Malawi can now hold her head up as one of the best countries to have an overall safari, offering the best of both worlds, with amazing safari experiences, horse riding and a beach holiday, on the shores of Lake Malawi.
What I enjoy most though, is the fact that Malawi still offers the old fashioned, slightly raw type of safari, where you can actually spend time with the people, perhaps at the markets, or at a pottery centre – its not the general type of safari which is often so sanitised these days – its the real thing!
With the recent addition of two spectacular lodges being the Mkulumadzi Lodge which opened last year on the banks of the Shire River in the Majete Reserve, this is a very exciting development for Malawi and it tourism, as Malawi has always suffered from not offering a big five wildlife experience. This country is one of the most beautiful in Africa, without a doubt, only surpassed by the kindness and hospitality of its people.
Majete Reserve has been brought back from the brink and with the reintroduction of more than 3,000 animals from other areas of Malawi and neighbouring countries, Mkulumadzi offers a wonderful and varied safari experience in a true and remote wilderness – one has the chance to see black rhino, elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, zebra, warthog, sable, waterbuck, impala and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and all these animals can be seen by open vehicle, on foot and by boat.
The Lodge itself consists of eight large, open-fronted chalets with huge bathrooms and outdoor showers and decks looking out over the river. Then we have Nkhotakota wildlife reserve where there is the lovely Tongole Lodge –where one can fly camp beneath the stars and undertake some excellent walking amongst wildlife ! Malawi is so often overlooked but a stay at Mkulumadzi and Nkhotakota followed by a few days on the lake shores would make for a very different, remote and authentic experience. Safari Malawi is now firmly on the list!