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Kate's Malawi Guide- Much Better Adventures
Posted on: Friday, June 03, 2011
Blog Category: 'Responsible Travel'

By Kate Webb, The Responsible Safari Company, March 2011.


Kate's Malawi Guide- Much Better Adventures

Why do I love Malawi

I love the extreme diversity of Malawi. Morning dive in Lake Malawi and evening safari in Liwonde National Park. Morning Mulanje Mountain and afternoon biking in Zomba. It constantly surprises me!

Highlights in Malawi

Southern Malawi Tea Estates: The scenery is stunning, the lodges small and romantic, the activities chilled but endless, the atmosphere incredible. Hiking, biking, quadbiking around Satemwa Tea Estate- idyllic holiday adventure travel!

Diving Lake Malawi: Apart from it being the cheapest place in the world to gain your PADI open water diving certificate it is also one of the most beautiful. The fresh waters of Lake Malawi are teeming with fish, most famous are the hundreds of species of brightly coloured Cyclid Fish. Best spots for diving are Cape Maclear (Southern) and Nkhata Bay (Northern).

Domwe Island Lake Malawi: Kayaking to Domwe is awesome. You can’t spot the tiny beach and stilted rooms until you round the final rock and it all comes into sight. Domwe is Malawi’s robinson crusoe island. The kayak trip there is short (about 45minutes) but great fun with a group and if you hold onto to your kayaks for your stay at Domwe there are other islands to kayak to and fantastic snorkelling around Domwe.

Livingstonia: There is a tiny little place called Lukwe Eco-Camp tucked into the side of Livingstonia in Northern Malawi. It is basic but the charm and views are unbeatable. Views down over Lake Malawi and nights spent in little wooden cabins perched on the edge of the hillside. The area is ideal for keen hikers and there are some fantastic waterfalls close by. We love Lukwe because it is simple and the environment up at Livingstonia asks for just that.

Ntchisi District: Mountain biking, hiking, strolling through the rural villages of Ntchisi must be a huge Malawi highlight. The views are magnificent the tracks and adjacent rainforest an adventure enthusiasts dream and the hospitality and food at Ntchisi Forest Lodge are unbeatable!

Favorite spot for kayaking in Malawi?*

Lake Malawi- Domwe and Mumbo Island. The clear blue waters make diving in after a long paddle so rewarding and stopping near the rocks for a snorkel and not worrying about the tide washing the kayak away- perfect! Paddling out to the islands is such an adventure and makes the first cold beer well worth it!

Favorite places to grab some food in Blantyre, Malawi?

Hidden gem, ‘Veggie Delight’ on Glynn Jones Road in Blantyre. Only locals really know about this haunt. Cheap cheap vegetarian Indian food in cool little café- and they do takeaways!

Favorite places for a drink in Blantyre, Malawi?

Has to be Doogles, in Blantyre, just had a facelift and much nicer now!

What’s the best time of year to come to ?

Hottest is November time. We love September because of blossom and scenery stunning. But cooler months of June/July when everything is still green but rains have finished is also great time of year to come. Note: December to March many tracks are not passable because of the rains.

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to?

Malawi is difficult to get to with no direct flights but it is so so worth it- if you want something different, and want to leave inspired and invigorated then come to Malawi!

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At 02:52:20 on Friday, June 24, 2011,  Bubi wrote:

Wow, that's a rlealy clever way of thinking about it!

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