Malawi

The zomba plateau sits over the town of zomba, Malawi, green and beautiful, with a blue sky and fluffy white clouds above

5 Reasons to Make Malawi Your Next International Destination

Malawi is a small country in southern Africa that many people have never even heard of, but it has so much to offer! With a diversity of landscapes, and much fewer tourists than more popular African destinations, Malawi is an up and coming travel destination that you won’t want to miss.

Visit Malawi: Blue Zebra Island Lodge

We have twice now been to Blue Zebra Island Lodge on Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi, and both times we absolutely loved it! It has been, without question, our favorite place we’ve stayed in Malawi.

a reed and thatch lake chalet or tent sits on top of a large rock at Mumbo Island in Lake Malawi

Visit Malawi: Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island was the perfect escape for a father-son weekend with my oldest son. At Mumbo Island, we were able to unplug and unwind in one of the most beautiful spots in all of Malawi.

on safari at Liwonde National Park in Malawi an open jeep of tourists in a bare savannah watch a herd of elephants walk toward the shire river

Visit Malawi: Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is an incredible success story for Malawi. When we first visited it in 2014, there wasn’t much to see but a few antelope and some tsetse flies. The park was riddled with broken fences, wire snares, and rampant poaching. But in 2015 African Parks took over its management, and it has made a complete turnaround since then.

Monkey Bay Beach Lodge in Malawi on Lake Malawi sits in front of a hill with a bright sunny sky and large grassy lawn

Visit Malawi: Monkey Bay Beach Lodge

Monkey Bay for sure lives up to its name: it’s full of monkeys! And Monkey Bay Beach Lodge is no exception. You can watch the cheeky monkeys play in the trees while you have coffee by the shore of Lake Malawi or kayak around Monkey Bay in this cozy little gem of a lodge.

four kids children sit at a table at a Malawi roadside restaurant Kips

Eating at Malawian Roadside Restaurants

Finding yourself as an azungu (foreigner) at lunchtime far away from recognizable restaurants in the city can be intimidating. Thankfully, most small towns in Malawi have simple roadside restaurants that you can safely taste with a little bit of “need to know” information.

fishing boats waiting in Lake Malawi at Likoma Island to take passengers and cargo from the MV Ilala to the island

The Guide to Getting On and Off Malawi’s Ilala

Riding on the Ilala is an adventure, but getting on and off at Likoma Island is a WHOLE ‘NOTHER adventure of its own, and was hands-down the CRAZIEST thing we’ve EVER done. Let our experience and tips prepare you (as much as is possible) to make Likoma Island your next destination!