Explore Malawi with Alan Grimes
Discover Malawi and it's finest on land and lake.

Mouthbrooder, (photo courtesy of Aaron Gekoski)

Baobab Travel offers guided or self drive tours throughout Malawi and into neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia; South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is merely a four hour drive from Lilongwe International Airport. Baobab Travel offers personally guided tours with a travel guide who has lived in Malawi for over 30 years and who is absolutely passionate about the people and their culture, wildlife and breathtaking scenery encompassed within the Warm heart of Africa; Malawi.

Malawi in the media

#1 spot to visit in Top emerging travel hotspots in 2015 Huffington Post

#2 destination on CNN’s ‘Dare To Go’ places in 2014 CNN

Top 10 places to go in 2014 Lonely Planet

Meet Alan Grimes, owner of Baobab Travel and Malawi enthusiast. Alan loves showing guests around the country. In addition to Lake Malawi where he is happiest snorkelling, kayaking and fishing with you, he has very good knowledge of the flora and fauna in the various game parks and wildlife reserves and is a keen birder and wildlife photographer. Alan can also accompany you throughout your trip as a tour guide to ensure that you travel safely from place to place, on time and with unplanned stops  at points of interest along the way.

Why visit Malawi?

It’s warm and friendly people

Untouched beauty and stunning scenery

Scenic Lake Malawi - The world’s ninth largest lake, which despite its size, has no currents and no tides

Lake Malawi contains more species of cichilids than all of the lakes in North America put together

Excellent snorkelling and scuba diving in the Lake

Nine National Parks – Good game viewing, including the 'big five' and excellent bird watching

400 species of orchid and other wild flowers

A cultural heritage largely untouched by civilisation

With such a wide range of lodges and hotels available and locations to visit, I will help you choose the best options to suit your budget and help you get the most out of your time in terms of what you would like to see and do. Send me an email for sample itineraries designed specifically for you

Lake




Malawi’s lake shore stretches some 500km. It is a paradise of small communities, sandy shores and small islands.

Cape Maclear
Salima
Southern Lakeshore
Nkhotakota
Likoma Island

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Land




Incredible diversity of experiences can be had in a such a small area – you could be on a mountaintop with the fog rolling ominously over the peaks in the morning, and on a boat watching a herd of elephants attempting to cool themselves down in the river in the afternoon.

Thyolo and Mulanje
Majete NP
Lilongwe
Blantyre
Liwonde
Northern Malawi

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Feedback by Mr and Mrs Bauwens (Belgium)


“On our way from and back to Lilongwe, together with Alan, we had the opportunity to cross the country and have an idea of the local way of living. It was a nice trip, well prepared by Alan who knows the country very well. That made it possible to travel in a comfortable and safe way” Malawi 2013

If you would like some information or sample itineraries on travelling within Malawi and its neighboring countries then , please don't hesitate to send me an email or give me a call on (+265) 994447353. I look forward to assisting you where possible.


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Cape Maclear

A long stretch of powder-fine sand surrounded by mountains and lapped by dazzling water, Cape Maclear deserves all the hype thrown at it. By day the bay glitters a royal blue, studded by nearby islands and puttering, crayon-coloured fishing boats. On shore, women wash clothes, dry fish, and nautical types spread out vermilion nets to dry. And there's bags of things to do aside from lying on a hammock, be it kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, walking or diving

There are a wide variety of lodges, here are some of my favourites

Danforth Yachting, situated at Cape Maclear bordering on the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb Lake Malawi accommodation. Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on this magnificent lake. Danforth is both a Malawi yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. Owner run and offering personal attention, Danforth Yachting delivers all round excellence.
www.danforthyachting.com

Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the expansive waters of the Lake Malawi National Park. With a maze of massive underwater boulders, innumerable species of colourful cichlid fish and calm, clear water, the National Park offers what many consider the best freshwater snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the world. 
Mumbo Island is only 1km in diameter and has never been populated so it remains in a pristine, natural state. Kayak Africa run Mumbo as an entirely off grid, green camp so that it remains as unspoilt and perfect as it has been forever.
www.mumboisland.com

Chembe Eagles Nest lodge is located on the shores of Lake Malawi. Cape Maclear also a world Heritage Site. A South African owned lodge consisting of a number of small chalets set in a shady garden, all en suite, a campsite, an excellent restaurant and bar. With a private beach on the tranquil shores of Lake Malawi, so much to do and even more to discover, whether you are here for a day or a week, you'll find endless opportunities for adventure here, having the most memorable holiday. We offer a warm friendly atmosphere so you can relax and enjoy the stunning views. Our Beach is relatively private since it is set away from the main village, but it is quite close to the fishing village, which makes for an unforgettable visit.
www.chembenest.com

