Safari Ranking: 1 = Ok, 5 = Excellent
- Road Conditions
Mostly tar with pot holes. Some steep hills (4x4 necessary). Busy with people.
Well organised in good locations. Generally with facilities.
- Lodges & Hotels
Good variety in the parks. Less options available in between parks.
- Route Finding
Not difficult but some roads/parks will require good map skills.
Please note that the above is an
indication of the general conditions
The Warm Heart of Africa
Malawi has earned itself the title of 'The Warm Heart of Africa', and quite rightly so. The place, people, history, culture and the attractions combined make Malawi one of the most welcoming places in Africa.
On the whole the roads are very good but it is a very hilly country so a 4WD is recommended.
The Perfect Beach Finish
Not all safari destinations have the pleasure of providing their guests with a beach finish, often travellers will have to fly elsewhere to find this. However, NOT in Malawi! Known as the Lake of Stars, Lake Malawi offers the idyllic end to your trip with accommodation from guesthouses to luxury lodges to private islands.
Watch a short video from one of our favourite lodges, Pumulani. This lodge is a perfect place to finish your self drive safari. A lovely relaxing spot on Lake Malawi.
Highlights - What can I see in Malawi?
Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Malawi. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and if there are other places you are keen to visit and would like further information please let us know and we'll be happy to help.
Malawi's trademark attraction, this world famous & stunning lake offers the perfect beach finish to your safari.
Majete National Park
Majete National Park is divine, and the revival of game here make it one of Malawi's premier game-viewijng regions.
This beautiful national park is not only stunning to look at but has some of the best scenic walks in Malawi.
Liwonde National Park
One of Malawi's most enchanting national parks, offering fine birdlife & wildlife, the park is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Nyika National Park
Situated in northern Malawi, you will find Malawi's largest national park, Nyika - home to the famous Nyika plateau.
The lake is home to a variety of islands, many of which now have lodges. Staying on these beautiful island paradises is a great way to finish a self drive journey.
15 Nights / 635 Miles / No previous experience necassary
This self-drive route explores the best of Southern Malawi. You will drive to the big five destination of Majete Wildlife Reserve and stay at Robin Pope Safaris’ property Mkulumadzi to soak up the best of the guides’ knowledge. You can then set off for two nights camping in a community run campsite, the perfect base from which to explore this great park in your own vehicle . You then spend two nights at Satemwa Tea Estates before heading off to Liwonde via Zomba Plateau. End your trip with a battery recharging two nights on the exclusive and private Mumbo Island in Lake Malawi.
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15 Nights / 745 Miles / No previous experience necassary
On this safari you will follow the outline of the lakeshore as you head north through the Viphya Mountains to Nyika Plateau via the beach. This mountainous route is great for walkers, hikers and birders. The birdlife in Malawi is especially superb for Southern Africa. There is also the opportunity for some water-sports before heading back south to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for three nights of game viewing on the Bua River.
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