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You could be forgiven for overlooking this less visited African country, and you'd certainly be missing out on a real treat if you did. Most well know for 'the lake' the 500km long lake is the heart of the country and offers some of the most amazing experiences to be found anywhere. Whether it's kayaking along the stunning shore, diving or snorkelling the crystal clear water or just relaxing on the beaches, Lake Malawi is truly a memorable experience. Away from the lake, the Liwonde National Park is home to the 'big 5' - lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo. The dramatic mountain scenery around Nyika National Park offers some of the most enjoyable hiking routes in the whole of Africa.

Malawi has so much to offer anyone willing to take the plunge. Whether it's trekking in the highland wilderness, swimming in the warm blue waters of Lake Malawi, or just relaxing and soaking up the uniquely vibrant culture of this alluring country, you're sure to leave with a longing to return.


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Is it safe to visit Malawi?

Malawi is a safe country to visit, as the crime rate is extremely low and the people are welcoming.

What is the official currency of Malawi?

The currency used in Malawi is the Malawian kwacha (MWK), which is subdivided into 100 tambala.

When is the best time of the year to visit Malawi?

From November to April, Malawi is hot and experiences a summer rainfall season. To avoid this, it is best to visit Malawi during the drier months, from early May to late October.

What should you wear in Malawi?

There is no strict dress code in Malawi, but women might feel more comfortable to wear conservative clothing in the towns. You should also avoid blue or black clothing, as this is thought to attract tsetse flies.

Can you drink the tap water in Malawi?

The tap water in Malawi is not safe for drinking unless it has been filtered or boiled. Bottled water is widely available, except in some remote areas.


There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!


Malawi Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +265
Area: 118,484 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Malawi is the junction of the Shire River and the border of Mozambique at 37m (121 ft.) | The highest point in Malawi is Sapitwa Peak, Mulanje 3,002m (9,849 ft.)
Population: 19,164,728 (2018)
Capital: Lilongwe
Governemnt: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary state
Language: English, Chewa

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a country in Southeast Africa. It is a landlocked country that is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique on the east, south and west, and Tanzania to the northeast. Lake Malawi takes up about a third of Malawi's area. The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe, which is also the largest city in the country.

The economy in Malawi relies mainly on agriculture, and it is among the world's least developed countries. The Great Rift Valley runs through the country, to the east of Lake Malawi - one of the deepest lakes in the world. To the south of Lake Malawi lie the Shire Highlands. In this area, the Zomba and the Mulanje mountain peaks are situated.

The climate of Malawi is hot in the low-lying areas and more temperate in the Northern Highlands. The country has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include the Lake Malawi National Park and the Chongoni Rock Art Area. There are five national parks, four wildlife and game reserves, and two other protected areas scattered throughout the country.

The main religion practised in Malawi is Christianity, and there is a significant Muslim minority. The official language spoken in Malawi is English, and major languages include Chichewa - a language spoken by over 57% of the population. The indigenous ethnic groups of Malawi are known for skills such as basketry and mask carving. As a result of the friendly locals, the country is nicknamed 'The warm heart of Africa'.


  • Liwonde National Park – a traditional wildlife park in Southern Malawi, home to hippos, crocodiles and 500-plus elephants.
  • Nkhata Bay – a Malawian port town by Lake Malawi, with a harbour and sheltered bays.
  • Livingstonia – a town in the district of Rumphi, built by Scottish missionaries, and named after Dr David Livingstone.
  • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – a wildlife sanctuary in Lilongwe, which protects Malawi's wildlife and rehabilitates injured animals.
  • Parliament Building – the national parliament near Capital Hill, on the outskirts of Lilongwe, offering guided tours.
  • Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga – a cultural centre and museum in Karonga District, promoting Karonga's culture and heritage.
  • Kamuzu Mausoleum – a marble and granite mausoleum that is the resting place of president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
  • Nyika National Park – the oldest reserve in Malawi on the Zambian border with grassland and a wooded valley.


  • Keep an eye on your valuables, especially when exploring crowded areas at night.
  • Malaria is a risk in Malawi, so consult your doctor for medication before you travel.
  • Bring a filter or purification tablets for areas where bottled water is not sold.
  • Hippos and crocodiles are dangerous – never approach them or swim in Lake Malawi after 4pm.
  • Tipping is not compulsory but is appreciated and service charges are often not included.
  • Pack repellent and long-sleeved clothing to protect your ankles and wrists from mosquitoes.
  • Blackouts can happen quite often, so you should bring a torch or a headlamp.
  • Do not take photographs of the local people without asking their permission first.

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.


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