Although a relatively small and unknown tourist destination, the country has a lot of beauty to offer.
Despite it’s size, the landscape of Malawi is very interesting and includes sparse highlands, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Malawi (which takes up a fifth of the country’s entire land mass).
Although a very poor country, the locals are renowned for the friendliness towards tourists.
Lake Malawi National Park is popular with tourists for diving and boating, with clear waters and diverse wildlife in and out of the water.
Compared to Australia, the cost of living in Malawi is pretty cheap. According to Numbeo, the living costs in Malawi are 30-60% lower than Australia.
Top Things to See & Do in Malawi:
- Lake Malawi
- Lake Malawi National Park
- Majete Wildlife Reserve
- Mt Mulanje
- Liwonde National Park
- Nyika National Park
The best time to visit Malawi is between May – late October.
During this time, you are blessed with the drier Winter months which gives you warm sunny days near the beach (Lake Malawi).
It also tends to be the best time for game viewing / safari too.
Note that it can get a bit chilly at night in the Northern parts of Malawi.
Avoid travelling to Malawi during the mid-summer months (Jan – Feb) as it can get VERY hot and humid, nearly unbearable to most tourists. The risk of getting Malaria is also heightened during this time.
NOTE: Malawi is within the “moderate” risk zone for Malaria, so ensure to pack anti-malaria tablets and take as prescribed.
Best transport options:
- Join a group tour / day trip and let them do the driving
- Hire a car & drive with a buddy (but not at night)
- Local flights between the main cities
- Bicycle (mountain bike)
- Ferry (Ilala ferry)
- Bus / Coach (AXA Coach Service)
- Hike or rock-climb up Mount Malanje which is central Africa’s highest peak
- For the best game viewing and Safari’s, head to Liwonde National Park
- Go on Safari in one of Malawi’s beautiful wildlife parks
- Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking or chilling on the beach at Lake Malawi
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Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
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MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR MALAWI
Some parts of Malawi are considered moderate-risk Malaria zones.
This is why I recommend that you pack heavy duty insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and protect you throughout the night.
You can get repellents with Deet in them, or even more natural plant-based versions as shown above.
Therefore, you’ll want to ensure that you’re equipped with a durable, convenient and well protected backpack.
This backpack by Matein is great because it is durable, has lots of functional pockets for your valuables and tech, as well as zips that you can padlock together for additional safety.
You can check out some of our other recommended travel gear here.
Rainleadf Micro-fibre towels are fantastic because they take up minimal space in your backpack, dry quickly and are very absorbant.
They are perfect for travellers or campers, and give you the freedom to take part in the lake water activities without carrying around a heavy, damp or smelly bathtowel the entire time.
Amazing! Ensure to check out our Solo Travel page that is loaded with important advice & tips to know before you go.
They will help you to prepare for the journey and overcome any personal obstacles you experience during your trip.
Finding the right gear for your trip can be overwhelming and expensive – especially if you don’t know where to start.
On our Travel Gear page, I list my favourite travel gear and accessories to help you narrow down the field, save money and buy quality gear at reasonable prices.
There’s no doubt that planning and booking your trip is the most exciting part for any new adventure.
Here I outline 20 steps that you need to know in order to plan and book a successful trip & have fun whilst doing it.