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Malawi Safari

​Malawi has experienced an incredible wildlife transformation over the last few years, making a Malawi safari holiday a unique and exciting experience.

Numerous wildlife reintroductions and translocations to several protected areas have included the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as well as cheetah, giraffe and a variety of antelope species. Once considered to be a destination for a third of fourth visit to Africa, Malawi now offers a rewarding first safari experience.

The increased wildlife is matched by a great choice of safari accommodation, including mid-range and top end luxury lodges and camps. This is ideal for adventurous family holidays to Malawi and provides true romance for couples and Malawi honeymoons.

This safari revival can be largely attributed to the exceptional conservation work of African Parks, an internationally renowned non-profit organisation, which is responsible for the management of 4 of Malawi’s key protected areas - Majete Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and Mangochi Forest Reserve. To find out more about the African Parks story read our article where to see the Big 5 in Malawi.

The safari experience offered in Malawi is made even more captivating by the variety of habitats and safari activities. You can go in search of animals on traditional 4x4 game drives, on a boat safari, walking safari, or even explore by canoe or mountain bike. Each of the country’s premier protected areas is unique, with its own highlights with respect to the iconic animal species found there. This makes it well worth considering combining more than one area in your itinerary.

Malawi leaves you spoilt for choice. The pleasure of a boat cruise on the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, teeming with hippos and crocodiles, and drawing an abundance of antelope species, elephants, and spectacular birdlife. Nyika National Park, possibly one of Africa’s most unique safari experiences, with its rolling hills, grazed by herds of roan, eland, zebra and a variety of other species. Now fully restored to its former glory, Majete Wildlife Reserve, has witnessed reintroductions of thousands of animals, including lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino, elephant, cheetah and giraffe. Alternatively, escape to the vast 1,800 square kilometres of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, for unrivalled tranquillity in this little visited haven for nature.

Malawi has undoubtedly emerged from the shadows of some of the neighbouring safari giants, such as Tanzania and Zambia, and has become the all-round destination, with something for everyone.

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