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Malawi Central

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... is the area of land to the west of the Lake Malawi lying between the popular resort of Nkhata Bay in the north to the Nkhotakota Game Reserve in the south.

Nkhata Bay is often referred to as the backpacking capital of the country, a place which offers a low-cost 'party' environment for the younger crowd coming on overland trucks.

The 1800 square kilometre Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve of modest interest to most visitors.

Importantly the area also includes Likoma Island, an 18 square kilometre landmass situated on the eastern side of Lake Malawi, just 7km from Mozambique. The island has a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves, whose crystal clear waters offer some of the best diving and snorkelling in Malawi.


Central Malawi is an area we tend to recommend relatively frequently, since it contains some of the best lakeside accommodation in the country, notably on Likoma Island.

The area can be easily accessed by road or light aircraft from the city of Lilongwe. The vast majority of visitors tend to stay in one camp for 3 to 6 nights.

Kaya Mawa Lodge ... set on the remote Likoma Island is by far the most common reason for our guests to visit this area and is surely one of the most alluring beach locations in Africa.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the mainland reserve of Nkhotakota is another place we occasionally recommend.


The area is most commonly combined by air and road with safari in South Luangwa over in Zambia. It can also be combined by road with other areas of Malawi including Central Malawi, Liwonde, Mount Mulanje and Majete and Lengwe.
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