4 game drives and walking safaris to locate rare antelopes, black rhinos, wild dogs, etc.
  • End your tour along the southern shores of Lake Malawi, wherein you can take part in a myriad of water activities and sports
Super Malawi Safari

5 Days/4 Nights

  • Begin your Malawi safari package with a visit to the Majete Wildlife Reserve with a scenic view of the Shire Valley.
  • Enjoy game drives or boat safari on the Shire River and witness several species of mammals such as elephants, antelope, warthog, crocodile and hippos.
  • Experience the majestic Mulanje Mountain and hike the mountain all the way up to the beautiful natural pool and falls in of Dziwe la Nkhalamba.
  • spend some leisure time at lake Malawi and choose from a variety of optional activities such as kayaking, boat riding, snorkeling and many more
Malawi and Zambia Safari: Luangwa Valley and Dzalanyama Forest Reserve

6 Days/5 Nights

  • When looking for Malawi safari holidays, combine a visit to the wilderness gems of the Dzalanyama Forest reserve and the South Luangwa National Park in Malawi and Zambia respectively
  • Set off on your safari from Lilongwe to the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, known for its steep hills, beautiful trees as well as escarpments
  • Enjoy walking as well as open vehicle safaris here, while keeping an eye out for wildlife species like antelopes, hyenas, leopards and a myriad of different birds
  • Then, visit the South Luangwa National park in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, which is home to over 40 species of mammals and hundreds of bird species
Northern Malawi Safari

7 Days/6 Nights

  • Enjoy a Malawi luxury safari in the northern part of the country, which begins from and ends at Lilongwe
  • Drive from Lilongwe to the Viphya Plateau and the Luwawa Forest Reserve, which is tucked in the peaceful Luwawa Valley, and enjoy sights of monkeys, bushbucks and more
  • Then, explore the Livingstonia Mission, Mushroom Farm and the Great Rift Valley, which offer amazing views of the Lake Malawi and are home to numerous waterfalls wherein you can enjoy trekking
  • Head to the scenic Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and safari camp, which is home to more than 500 elephants as well as other wild animals like hippos, zebras and buffaloes
Southern Malawi Safari

7 Days/6 Nights

  • You can also avail the southern Malawi safari packages, for experiencing the diverse wonders of the heart of Africa
  • Indulge in a wildlife safari in the famous Majete Wildlife Reserve, and watch the animals like elephants and buffaloes at the waterholes here
  • Catch sights of the Big Five animals when you go for game drives and bushwalks in the reserve, along with species like cheetahs, elands, sable antelopes, impalas, baboons, waterbuck, hippos, hartebeests and nyalas
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy different activities like snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing and more here experience the history and culture of Malawi at the Mua Mission
Malawi Off-The-Beaten-Track Adventure

14 Days/13 Nights

  • Indulge in Malawi safari holidays that take you away from the popular destinations into places that are off the beaten track with this safari adventure
  • Explore the remote bush lodges and highlands of Malawi at the South Viphya Forest Reserve, which is known for being the abode of many unique plant species, in addition to animals like the African bushbuck, monkeys, baboons and numerous birds
  • Indulge in relaxing activities at Lake Malawi or head to the Nyika National Park to enjoy sightings of animals like the Burchell's zebra, eland, roan, reedbuck, blue duiker, klipspringer and bush pigs, along with leopards
  • End your safari at the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where you can spot a variety of animals, including lions, leopards, elephants, and hippos, as well as birds like vultures, eagles, and flamingos

Best Places for Malawi Safari Holidays

Majete Wildlife Reserve

A Malawi luxury safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve is a great way to see some of the amazing animals that live in this park such as lions, elephants, giraffes, and many others. Over 5000 animals of 17 different species have been reintroduced in the wildlife reserve making it a big five reserve and one of the best places for Malawi safari holidays. It is also home to several unique species like eland, sable, kudu, suni, klipspringer, hartebeest, zebra, waterbuck, impala, nyala and warthogs.

Lengwe National Park

Lengwe National Park is a national park located in central Malawi, to the south of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The park is known for its thick vegetation, woodlands as well as streams and rivulets. During a safari, you can find a wide array of wildlife species here, all gathering together at the waterholes. Some of the major animals that you can find here include leopards, hyenas, antelopes as well as nyalas. Other animals such as the small Livingstone’s suni, bushbuck and impala. Baboon, monkey, warthog, bushpig and some strong buffalo herds can also be seen.

Nyika National Park

Known as the largest national park of Malawi, with an area of over 1250 sq. miles ,the Nyika National park is another popular place for a wildlife safari in this part of Africa. It is particularly known for its leopard species, which can be spotted roaming around within the evergreen forests. The park is also the abode of many different species of wild alpine flowers as well as orchids. Besides the leopards, you can also catch sights of roans, elands, zebras as well as birds like Wattled crane, Denham’s bustard, red-winged francolin, augur buzzard and grey-olive here. The park is a heaven for birdwatchers with over 400 species of birds to gaze at.

Liwonde National Park

Ranked as one of the most popular national parks of Malawi, the Liwonde National Park is one place where you can see a major part of the Shire River flowing in all its glory, thereby attracting a vast array of birds as well as animals. In addition to cheetahs and lions, the Liwonde National Park is also home to other wildlife species like buffaloes, sables, hyenas, black rhinos and elephants. It is also a great place to enjoy 4x4 open vehicle safaris, walking safaris or even boat safaris, and offers views of birds like the Pel’s fishing owl, Lilian’s lovebird, Livingstone’s flycatcher, crowned hornbill, etc.

Lake Malawi National Park

One of the best places to enjoy Malawi safari holidays is the Lake Malawi National park, which is amongst the oldest national parks in Africa. The park was established in 1947 and boasts of beaches where you can enjoy snorkelling, diving as well as sailing and boating. Flanking Lake Malawi, this park is home to a variety of wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, and over 700 species of fish, in addition to kudus, zebras and more.

Best Time to Go for Malawi Safari Holidays

January to April

The month of January is the peak rainy season in Malawi, with daily thunderstorms and almost all of the reserves closed due to the wet weather. although it is the best time for the bird watchers as many migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere are evident in the national parks. February brings a lot of greenery with it, and is a great time to see colourful orchids in the valleys, along with many new-borns. The rainy season continues to March, but you can still enjoy trekking adventures and mountain biking in the Nyika National Park. The weather begins to dry in April, making it great to enjoy Malawi safari holidays, especially since you can enjoy seeing several antelope species and other animals roaming around.

May to July

The dry season is in full swing in May, and it is also the peak tourist season in Malawi, with no rainfall, green landscapes and mist-laden highlands. The days become longer in June, and you can easily spot crocodiles, elephants, lions and hippos in the game reserves and parks. July experiences a dip in the temperatures, with clear skies and the safari season at its best.

August to October

The weather begins to warm up in August, making it the perfect time to head to Lake Malawi for enjoying different water sports. By September, the weather in Malawi is extremely dry, and you can easily spot different animal species gathering at the water holes throughout the day. September is also the month of the Lake of Stars festival which is an annual festival on the shores of lake Malawi. October is one of the hottest months of the year in Malawi, and is a great time to visit the game parks in the country, since wildlife here is abundant during this time.

November to December

With the onset of November, the hot summer rainfalls slowly begin to arrive in Malawi, thereby attracting hundreds of species of migratory birds to the game parks and reserves here. This month is great for indulging in birdwatching as well as going snorkelling in the waters of Lake Malawi. The weather remains extremely hot, humid and wet in December. It is also the hatching season for crocodiles and is a great time to visit if you wish to see baby crocodiles heading into the waters.


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