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Horse Riding

There are a few places around Malawi where horse riding can be enjoyed – scenic locations that can be leisurely explored on horseback. Beginners are welcome and rides will be adapted to suit ability. The Kande Horse stables are close to the shores of Lake Malawi, between Chintheche and Dwangwa and offer fantastic horse riding experiences into the bush, along the beach and even into the waters of the Lake. Kande Horse also have their own Stables Guest House providing accommodation, though guests at all the nearby lakeshore lodges can easily visit the stables.

On Zomba Plateau there is a stables which offers rides through the forest at all levels of experience. Horses have also recently been introduced to the Viphya Highlands by Luwawa Forest Lodge, who are now offering day-rides from the lodge and aim to introduce trails lasting a number of days, including one lasting a few days and going all the way down to Lake Malawi.

Although there used to be a highly regarded horse safari operation in the Nyika National Park, that is not currently running.

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Chintheche offers some of the best beaches on Lake Malawi, with a collection of luxury lodges right by the shore.

Viphya Plateau

The forested Viphya is a wonderful area for those seeking a combination of stunning scenery and solitude, with opportunities for trekking, mountain biking and various other activities.

Zomba Plateau

Known for its views, Zomba Plateau is a great slab of a mountain with vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress and criss-crossed by streams with tumbling waterfalls and still lakes.

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Walking & Trekking

Malawi has such beautiful and varied scenery throughout, that walking and trekking is popular at pretty much any location, even along the lakeshore.


As well as Lake Malawi, rivers and smaller lakes and reservoirs provide varied fishing opportunities. Light tackle will cover most situations.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

The change in scene over relatively short distances, and the varied terrain, make Malawi a great country for cycling.

Climbing & Abseiling

With its variety of mountains and highlands, it's no surprise that Malawi has a few places that can offer some great climbing experiences.