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MALAWI TOURS

Our Malawi tours explore the highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and the enormous Lake Malawi.

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 known for 'the lake' - the 500km long Lake Malawi is the heart of the country and a Malawi tour 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 a truly memorable experience. Away from the lake, our Malawi tours take you to Liwonde National Park, which is home to the 'Big Five' - 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.

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Our Malawi tours have so much to offer anyone willing to take the plunge. Whether it's trekking in the highland wilderness, Malawi safari trips, 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.

Need more inspiration? Here are some quick facts that will make you want to explore Africa.

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Do you want to know more about Malawi and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Malawi tourism board for more information.

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Kenya , Malawi , Tanzania , Zambia , Zimbabwe

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B- 21, L - 21, D - 20

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Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Diving & Snorkelling, Zanzibar, Serengeti National Park, Ngoro...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

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.

Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.

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Factfile


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'.

Highlights

  • 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.

Tips

  • 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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