Malawi is a genuine hidden gem in Africa – small, but beautiful, varied and welcoming it is a destination guaranteed to make the perfect escape. Being one of the safest and friendliest countries in all Africa, Malawi is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’. Its world renowned lake, landscapes, wildlife and culture make it an exclusive and alluring honeymoon destination for any couple.
Malawi is an all-year-round destination. The cooler months (May-October) are more comfortable for travellers from the UK when temperatures are a pleasant 25°C, but the lush green summer (November-April) is also a good time to visit if care is taken to avoid mosquito bites.
May and June combine the best of both seasons, cooler and still green with great visibility. Game viewing is best in the hotter months of the dry season when the animals can be seen around water sources.
Airlines flying to Malawi from the UK are Ethiopian airlines (via Addis Ababa), KLM (via Nairobi with Kenyan Airways), South African Airways (via Johannesburg). Flights times are around 12 hours, and include one stop. Most flights land at Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, but several flights also land at Blantyre in the south.
For a small country, Malawi has a remarkable array of activities to offer its visitors. The national parks, diverse landscapes and huge lake provide the foundation for the great choice of safaris, water sports and outdoor activities. Lake Malawi provides long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore, where kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the activities available to visitors.
Malawi is also blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has nine national parks/game reserves including the world’s first water national park which boasts over 700 species of fish. The country provides intensive and exclusive wildlife viewing in unspoilt areas of genuine wilderness. All types of safaris are on offer here, on foot, on horseback, by boat, in a 4×4 and even by bike! You can see all the big mammals in Malawi, including: lions, rhino, elephants, hippo, buffalo and zebra. Plus, there’s a fantastic variety of birds with over 650-recorded species.
Malawi’s cities offer a good choice of dining options, many of which are found in hotels or resorts. In more remote areas dining is limited to restaurants within accommodation, all of which offer excellent dining experiences with varied, international cuisine. Fish from Lake Malawi is a highlight and found on all menus but, in particular, the bream-like chambo also know as tilapia is particularly delicious. Locally grown chilies are regularly used in flavorsome Malawian curries served with rice and local staple food nsima – a thick maize pancake.
Where to Stay
The main resorts in Malawi are in the south but the lake stretches from central to the northern tip of the country, where many of its finest accommodation is nestled on the shoreline.
The heart-shaped Mumbo Island in the South is the ultimate setting for romance. It accommodates fourteen guests and features tastefully furnished tents. The timber camp perched on high rocks overlooking the water where it blends with the lush foliage creates a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere of rustic charm. Also in the South is the archetypically romantic Huntingdon House. Originally a family home built in 1928, it exudes a colonial charm and ambiance of a bygone era.
Likoma Island’s Kaya Mawa honeymoon suite is located on its own island with a giant bed, a private terrace with water access, a sunken stone tub for bathing and an en suite bathroom with a view. Kaya Mawa has been voted one of the top ten ‘Most Romantic Places in the World’ by Conde Nast and in the ‘Tatler Top 101 Hotels in the World’.
Pumulani is an exclusive beach lodge within Lake Malawi National Park. It has ten villas spread out along a lush hillside with stunning lake views. Their distinctive grass roofs reflect the heat of the African sun while each villa boasts a large bedroom, a spacious living area and a private lake view deck.
Based in the stunning surroundings of Liwonde National Park, Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is small and intimate with four large en suite tents. Unique stone and thatch honeymoon suites are situated on the edge of a lagoon, off the river, each with a private view of the lagoon.
Last but not least, you have Nkwichi Lodge which is nestled in the emerald bush on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi/Lake Niassa. It offers a choice of six individually designed chalets within the main lodge and two unique private houses, perfect for honeymooners, set a short distance away. Honeymooning couples also get a discounted price on request! Now, you can’t argue with a bargain.
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