Luxury Camps and Lodges in Malawi

Low key charm and secluded luxury is what a stay in Malawi is all about. Whether your lodge is hugging the lake shore, or hidden in the wilderness, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes and a truly intimate African adventure.

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Mumbo Island

Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Mumbo Island is a camp set on a pristine and deserted tropical island, part of the stunning Lake Malawi National Park. It ranks amongst the finest camps in Malawi. The whole island falls within an exclusive concession, guaranteeing privacy in paradise. 

Best for: Hideaway, Landscapes & Scenery, Water activities, Adventure

Kaya Mawa

Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Mention the name “Kaya Mawa” and past visitors turn misty eyed and start plotting an escape to Malawi. This is one of those legendary lodges that send Africaphiles into raptures, and makes first timers want to return again and again. Perched on the shore of Likoma Island, this is a retreat from modern life and an escape from the outside world.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Lodge, Setting & Views


Location: Majete National Park | Malawi

Mkulumadzi is the latest addition to the Robin Pope Safaris portfolio. Already established as one of the best safari companies in Zambia, they’re expanding their operations into Malawi.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Off the Beaten Track, Hideaway

Danforth Yachting

Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Danforth Yachting brings the South African tradition of excellent, informal and owner-run lodges to Malawi. Situated right on the lakeshore, with warm friendly hosts, and watersports galore, this is ideal for those who want an active beach break in a laid-back setting.

Best for: Family-friendly, Cruise, Water activities


Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

At 365 miles long, and 52 miles wide, Lake Malawi (“the calendar lake”) takes up much of the country’s surface, yet few visitors ever see beyond its shores. Mufasa, a 38 foot yacht with room for up to ten guests, offers the perfect way to head out and explore the water. Captained by Howard Massey Hicks, Mufasa is yours to explore with as you will, for a night, a week, or even a ten day sail.

Best for: Family-friendly, Beach, Water activities


Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Relax along the tranquil shores of beautiful Lake Malawi at Robin Pope owned Pumulani. The lodge’s stunning hillside setting provides magnificent views over the Lake of Stars, the perfect respite after an exhilarating safari.

Best for: Honeymoon, Beach, Rustic, Romantic

Huntingdon House

Location: Highlands, Thyolo & Tea Plantations | Malawi

The Satemwa Tea Estate has been home to the Cathcart Kay family since the 1920’s. Huntingdon House, the original family home has been converted into a delightful colonial style lodge that provides a perfect introduction to rural Malawi.

Best for: Rustic, Unusual, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Chelinda Lodge

Location: Nyika Plateau | Malawi

Rediscovered, re-opened and receiving guests! Chelinda Lodge was an old favourite on the Malawian scene, and was sadly closed for many years. Its doors have opened once more, and it now provides the ideal base for exploring the Nyika Plateau. This is rugged alpine Africa at its finest, with accommodation at the usual high standards of Wilderness Safaris.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track


Location: Nkhotakhota | Malawi

The glitz and glamour of safari is irresistible, but Africa’s about so much more than just wildlife. Tongole, opened in April 2011, aims to show visitors another side to the wilderness.

Best for: Honeymoon, Lodge, Hideaway, Rustic

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Location: Liwonde National Park | Malawi

Like much else in Malawi, Liwonde National Park is lush, understated and charming. Pods of hippo cluster in the Shire River, jewel coloured birds flit above the water, and great herds of elephant wander the plains and forests. Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is our pick of the places to stay in the park.

Best for: Lodge, Off the Beaten Track, Guiding, Wildlife & Nature


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