Why Malawi is ideal for your next family holiday

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! 

The Responsible Safari Co. is a tour operator and destination management company specialising in experiential travel to Malawi. Our markets include independent travellers, schools, universities, charity challenges, corporate & special interest groups. 5% of our profit is donated to community & environmental projects within Malawi. Email us for a range of safaris

  • Anna

    These points ring very true with the type of experience I am looking for. I hadn’t thought of Malawi before so this is really interesting to read – much more interesting than a trip to Spain!

  • Helen

    You are so right! Having travelled with my husband and 11 year old son to Malawi a few years ago with RSC, I cannot recommend the experience enough! We spent almost the whole trip doing things we had never done and seeing things we had never seen but we never felt out of our depth with RSC there to look after us and to guide us in all things African! Every day was a delicious adventure and I know our son will treasure the memories for ever.

  • fish house

    We love our lodge that’s located at salima its called fish house, it has a beautiful view of the lake and you can see the sun set, we also have a fish there hence the name, Malawi is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit if interested in pictures please email us at

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