The Republic of Malawi may be a landlocked country but you could be excused for mistaking it to be a coastal country given the dominance of the huge Lake Malawi which separates Malawi from Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. The lake, which is one of the deepest in the world, makes up three quarters of Malawi’s eastern side and creates a magical lakeside landscape with lush green forests and crystal clear warm water. The Great Rift Valley is another dominant geographical feature which runs through the country form the north to the south creating mountainous sections with the Zomba and Mulanje peaks being the two highest.

The nickname for Malawi is the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and the lush surrounds make for a rural atmosphere with a relaxed way of life and friendly locals.

Lake Malawi National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains an abundance of fauna and flora and is especially noteworthy as it contains a large amount of fish species which are endemic to the lake. These fish are as important to the study of evolution as the finches found on Galapagos Island. Habitat types in the park include sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, woodlands and wetlands.

Areas to the south of Lake Malawi are characterised by the rolling lands of the Shire Highlands. The country is characterised by an equatorial climate with vast tropical forests and prolific supply of bananas and paw paws which grow freely in many parts. Leisurely cruises along Lake Malawi are a highly recommended way to explore the country side.

Nkwichi is set on a beautiful beach on the Mocambican side of Lake Malawi and it's seclusion is such that there are no roads within 10 miles of the lodge – ensuring the kind of romantic remoteness that discerning travellers expect. It was built and designed to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding scenery – as well as the Manda Game Reserve, which surrounds the lodge – adding to the sheer African appeal of this bespoke destination. Nkwichi is the perfect hideaway on just about every level, and this property is enveloped by sandy beaches and rocky outcrops. Read More

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A magical lake-side retreat on an island in Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa is the ultimate relaxing getaway. Rustic luxury is the theme linking the individual chalets and houses set in secluded locations beside the two beaches or perched on rocky knolls with stunning views over Lake Malawi to the mainland of Mozambique or Malawi. An hour’s flight by light aircraft from Lilongwe airport to Likoma island, it’s a unique place to unwind after a safari vacation. Read More