Popular Routes – Malawi
Popular Routes Where Wildlife Viewing Is a Major Part of the Tour
Malawi is a small, narrow state encompassing Lake Malawi for about two-thirds of its length. The country is a very popular backpacker destination and there are several locations on the lake catering to this market. To see most of the highlights, a self-drive package or a custom tour is recommended.
Due to the geography of Malawi, the obvious two circuits are those centered on the south and the north, as described below. It is, however, easy to combine some elements of both and make a longer trip covering the whole country. In which case, it would make sense to book at least one flight to avoid too much backtracking.
Malawi’s South (1.5 to 2 weeks)
Arriving at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre (BLZ), you’re in striking distance of Malawi’s most exciting wildlife and hiking destinations.
Malawi’s North (1.5 to 2 weeks)
After arriving in Lilongwe International Airport (LLW), head east to the lake.
Having come all the way to the north of the country, you could take a charter flight back to Lilongwe directly, or via Liwonde National Park or Majete Wildlife Reserve for some top-quality wildlife viewing. If you are driving back south, break the trip at one of the resort areas on the lake, in Chintheche for example.
Malawi’s Flying Safari (1 week)
Ulendo Airlink offers scheduled flights to some of the top destinations and lodges in the country. If time is a constraint and budget allows, this is a very productive way to see Malawi’s highlights. Malawi is a small country so all hops will be short and can be done in any order depending on the flight schedules. The destinations covered by this service are Lilongwe, Likoma Island, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and the Southern lake shore. Ulendo Airlink also offers a scheduled flight to Lukuzi in South Luangwa, Zambia as part of this circuit. On top of this scheduled circuit they also offer non-scheduled chartered flights to Nyika National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which make these easy destinations to add on.