Pumulani, Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas with their grass roof’s to help reflect the heat provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. Guests can relax on the white sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool. For those seeking some activity we offer waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on our handbuilt dhow and snorkling and diving. Under water activities never fail to amaze as the diversity of fishlife is very surprising and experts say that this lake is home to more native fish species than any other in the world. Pumulani offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery. www.robinpopesafaris.net/camps/pumulani.php
www.robinpopesafaris.net


Salima

Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel stands right on the one kilometre long, beautiful white sands once known as Grand Beach. It has 35 rooms, 12 standard rooms, 6 Superior rooms, 7 Deluxe rooms, 3 Family rooms, and 7 chalets mostly in rondavel style, all tastefully furnished and decorated in local materials to the most tasteful international standards. Guests can relax around the beautiful pool which overlooks the beach, enjoy al fresco lunches and dinners while looking at the azure Lake Malawi waters or sit under the palms.
www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Blue Zebra Island Lodge offers 8 exclusive tented en-suite chalets each overlooking the lake with some of the chalets boasting private lake access from where one can discover the dazzling array of fish in crystal clear waters. The chalets are set in an unspoiled environment and our guests are surrounded by nature and luxury.
www.bluezebra.mw


Southern Lakeshore

The Makokola Retreat. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi. We provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition. While staying with us, fill every moment with a sense of natural connection in our wonderful retreat.
www.clubmak.com

Sunbird Nkopola Lodge Along the southern lakeshore, at the base of a hill near the friendly and tiny fishing village of Nkopola, lies one of the best lakeside resorts in Malawi, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge. With abundant tropical vegetation on one side and the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi on the other, guests enjoy supreme comfort amidst exquisite surroundings.
www.sunbirdmalawi.com


Nkhotakota

Makuzi Beach Lodge is situated on the lush Northern shores of Lake Malawi. Makuzi is one of Malawi’s only private white sand beaches which provides guests with a superb, secluded retreat and wonderful views across Africa’s third largest fresh water lake. This relaxed lakeshore lodge, is a perfect retreat with a well deserved reputation for warm hospitality and great facilities. Makuzi Beach Lodge is the perfect location for a romantic getaway or for a family holiday.
www.makuzibeachlodge.com

Chinteche Inn is set on the western shores of central Lake Malawi, characterised by pristine sandy beaches that are palm-fringed, and dotted by fishing villages and patches of lowland tropical forest. Ten comfortable, brightly furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms look out over the panoramic shoreline. The extensive grounds and gardens feature a campsite and a large pool. There is a central dining area and bar, although dining usually takes place (weather permitting) under the stars.
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Ngala Beach Lodge, at Ngala you will be welcomed by friendly personalised service. Our beautiful lodge has stunning views of both the lake and mountains. You can see the sunrise and the sunset over the water at Ngala Lodge. The spacious accommodation will ensure comfort and privacy. Ngala Beach Lodge has been upgraded, renovated and re-furbished to its present glory.  Impressive thatch structures have been constructed which are enhanced by earthy warm interiors.
www.ngalabeach.com


Likoma

Kaya Mawa situated on the southern tip of the Island on a crescent beach lies Kaya Mawa (meaning ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ in the local dialect), eleven rooms, each handcrafted and designed to fit into the surroundings whilst taking advantage of the breathtaking views across the Lake, has resulted in each room having its own feel and design. Decks and access to the lake or a private plunge pool, makes it very hard to leave.
www.kayamawa.com


Thyolo and Mulanje

Huntingdon House, Satemwa Tea Estate. As one of Malawi’s first land claims registered in 1874, Satemwa Tea Estate is undoubtedly among the country's most respected and established tea and coffee producers managed and operated by third generation members of the Cathcart Kay family.  Huntingdon House and Chawani Bungalow have been sensitively renovated and proudly compliment Malawi’s growing portfolio of international calibre lodges while retaining the historical character and charm of these period properties. Guests are invited to step back in time and share some of wonderful memories of this family home, explore the estate, discover the multitude of teas produced and hear the fascinating history of Satemwa Estate.​
www.huntingdon-malawi.com

Kara O’Mula Country Lodge is located at a pristine site at the foot of the magnificent Mulanje Mountain. The main structure is a 1905 renovated colonial building that was the residence of the district commissioner. It is 12kms from the Likhubula Falls and the Dziwe la Nkhalamba natural pool. Kara O'Mula Country Lodge has 27 accommodation rooms ranging from single bed, double bed, to family rooms. 7 of these are corridor rooms within the colonial building. The rest are the more spacious chalets spread out in various locations within a few meters of each other with vantage views of the great Mulanje Mountain, the surrounding tea estates, the Thyolo Highlands and mountains across the border with Mozambique.
www.karaomula.com


