About Destination

Malawi is a landlocked country found in Southeastern Africa, is characterized by highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. Lake Malawisshares a border a National Park which is home to a variety of wildlife from colorful fish to baboons with clear waters that is known for famous for boating and diving.  Peninsular Cape Maclear recognized for its beach resorts.

As from 1st October 2015, Malawi has introduced new visa requirements to include nationals of those countries where Malawians are required to pay for permits. Please check the tables below k which nationalities need a visa.

Visas for the bulk of nationalities can be obtained on arrival in Malawi only excluding those defined below as having to get them in advance.  The professional officers at entry will try to make this process of obtaining a visa as easy as possible it is advised to get the visa before arriving in the country.

For permits to be purchased on arrival it is also  better, if possible, to take application information click here to download and the items  listed in the conditions below, plus the necessary visa fee in US$ cash:

  • Invitation letter (excludes tourists)
  • Air ticket/itinerary
  • Confirmed Hotel booking
  • Three months latest bank statements
  • A Valid passport for not less than six months
  • Two passport photos
  • Covering letter giving full particulars of the planned trip and written by travelers themselves or by their tour operator if one has been used.


Most people prefer to visit during the dry winter season is most charming, April May to October stops in November. The possibility of rain is very low, daytime temperatures are usually in the 20s Celsius, and the low vegetation and restricted availability of water mean that game viewing is at its best, some of the best bird watching can be experienced from November to April.

The orchids of Nyika best viewed from December to March and April. Malawi’s temperatures moderated by altitude. In the hottest month usually, November maximum heats will be around 30c. The coldest month typically July low maximum temperatures in the low 20’s. On the uplands like Zomba, Nyika and Viphya because it can get freezing at night.

The hottest region, all year, is that at the lowest altitude – the Lower Shire Valley. Rainfall is scarce in the dry season, and even in the so-called wet season, the rains are usually short-lived storms, as is typical of the tropics, and at no time does the climate severely inhibit the traveler.

Throughout the country, rainfall differs, with the highlands producing the highest numbers. Wilderness Safaris have created two helpful guides to the natural highlights of Malawi over the calendar year.

It is advised to have up to date with immunizations when coming to Malawi especially against tetanus, polio, typhoid and hepatitis A.
Yellow fever immunization may be needed only by visitors entering from a yellow fever region.

Prophylactics should be taken because there is a risk of malaria. Get up to date information from your doctor. There is some risk of contracting bilharzia if bathing in some parts of Lake Malawi but the risk is negligible near the central beach hotels. Infection is moderately easily treated once diagnosed.

To get more information about bilharzia in Lake Malawi click here. Malawi is also a high-risk area for AIDS.

The official language of Malawai is English. English is widely spoken in all urban centers and taught in schools. Still in rural areas, many local villagers especially young ones who have received some education will be able to speak English.

Food and drinks

Top of the line fish dishes are universally available, especially near Lake Malawi. Most hotels and safari lodges serve “western” dishes with, sometimes game and infrequently local foods such as maize meal porridge. Soft drinks are available universally. Beers, spirits like Malawi gin and South African wines are reasonably priced and ordinarily available. For drinking, bottled waters should be used instead of to tap water.

Dress Code
The dress is commonly informal. Swimwear and very skimpy clothing should be left to the beach resorts. For safaris, “natural” colors should be worn in preference to light/bright colors. In the uplands, especially in the winter from April to September, it can be cold in the evening, and sweaters are needed because it can be freezing in morning or night safari drives.

Malawi’s unit of money is the Kwacha (abbreviated to MK internationally; k locally). The kwacha divides into 100 tambalas. Practically speaking, only the kwacha is used. Banks in the town are open on weekdays from 0800 to 1300.

Mobile banks run along the lakeshore and in even more remote areas. Travelers Cheques or foreign cash hard currency notes are generally accepted. In case you have dollars to pay for your tours and accommodation, please note that that $1 bills will not be taken or exchanged; the minimum domination able to be changed is $5. Avoid black market currency traders. There is just no limit to the amount of foreign currency imported, but it must be declared and accounted for on departure.

The only MK3000local currency may be exported. There are 24-hour ATM’s in Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Mzuzu. Only local money is dispensed, and that is limited to approximately the equivalent (depending on exchange rates) of GB85, Euro110; US$140 in any period of twenty-four hours.

Featured Tours

11 Days Best of Malawi Safari & Tour
This trip showcases Malawi's wildlife in Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park, as well as the best of Malawi's beaches on Lake Malawi and the best of Malawi's smiling people.

10 days

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11 Days Zambia Safari & Malawi Beach
From South Luangwa National Park, in Zambia, to the perfect tranquillity of Liwonde National Park and finally ending on the natural shores of Lake Malawi.

11 days

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13 Days Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Tour
This is a superb and complete tour that allows you to see the best of Africa's best attractions in two neighbouring nations, Zambia and Malawi.

13 days

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15 Day Malawi and Zambia Adventure Safari Tour
This two-week itinerary does not only makes travelling to Malawi and Zambia easy during these uncertain times (no standing in COVID-19 testing queues during your holiday) but is also of outstanding value for a limited time only!

15 days

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8 Day Bush and Beach Safari in Warm Heart of Africa
Experience a week of complete relaxation in true remote settings. A Combination of a few days on safari in Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve, where each drive is an adventure; with a few more on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi.

8 days

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9 Day Best of Warm Heart of Africa Safari, Malawi
Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and as people, the Malawians live up to this name. They are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are many market scenes, road side stalls, cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit.

9 days

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