From Lake Malawi, the dramatic peaks of Mt Mulanje; the rolling grasslands of Nyika Plateau and the wildlife translocations programmes in Liwonde, Majete and Nkhotakota that have gained international acclaim, Malawi has become a must on your travel wish list. It has a growing amount of superb and varied accommodation to match its attractions, including some new safari lodges and well-established beach lodges.
Be prepared to be welcomed with open arms with the greeting of “Takulandirani muli bwanji?” (Welcome, how are you?) combined with the best of Malawian hospitality. Just think of how at home you will feel in the country with the warmest heart of Africa. Here are some of the idyllic properties in the country you need to know about.
Kuthengo Camp A brand new camp for 2018, Kuthengo, meaning 'wilderness' is mirrored perfectly in its unspoiled surroundings. This small, intimate camp islocatedon a large open plain stretching towards the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, you will find Kuthengo Camp nestled among fever trees and baobabs. With resident fish eagles nesting in the baobabs, you will be woken to ‘Africa’s voice’ calling as you rise in this wild and natural paradise. Offering genuine luxury, the camp consists of four spacious and modern safari tents are all en-suite, each with a bathtub and an outdoor shower to really experience the surroundings in peace. The limited number of tents makes it exclusively available for a maximum of 10 guests at one time, giving you a chance to fully retreat.
Liwonde National Park promises adventurous game drives, breathtaking walking safaris or tranquil boat cruises along the grand Shire River, there is something for everyone.
Kachenga Bush Camp
Kachenga Bush Camp opened last year, consists of 3 chalets and is centrally located in the rugged wilderness of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, in a tranquil setting with views out to Kasukusuku Mountain. Each self-contained chalet has a similar layout, comprising 2 bedrooms, communal lounge area, bathroom and kitchen. If you fancy cooking a family meal, the chalets are well suited to self-catering guests with all cooking facilities provided. Kachenga also has a separate camping area with shared facilities, the large braai area and fire pit is ideal to for a culinary experience of cooking in the wild. There is a quaint bar where you can relax with a G&T and take in the tranquility and share stories of the day’s adventures.
Makuzi Beach Lodge
Makuzi Beach Lodge Still owned and run by the family that established it over 25 years ago, Makuzi offers one of Malawi’s only private white sand beaches and provides guests with a secluded retreat and wonderful views of Lake Malawi. The eco-friendly lodge has three stylish en suite thatched executive chalets and eight standard en suite chalets all nestled in manicured gardens overlooking the lake’s warm, clear waters. There’s a wide variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or just wallowing in the lake. Makuzi holds Yoga and Meditation Retreats offering daily classes from its on-site Yoga Teacher or you can relax with a massage. Makuzi Beach is involved in a number of community projects with which guests can take part in. One project run by the community is the village tour and includes a museum and a taste of the local cuisine.