The savvy 21st Century traveller is demanding more from their annual family holiday and we believe that Malawi might just offer that perfect mix of off the beaten track adventures, cultural interaction, safari, adventure and a safe and welcoming environment.
If you are looking for the below five things when you travel, then Malawi might just hold the key to your next family holiday.
1. I want my children to learn about local culture and get a real feel for the country they are travelling in.
Malawi’s rich culture can be found across the country and it is easy to intertwine the key highlights with visits to local communities. With tourism still in its infancy it is rare to meet other travellers along the way as you dance with the locals, learn to cook Nsima and stop off to sample some fried caterpillars!
2. I want my family to give back while we travel and want to ensure the time we spend is educational and sustainable.
Many of Malawi’s lodges are located next to adjacent communities and your holiday can include time spent working on a project, helping at a school, using your skills to do arts and crafts or taking part in after-school sports. Family holidays to Malawi can include a 2-3 day community visit tailored around your family’s interests. Links with the community you will be visiting will begin before you arrive when you will be sent background information and a list of suggested resources to bring with you, a local guide will accompany your family during your project time and once you return home you will be sent updates from the project so you can choose to stay involved either from home or with a return visit.
3. We want a holiday that allows us all to take part in activities as a family.
Malawi’s diverse landscape from plateaus and mountains to the beautiful Lake Malawi offers visitors an array of activities to choose from. Mulanje Mountain, which rises 3 000 metres above sea level, is a great challenge for a family with teenage children; 2-7 day hikes can be organised exploring the mountain’s 21 peaks. Alternatively you may choose to kayak to one of Lake Malawi’s islands or take a walking safari in Liwonde National Park.
4. We want to feel safe and secure but also be pushed to try new experiences.
Malawi’s peaceful history and welcoming people, known as The Warm Heart of Africa, make it ideal for family travel. The country has a good network of roads and outside the main cities the crime rate is very low. You can choose to self drive but we would always recommend taking a local guide who has a wealth of local knowledge and can help you get that ideal balance between safety and incredible experiences!
5. We want to combine adventure and cultural experiences with time to rest and relax as a family.
The perfect African adventure combines a sizzling safari, a twist of culture and a sprinkling of rest and relaxation and Malawi has it all! Begin your holiday on safari in one of Malawi’s national parks before heading into the hills for your time spent in the local community, finally head to the shores of Lake Malawi for 2-3 days of pure rest and relaxation or if the kids still have energy then kayaking, scuba diving, sailing and snorkelling are all on offer while you lie back and soak up the rays!
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