If you are looking for an authentic African experience then we highly recommend visiting Malawi. This country is an incredible destination with very friendly local people which will be very open to meeting and talking to you. Search travel and gap year ideas in Malawi today.


Malawi Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Malawi.

Malawi Travel Guide

Malawi Travel Guide

  • Population: 13,014,000 (approx)
  • Area: 94,080km²
  • Currency: Malawian kwacha (MWK)
  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Language: English, Chichewa + local languages
  • Dialing Code: +265
  • Accommodation: Malawi receives thousands of tourists every year and infrastructure is quite good on the ground in terms of accommodation. You will find good quality hotels in the large cities like Blantyre and Lilongwe, there are rooms for all budgets from the budget backpacker to the luxury traveler. There are also traditional safari lodges in the Game Reserves close to where the wildlife live


How to Get to Malawi

  • You can get to Malawi fairly easy by plane, land and boat
  • You can fly into Malawi from places like South Africa, Ethiopia and Nairobi - most arrive into the international airport in Lilongwe. You can also catch internal flights in Malawi from places like Lilongwe to Blantyre
  • If you are looking to see a more rural area of the country you can cross by ferry from Likoma Island and Metangula in Mozambique
  • Trains no longer operate so if you are looking to cross from a country nearby you will need to do this by bus
  • You can also get to Malawi by road from Tanzania, Zambia or Mozambique, an easy way to experience this region of the world is on an adventure overland tour in Africa 


Weather & Best Time to Visit

Malawi is a warm destination has a tropical climate with its dry season lasting from April until October. The dry season brings with it unbearable heat but the conditions are less oppressive from May to July although this does mean wildlife is less frequently spotted around the visible watering holes of the national parks. Temperatures vary between the highlands and lowlands with high humidity in the lowland regions and night time temperatures below freezing point in the highlands


Best Places to Visit in Malawi

  • Lilongwe - In Lilongwe you can expect new buildings and entertainment like cinemas, cafes, new shops, restaurants. 
  • Blantyre
  • Cape Maclear
  • Likoma and Chisumulu Islands
  • Liwonde National Park
  • Ntchisi Forest Reserve
  • Majete Wildlife Park
  • Mount Mulanje
  • Nyika National Park
  • Zomba Plateau
  • Lake Malawi


Travelling in Malawi

When travelling indpendently in Malawi you are probably sure to pass by Lilongwe, this is a popular place to stop in where there are famous colourful tree's and a scenic old town. Malawi also hosts the Lake of Stars festival where dj's and musicians come from all over the world to play - this is one of the most unique music events in the world. 


Malawi Gap Year

Gap Year in Malawi

View exciting and life changing gap year programs in Malawi . Help make a difference in Malawi on a gap year and see more of this country by signing up for a program through our website, this a beautiful destination with friendly people and stunning scenery. We have gap year programs for students, graduates, career breaks but most trips are open to everyone including most Nationalities. Malawi is an up and coming gap year destination and for advice about backpacking to this destination contact us. You can also view all our opportunities in this region by going to our Africa gap year page.



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