Inspiration Itinerary

Warm Heart

Malawi's safari, sand and smiles

Africa's Warm Heart

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, and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake.

This example itinerary first takes in Majete National Park which is made up of mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills which teem with wildlife. As the only official Big 5 Game Park in Malawi it is a real conservation success story, now home to impressive populations of iconic African species. From here you will travel to Liwonde National Park where the Shire River’s beautiful floodplains attract great herds of elephants and boating safaris offer a fabulously serene game viewing experience. Finally, spend a couple of days on the shores of Lake Malawi where clear blue waters and sandy beaches provide the perfect destination for some well-earned R&R.

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. As you travel through the populated regions between national parks there are many market scenes, roadside stalls and cottage industries to comfortably wander and enjoy.

This itinerary takes in the very best of Malawi with its impressive wildlife conservation efforts, beautiful beaches, and wonderfully warm welcome.

You will love

  • Big 5 safari destinations
  • Inspiring conservation efforts
  • A warm, authentic welcome
  • R & R on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • The perfect ‘bush and beach’ location



On arrival, drive approximately 2.5 hours through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture, and bush to Majete Wildlife Reserve – Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve. Stay at the luxurious Mkulumadzi Lodge, located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River. Activities include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide.


Transfer to Liwonde National Park and Kuthengo Camp by road. The park offers scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching. A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the park’s healthy population of elephants. They are best viewed during a boat safari.


Drive north (around 2.5 hours) to reach the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi. This is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake while those seeking activity will enjoy snorkelling, fishing, sailing, and kayaking. Wander a couple of kilometres around the water to visit small lakeside communities who are relaxed and welcoming. Sunset dhow cruises and stargazing by telescope are a fabulous way to end the day.


Transfer by road to the airport to continue with your onward arrangements or begin your journey home.


A handpicked selection

Mkulumadzi – Majete Wildlife Reserve

Accessed by a swinging rope bridge, Mkulumadzi boasts a wild location on the banks of the Shire River in Majete Wildlife reserve. Game drives regularly produce sightings of black rhino, leopard, lion and elephant. Largely undiscovered by tourists, every trip into the bush feels like an adventure. Read More

Kuthengo Camp – Liwonde National Park

Kuthengo Camp overlooks a floodplain of the Shire River, in a remote area of the unspoiled Liwonde National Park frequented by large herds of elephants. With just four widely spaced tents it so private and quiet that it’s likely you won’t see another soul and it will feel as though you have the whole park to yourself. Read More

Pumulani – southern shores of Lake Malawi

Pumulani is situated at the south end of Lake Malawi, set high above the lake with magnificent views. The beauty of this lake is indescribable. The sparkling turquoise and deep blue colours shimmering over the water, the clear blue skies and the panoramic vistas truly make you feel like you are in paradise. Read More


9 days

9 days

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only.

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