Malawi Safaris

Malawi Overview

Malawi has the most awesome scenery in all of Africa. The Lake Malawi is one of the most famous attractions of the country that you can enjoy when you book a Malawi safari & tour. You can experience freshwater scuba diving to even visit the beautiful beaches of the country.

Why Visit Malawi?

Our Malawi safari trips take you to the Majete Game reserve and the Liwonde National Park, where you can get to see the great elephant herds of Malawi. The natural beauty of the country that is diverse with lakes, beaches, and islands can be enjoyed during your holiday.

Where To Go In Malawi?

When To Visit Malawi

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.

Malawi Travel Advice

Visas

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.

Language

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.

Currency

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.

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Our Malawi Safari Itineraries

9 Days
Malawi
Classic

Best of Warm Heart of Africa Safari, Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country, running down the end of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus… Find out more
8 Days
Malawi
Classic

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… Find out more
10 Days
Malawi
Classic

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. Find out more
15 Days
MW, ZM
Classic

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! Leaving aside the… Find out more
13 Days
MW, ZM
Classic

Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Beach 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. When it comes to African Safari, it has some of the best wildlife regions. With… Find out more
11 Days
MW, ZM
Classic

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. South Luangwa National Park, which indicates the end of the Great Rift African Valley, is… Find out more

Recommended Accommodation

Mkulumadzi Lodge,

Majete Wildlife Reserve

The lodge has eight superb chalets, each with spacious living quarters and a private viewing deck. Guests can swim in our pool, dine under the stars, enjoy river cruises, game drives and walking safaris. Majete Wildlife Reserve is a vast region of mature woodland and granite hills, picturesque river valleys and dense forest. It is home to the elusive black rhino, along with elephant, buffalo, nyala, sable, eland and hartebeest. There are plans to reintroduce lion, leopard and cheetah in…
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Blue Zebra Island Lodge,

Nankoma Island

The perfect getaway for nature lovers looking for a combination of adventure and relaxation in a tranquil, private setting. Exclusively situated on Nankoma Island, a wild paradise in Lake Malawi National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site). Unobtrusive and eco-friendly, operating on solar power. Offering a unique and sustainable travel experience, Blue Zebra is a conservation driven lodge working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Malawi to protect three islands making up the Marelli group: Nankoma, Maleri, and…
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Mumbo Island Camp,

Mumbo Island

Mumbo is a pristine island in Lake Malawi National Park which, with its crystal-clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, offers some of the best freshwater scuba diving in the world and the best snorkelling on the Lake. The island lies 10km northwest of Cape Maclear, where reception and the nearest point of road access are located. The camp comprises five units (two twin tents and three twin reed chalets) perched on rocks high above the water shaded by…
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Mvuu Lodge,

Liwonde National Park

Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water in an area of captivating variety and beauty. It has an extensive wildlife library and telescope to make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that moves around the river. Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomises the large numbers of pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. In this lush and…
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Wines and Wings Guest House,

Lilongwe

In the heart of Area 12, 5-minute walk from The Four seasons centre, 15-minute walk from The Golden Peacock Shopping Centre. City Centre is about 20-minute walk, we are a few kilometres from Kumbali and have a supermarket 50 metres from the house. The house has 6 staff to help cook, clean and look after you. Our home is well furnished and comfortable, with a pool, lovely garden, good social areas, modern kitchen, fast Wi-Fi, DSTV and is a top…
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The Makokola Retreat,

Lake Malawi

Welcome to The Makokola Retreat. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of southern Lake Malawi. They provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture, and tradition. While staying with them, fill every moment with a sense of natural connection in their wonderful retreat. The retreat is on a lake that is beautiful almost beyond belief. Its waters are the habitat of more…
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Latitude 13 Degrees Hotel,

Lilongwe, Malawi

Latitude 13 Hotel is the best place to stay in Lilongwe for clients going to or coming from Lake Malawi. This hotel is more stylish, yet simple and spacious, allowing you to enjoy a perfect stay in a quiet, leafy lane on the northern edge of Malawi’s capital city, and between Kamuzu Airport and central Lilongwe. An 18-meter pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre only a hop, skip and jump from your front door are also one of the features at…
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Pumulani Lodge,

Lake Malawi

Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. David Livingstone famously named Lake Malawi “The Lake of Stars” and for good reason, during the day the light dances across the deep blue water and once the sun has set the stars to twinkle brightly…
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Kuthengo Camp,

Liwonde National Park

Located on a large open plain stretching towards the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, you will find Kuthengo Camp nestled among Fever trees and Baobabs. With resident fish eagles nesting in these Baobabs, you will be woken to ‘Africa’s voice’ calling as you rise in this wild and natural paradise. Our four spacious and modern safari tents are all en-suite, each with a bathtub and an outdoor shower. Cool off in our plunge pool in the hotter months and…
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Why Choose Absolute Zambia Safaris?

Absolute Zambia Safaris is a specialist in bespoke and private safaris in Zambia. Through our large safari operators, we proudly assist our guests in designing custom-made safaris.

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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