Malawi

Barefoot Safaris offer a number of full or half day trips in Malawi from our base in Lilongwe.

  

Welcome to the beautiful country of Malawi!

Barefoot Safaris & Adventure Tours not only offer safaris in Malawi, but also game viewing, walking, hiking, scuba diving courses, bird watching, boat cruises, cycling, fishing and other adventure activities for all the family. We run scheduled trips with published itineraries, but are also able to tailor make a trip to your own personal requirements, not only in Malawi but, in Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. For further information and or enquiries please contact: enquiries@barefoot-safaris.com

Malawi, lying within the tropics at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, is affectionately referred to as ‘The warm heart of Africa’; not only is the climate warm, but Malawians really are among the friendliest people you could hope to meet. Anyone who enjoys scenic beauty will find the country richly endowed; from forested reserves, National Parks and broad highlands to the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi.

Malawi has a lot more to offer than just a beach holiday. There are many exciting & varied options for the adventure, leisure or business traveller. Barefoot Safaris & Adventure Tours can co-ordinate these various aspects into many of our itineraries or even tailor make a trip to your own personal requirements. Horse riding in Nyika National Park, climbing Mount Mulanje (Central Africa’s highest mountain), kayaking on Lake Malawi, sailing, walking safaris and mobile safaris are all available in Malawi and of course we also offer classic camping safaris. At Barefoot Safaris and Adventure Tours we use qualified, trained and English speaking guides to ensure your experience of Africa is something very special. An adventure we hope you will not forget.

Lengwe National Park: Lengwe National Park is the northernmost limit in Africa where the beautiful Nyala antelope can be found. With the parks dense vegetation sighting animals is more challenging than in Malawi's other national parks although the parks bird life is very attractive, with over 300 species recorded. This 887km2 national park lies along the Mozambican border west of the Shire River. Only the eastern extension of the park has been developed for tourism, but within this small area there is a good network of roads, as well as several viewing hides and a camp and campsite. With a ranger it is possible to hike all day in this majestic park.

Majete Wildlife Reserve: This Reserve can be found forty miles south of Blantyre in the Lower Shire Valley, just off the M1 road. Many animals have relatively recently been trans-located into Majete and the Reserve's infrastructure has been much upgraded, including the construction and maintenance of 150km of new roads.

Majete boasts two black rhinoceroses, 73 elephants, over 350 buffalo many waterbuck, sable antelope, nyala, zebra, Liechtenstein’s hartebeest, kudu, and many more species. It is estimated that over 2000 animals now roam the 14,000 ha Sanctuary, making Majete Wildlife Reserve a unique place with a very well-balanced eco system.

Liwonde National park: Although only 220 sq miles (580 sq km), Liwonde is perhaps the most popular of all Malawi’s game parks. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Blantyre and only rather more than half that distance from the hotels on the southern Lakeshore.

Game viewing is enhanced as a consequence of the Shire River flowing along its western border. The wildlife one might encounter includes quite large numbers of elephant, hippo, crocodile. kudu, sable and bushbuck. There are lions and leopards, although it is very unlikely that they will be seen, but more recently, the black rhino has been re-introduced. Birdlife is exceptionally varied. The river attracts fish eagles and weaver birds build their nests in the thin woodland. Pel’s fishing owl is often seen at dusk along the river’s edge.

Lake Malawi: This National Park, was appointed as a national park in 1980 to protect the unique diversity of tropical fish inhabiting its waters, nearly all of them being endemic to the park, which makes the underwater game viewing just as spectacular as the game viewing on land.

The Lake occupies one fifth of Malawi’s total landmass, stretching 575 kilometres in length and 85 kilometres at its widest point. The 23,000 square kilometres of this vast inland sea, is fed by 14 rivers but drained by only one, the Shire. This sluggish river begins its course to the sea at the lake's southern tip, and odd though it may seem, accounts for the dispersal of only one per cent of the lake’s volume. The lake has witnessed bloody massacres between tribes now long disappeared, as well as the horrific Arab slave trade, which terrorised its inhabitants and resulted in a large proportion of them converting to Islam. It was even the scene of the first naval ‘battle’ and British victory of the First World War! The third largest in Africa, Lake Malawi ranks twelfth in size in world terms, and is the fourth deepest. One important feature is the abundance of fish - over 350 endemic species!  Senga Bay is essentially a large inlet at the eastern end of the peninsula that juts into the lake from Salima, and provides excellent beaches and crystal-clear water. It’s the perfect place for a sunset boat cruise (optional).  The area is a popular destination for water sports, such as water-skiing, snorkelling, or windsurfing and is the perfect retreat for visitors with its sandy beaches, calm waters, rocky coves and a plethora of tropical fish. We have the opportunity of visiting the only cichlids fish farm in Malawi or to participate in the water sports optional.

Vwaza Wildlife Reserve: The vegetation in Vwasa Wildlife Reserve consists mainly of plain and marsh. The parks birdlife is plentiful, with more than 300 recorded species. Herds of thirty or forty elephants are regularly seen and Lake Kazuni is famous for its hippo population.

Nyika National Park: Nyika is Malawi's largest park with an area of no less than 3200 km². The name, Nyika means "where the water comes from" as the plateau's elevation makes it wetter. There is a wide variety of wildlife to be seen and the majestic scenery of Nyika National Park makes your visit worthwhile. At the heart of the park, averaging over 2000m in altitude, lies the gently undulating Nyika Plateau, where montane grassland and fern heather communities, notable for their prolific wild flowers during the rainy season, are interspersed with isolated stands of indigenous forest and exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations.

Mount Mulanje: Mulanje is one of the most picturesque towns in the whole of Malawi set amid tea estates at the southern base of the country. It is visited by most people who plan to hike on Malawi’s highest mountain. Mulanje Mountain is the rugged island in the sky high above the gentle tea-growing country of Thyolo and Mulanje districts, the oldest tea in Africa. The heights of a staggeringly proportioned granite outcrop dominate the eastern skyline. This is the Mulanje Massif, the highest mountain in Central Africa, rising almost 2km above the surrounding Phalombe Plain to an altitude of 3002m.

Zomba Plateau: Zomba Mountain rises immediately to the northeast of Zomba Town. It is one of the most popular areas in Malawi for walking and hiking. Zomba is noted mostly for its scenery and birds, but a good variety of mammals are present in small numbers. Leopards are seen from time to time, as well as the bushbuck, klipspringer and red duiker which are Antelope species. Monkeys and baboons are reasonably common in Zomba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malawi & Zambia: Explorers Africa

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Malawi Lodge Safari (LS)

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Malawi & Zambia: Geographical Tour (MAZ)

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African Proverbs

“The man who wanted to gather too much honey was stung by the bees”

“He is so poor that he lacks everything; even sleep”

He who wants rain must put up with wind”

“The Axe forgets but not the tree”

“Two cocks in a hen-house never crow”

 

Swallow-tailed bee-eater

Common Waterbuck

Hippo

Livingstonia

Elephant

Mount Mulanje

Walking in Vwaza Marsh

Nyika Plateau

Website designed and maintained by Nathan Dixey

Last updated 15th January 2017

All Photographs © Nathan Dixey & Ken Smith 2017

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