Irresistibly beautiful Malawi is the Scotland of Africa (but with fewer midgies and considerably better weather). Zebras canter across gorgeous highland landscapes, which tumble down into the ludicrously turquoise waters of the calendar lake- 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. Here there are are a scattering of beautifully untouched villages, and ravishingly rustic lodges on the shore of Lake Malawi: think Robinson Crusoe, with a little extra romance and soul. We’ve never stayed anywhere quite so peaceful.
Malawi: not just a lake
Tea-tipplers should head up to the hills for the perfect cuppa amongst the plantations, and for those who want an off the beaten track safari, Malawi is the perfect option. In Liwonde National Park kingfishers swoop and hippos wallow, while Mkulumadzi is the wilderness destination of choice for those who want to beat the crowds to the bush. It’d be fair to say that Malawi is more about wilderness than pure wildlife, so if you want big game, consider combining Malawi with the South Luangwa in Zambia.
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