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14 Nights in Malawi | Our Malawi Family Holiday

We’ve been talking on social media about the fact that we are heading to Malawi for Easter and some of you have been asking why Malawi, or maybe why a Malawi Family Holiday? What is there in Malawi, why have you chosen Malawi as your next adventure destination? Lot of questions as to why?

The answer put simply is why not! When you see what a Malawi Family Holiday has to offer why would you not head out there and explore.

So this is the trip that Orbis Expeditions and Malawi Tourism have put together for us, and it’s a Malawi Family Holiday you could all follow.

or maybe even head off on their October Half Term adventure!

Family Trip to Malawi

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We fly with South African Airways through Johannesberg into Blanytre in Southern Malawi where our Malawi Family Holiday begins. We have chosen to spend 3 nights at our first hotel in order to allow the children some time to acclimatise and get over the long overnight flight.

So we head first to

Game Haven Lodge | Malawi Family Holiday (3 Nights)

Game Haven Lodge is a beautiful 500 acre game park and lodge, set in one of the last remaining indigenous forests and grasslands of the Shire Highlands of Southern Malawi approximately 20km from Blantyre on Chimwenya Game Park, Bvumbwe.

We will get to experience wildlife which include Giraffe, Zebra, the “big” 6 antelopes, Kudu, Eland, Roan, Sable, Nyala, Waterbuck and prolific birdlife.
At Game Haven Lodge  there are 5 luxurious en-suite cottages, each complete with fireplace and verandah with exceptional views. There is also 20 spacious executive suites.
Game Haven Lodge
From Game Haven Lodge we will visit a couple of community projects and take in a hike on Mount Mulanje before arriving at

Zomba Forest Lodge | Malawi Family Holiday (2 Nights)

Zomba Forest Lodge is a cosy and intimate guest house nestled in 20 acres of mixed woodland. A perfect forest retreat where relaxation is guaranteed being completely off-grid and with no electricity, Zomba Forest Lodge is an ideal place to hide away, to take it slow, to sit back and relax, away from the pressures of ‘real life’!

Mvuu Camp Malawi

Mvuu Camp | Malawi Family Holiday (2 Nights)

Mvuu camp is located in the heart of Liwonde National Park, one of Malawi’s premier wildlife destinations. The 580 sq km reserve supports a rich diversity of plants, wildlife and birdlife and is home to an abundance of elephant, hippo, sable antelope, crocodile, impala, zebra and reedbuck. There are also occasional sightings of serval, lion, leopard and black rhino in the park. There are land based and water based safari trips at sunrise and sunset.

We spent some time experiencing what African Parks have achieved in Rwanda so can’t wait to experience what they have achieved in Malawi too!

Pumulani | Malawi Family Holiday (1 Night)

Pumulani is situated on the west side of Nankumba Peninsula at the southern end of Lake Malawi – romantically called the “Lake of Stars”. Overlooking both the lake and exclusively nestled within the Lake Malawi National Park, Pumulani has total seclusion and privacy. With both a private beach and swimming pool on the upper terrace this is a perfect place simply to relax.


Makokola Retreat | Malawi Family Holiday (2 Nights)

Makokola Retreat is magnificently set on an unspoilt Palm Fringed Lakeshore North of Mangochi, The Makokola Retreat is a retreat for relaxation, unwinding and recuperation. It’s also close to a local village who have some fabulous literary schemes we can get involved in.

Makakola Retreat

Domwe Island | Malawi Family Holiday (2 Nights)

Domwe Island is a pristine, uninhabited island, which is part of the Lake Malawi National Park – a World Heritage site. We will stay at the only camp on the island, which has minimal environmental impact – and maximum comfort for guests! We will stay in a fully-equipped walk-in tent on a deck under a thatched roof! We will also do some kayaking!

Domwe Island

Chawani Bungalow | Malawi Family Holiday (2 Nights)

Chawani Bungalow is sited on the slopes of Thyolo Mountain, it’s a historic tea planter’s bungalow and is a relaxed, family friendly retreat surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest on Satemwa Estate. We will enjoy varied activities with lots of space to play.

After which we will head back to Blantyre for our long flight home via Johannesberg and back to the UK! What do you think??

