Africa + Indian Ocean


Horse riding, game viewing, canoeing on the lake, bird watching

A lovely country, populated by exceptionally kind and welcoming people and dominated by its beautiful, eponymous lake, Malawi is a treat for travellers in search of the less-discovered. We wouldn’t recommend it for an Africa first-timer (it has very diverse wildlife but not the classic big game viewing) although for bird watchers it’s a must: Lake Malawi is a major stopover point on the main migratory routes to South Africa.

With the Great Rift Valley running through the country, there is a fantastic diversity of terrain, from Central Africa’s highest peak, Sapitwe, to the highland plateau and stunning Lake Malawi.

The third largest lake in Africa, its translucent, pale green waters are thought to host the largest number of endemic fish of any freshwater lake in the world, while its shores of amber-coloured sand offer all that you’d expect of a beach holiday – albeit in the most incongruous setting.

Malawi is often overlooked, in favour of more celebrated neighbours, but it offers superb value for money, and is particularly good for families.

Best visited: May  to November

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Malawi excluding flights from £4200 per person.

“Chris and I had the most fantastic time - it was a trip that we will never forget.”

Crown Jewels

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

diving in lake malawi

There are over 600 species of fresh water fish in Lake Malawi, more than any other lake in the world. The diving in Africa's third largest lake is a real joy, mainly due to the fact that there is no salt, so no need for those heavy weight belts.

liwonde national park

There aren’t many places in the world where hippo snooze directly under your low slung balcony, overhanging the water. But they do here.  Or where herds of up to 40 elephant come down to the water at drinks time. But that happens here too.

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nyika plateau

This remote mountainous national park has mind blowing views. Take a mountain bike, or horse and experience the breath-taking  landscapes that are more reminiscent of Scotland than Africa.

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trek up mount mulanjE

Mulanje consists of a series of plateaux criss-crossed with deep ravines – it’s a great hike to the top. Alongside great views you may also see the Klipspringer Antelope and the black eagle, fishing for trout.

lake malawi

Beneath the mirror flat surface is the largest count of fresh water fish species to be found in any lake in the world – a diver and foodie’s paradise. What’s more, by night the lake comes alive with a mass of twinkling lights as the fishermen lay their nets.

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zomba plateau

Zomba Plateau is a great forested plateau rising to 1800m above sea level. From the top it is possible to see Lake Chilwa to the North, Mount Mulanje to the South East and the Shire River to the West. We also love great birdlife which is here in abundance.


unique malawi holiday

Africa is renowned for its impressive landscapes and exciting game viewing but also not to be missed is the opportunity to experience the cultural side of a country and the lives and traditions of the people. Africa is a rapidly changing continent and at cazenove+loyd we celebrate the chance to discover this aspect and the experiences they bring with them.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

discover Malawi

bespoke luxury safari Malawi


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Private island escape

stay on a private island in malawi

Octavia Bolithio travelled to Malawi to research some different options for clients who wanted to explore more of Malawi after a safari. Escaping to the coast, she spent a few days relaxing on Likoma Island, where she spent time snorkelling and kayaking around her private island as well as exploring the oldest cathedral in Central Africa.

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Noises in the night

luxury safari in Malawi

Laura Marsham spent a few days getting truly up close and personal with the wildlife in Malawi, and has a slightly terrifying experience (well she thought so). Throughout her trip she was truly mesmerised by the different landscapes and the persistent nature of the local fisherman trying to get the catch of the day.

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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

Jim katengu


private guided safari Malawi

Jim Katengu joined Wilderness Safaris in 1993 as a trainee waiter at Mvuu Camp. Armed with an unfailingly sunny disposition, great curiosity and a formidable work ethic, he has since become one of the most knowledgeable and sought after guides in Malawi.  At cazenove+loyd we understand the importance of a guide in making the safari memorable and rewarding and Jim is exactly the man to do this.  During your time with Jim, he will tell you tales of how he went from primary school in a rural village in Malawi, to become an internationally respected guide.  His humour and passion is inspirational which only adds to your safari experience with Jim.  
Safari with Jim Machenga combines fauna, flora, history and culture, though his personal passion is for birds.  His array of accurate bird calls is incredible, he has the ability to have his clients on the edge of their seats and can keep even the most experienced client challenged with his knowledge.  But above all, Jim has an irrepressible sense of fun which makes him one of our favourite guides particularly for families and one we wholeheartedly trust to give clients as diverse an experience of Malawi as anyone could.

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At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have details conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

kaya mawa

private beach hideaway Malawi

With a stunning backdrop of Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa on the remote Likoma Island is hands down our favourite lodge in Malawi. With a name translating to ‘maybe tomorrow’ relaxing is absolutely mandatory and staying at Kaya Mawa is true barefoot luxury, an authentic Robinson Crusoe experience with shoes very much optional.

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pumulani lodge

Private safari camp Malawi

A luxurious option on the Southern shores of Lake Malawi, the name Pumulani comes from the local word for ‘rest well’ and the lodge is nestled in the lush hills on the Nankumba Peninsula. Known for its privacy and seclusion modern rooms are incredibly spacious with wonderful views down onto the lake and its exclusive beach. A magical place.

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mkulumadzi lodge

Honeymoon lodge safari camp malawi

On the banks of the beautiful Shire River, Mkulumadzi is a new lodge in the rapidly developing but relatively unknown Majete Reserve. Unique and remote, it is the most beautiful reserve and home to an array of wildlife. For seasoned travellers it should be your next stop.

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mvuu lodge

Malawi luxury safari camp accomodation

Mvuu or ‘place of the hippo’ sits nestled overlooking the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s most exciting game viewing area. With huge numbers of hippo and crocodiles Mvuu is a fantastic place for river adventures and boasts arguably some of the best bird life in Central and Southern Africa.

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New Luxury Hotel in Malawi
Most of our clients skip past the capital city of Lilongwe in Malawi, and head straight to the National Parks due to the lack of quality or boutique hotels on offer. But a...
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