Majete NP

Mkulumadzi Lodge, located in the south of Malawi, Majete is an area of 70.000 hectares, part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The reserve is made up of mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills that contrast with picturesque river valleys and lush riverine forest. For connoisseurs of wildlife many exciting encounters lie in store, with the chance to view many species including black rhino, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, suni, klipspringer, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and zebra.
www.robinpopesafaris.net

Thawale Lodge, situated within Majete around a serene floodlit waterhole that attracts a variety of wildlife, Thawale Lodge is a peaceful haven from which to experience Majete.  Completely unfenced, the camp is regularly visited by wildlife.
www.african-parks.org


Blantyre

Mount Soche Hotel, located in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi, Mount Soche Hotel is strategically positioned in the city centre. The Hotel is set among lush tropical gardens overlooking the city in the north and the Historical Ndirande mountain in the south.
www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Villa 33 is a Bed and breakfast lodge situated in a relaxing, lush environment just outside the hub of Blantyre. The property is ranked in the top 3 by TripAdvisor among all inns in the region, praised for its “beautiful gardens, patio, ambiance and rooms,” as well as “great food, and friendly attentive staff.”
www.thevilla.mw


Lilongwe

Sunbird Capital Hotel, only 25 minutes drive from Kamuzu International Airport. Hotel Shuttle Bus and Taxis are available. 

Malawi, the warm heart of Africa, this hotel is in the magnificent parkland adjacent to the Government headquarters and only a half-kilometer from the new city center, where most diplomatic missions are based

Rooms are en-suite, air conditioned, have digital satellite television, international direct dialing, WI-FI internet, e-mail facilities, internet ports and 220 volts power points.

Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel, this white, colonial-style building, with 94 rooms, is set in manicured gardens. International standard rooms are naturally present for this excellent chain, fresh and well furnished with fridges, spotless en suites and bureaus. There's a classy restaurant too, as well as a gym and pool to cool off in.
www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Latitude 13 Come and surround yourself in vibrant décor, progressive architecture and an innovative creative vibe, whilst letting our high-tech conveniences, double-sized luxurious bedrooms and attentive service ensure you’re always relaxed and comfortable. There's a reason people describe Latitude 13 as "an unexpected oasis". With just nine boutique bedrooms, attention to detail is guaranteed at Latitude 13.
www.thelatitudehotels.com


Liwonde

Mvuu Camp overlooks a broad stretch of the Shire River (pronounced Shiree) in Liwonde National Park. The camp is a clever mix of stone and canvas chalets and specially-designed family tents, which total 12 units or 34 beds. An impressive thatched dining and lounge area is situated between two enormous baobabs, and dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed boma.
http://cawsmw.com

Mvuu Lodge nestles discreetly on the banks of a lagoon just off the Shire River on the western boundary of the wildlife-rich Liwonde National Park. The main lounge building is set high above the water for long views up-river. Accommodation comprises eight tents for a maximum of 16 guests, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area, wildlife library and a swimming pool.
http://cawsmw.com


Northern Malawi

Chelinda Lodge, Nyika National Park is set against a pocket of hagenia woodland overlooking vast tracts of Nyika National Park’s rolling grasslands dotted with large herds of wildlife. Consisting of six double-storey log cabins, and one two roomed family unit . Each has a fireplace for the cold highland nights. The ground floor features an open-plan bedroom and lounge, en-suite bathroom and a veranda. A viewing area upstairs functions as additional living space – also ideal for children. The main building has a convivial dining area around a fireplace, and a lounge that opens onto a deck for sundowners.
cawsmw.com

Chelinda Camp, located high on the Nyika Plateau within Nyika National Park, Chelinda Camp overlooks a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands. Accommodation at Chelinda Camp consists of two options. There are four chalets which have two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge, dining area with a fireplace and a small kitchen. There are also six en-suite rooms with twin beds, which share a dining, bar and lounge area complete with comfortable furnishings and an inviting fireplace for those cosy nights.
cawsmw.com

Bua River Lodge situated on the banks of the beautiful Bua River in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Central Malawi, Bua River Lodge offers fine, en-suite, tented accommodation to a very high standard but at moderate prices. Open for nearly five years, Bua River Lodge is now highly acclaimed for the friendliness of our staff, the quality of the accommodation, the standard of service and our excellent food! We were awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2014. Small and owner-managed, with staff drawn entirely from local communities, you can be assured of a relaxing and friendly stay with us. Whether you choose the luxury Island tents, or the smaller Hillside, you will always be made to feel at home and given as much (or as little) attention as you wish.
www.buariverlodge.com