14 Nights in Malawi | Our Malawi Family Holiday

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  1. February 7, 2018 at 6:41 am — Reply

    It looks absolutely amazing ! What a wonderful adventure for your girls. Can’t wait to follow your trip xx

  2. February 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    This sounds like an AMAZING holiday – I’d love to take my two on something like this! Hopefully one day!

  3. February 7, 2018 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    That sounds really amazing, we do tailor made tours around Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, some of your picks are on our company’s top, our clients have liked the places more especially Game heaven lodge, zomba forest lodge and Mumbo island. An up coming lodge in the Liwonde national park is the Shire Eco Safari Camp, you go on river safari with a boat boasting 95years of service and the guides just have the most extensive experience.

  4. February 7, 2018 at 9:04 pm — Reply

    It looks beautiful Karen I’m sure you’ll all love the wildlife too.

  5. barjerow
    February 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    This all looks absolutely fabulous, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time.

  6. February 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to showing you how beautiful Malawi is and how family Safaris do so well here!

  7. February 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    This looks like such a fantastic itinerary Karen, I can’t wait to see more on your trip! x

  8. February 16, 2018 at 7:42 am — Reply

    I went to Malawi 20 years ago, I fell in love with this particular country of East Africa as its people are so friendly. The local children come to hold your hands, asking “Eh Muzungo, give me pen!” – how funny that all this time on these are the words that spring to mind? All I can say is take a huge bundle of biros to give out, you won’t regret it! As for the African wildlife, colours, sunsets… prepare to fall in love. You should arrive home humbled and eager to return to see more.

    • February 16, 2018 at 9:46 am — Reply

      thank you for sharing your experience, we can’t wait

  9. February 17, 2018 at 11:05 am — Reply

    My husband’s aunt lived in Malawi for years and years and his 6-week holidays to Malawi is something he talks about a lot. I am envious of your upcoming trip!

  10. February 19, 2018 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    What an incredible experience! I’d totally go as a family!

  11. February 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    If you’d like to find out more about our Malawi Family Holiday just drop us a line at
    and we be in touch.

  12. March 4, 2018 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Wow this sounds epic Karen. Great choices there. Can’t wait to hear how it goes …

  13. March 4, 2018 at 9:43 am — Reply

    This sounds wonderful Karen. I love the sound of Mvuu Camp and the beaches of course too! Africa is such a stunning continent with so much to offer and I’m very much looking forward to following your adventure!

  14. March 4, 2018 at 9:49 am — Reply

    This is awesome! Malawi was the first place hubby and I travelled together in 2000 and we’ll be going back just after you! We actually stayed at Mvuu Camp!

  15. March 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    You are going to have an amazing adventure, Malawi looks so beautiful! I have only explored parts of South Africa so far, and would love to visit Botswana. Malawi is on my list now too! 🙂

  16. March 5, 2018 at 9:16 am — Reply

    It sounds like it’s going to be an absolutely incredible trip! I love the sound of Domwe Island. Already looking forward to seeing all your photos on Instagram and reading all about it when you get back.

  17. March 5, 2018 at 9:53 am — Reply

    This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to go back to Africa when our little is older. Malawi looks like it should be a contender for where we should go

  18. March 5, 2018 at 10:46 am — Reply

    What an amazing adventure – I can’t wait to follow your trip. I’ve heard about Pumulani before and it sounds blissful, but so much more to discover too. Very jealous!

  19. March 5, 2018 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Oh wow what an adventure! Cannot wait to see how you all get on;) Mvuu Camp sounds incredible

  20. March 5, 2018 at 11:42 am — Reply

    This looks like such an exciting adventure, Karen, and it’s a really helpful post for people planning on travelling to Malawi with kids. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start with trips like that, but this post lays it all out very clearly. I do like the sound of the uninhabited island! Can’t wait to follow your trip. x

  21. March 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    There’s so much variety in this trip – it sounds like it’s going to be brilliant. I think I’d particularly love going off grid at Zomba Forest Lodge. Have an amazing time!

  22. March 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    What an experience for your girls! So much to see in two weeks!

  23. March 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    We can’t wait to welcome Karen and her family. Just a note that we still have a couple of spaces left on our family half term adventure in October in case anyone is keen to join- kids need to be 7+ for this one. Many thanks Kate

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