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Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park

With its lodges and safari activities, Liwonde is the closest thing Malawi has to a traditional wildlife park. Dominating the west, the Shire River overflows with hippos and crocodiles and is a favourite stomping...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Since African Parks took over management of this rugged wilderness on the western bank of the Shire River in 2003, things have really been looking up. There are now more than 3000 animals in the reserve, most...

Top ChoiceItalian in Zomba

Casa Rossa

In an atmospheric old colonial house, this Italian-owned guesthouse restaurant serves the best pasta dishes this side of Naples, including unique local variations such as chambo and ginger ravioli. The...

Top ChoiceInternational in Lilongwe

Ad Lib

An adventurous extension of a hip Glaswegian diner chain, this popular local gathering spot has a covered street-front terrace and a jolly red-walled interior with a long bar. The menu gallops enthusiastically...

Top ChoiceInternational in Blantyre

Casa Mia

Don your smarts for dinner at this classy guesthouse restaurant. The wine-stacked interior, with its antique Cinzano prints, white tablecloths and expat clientele, is a pleasant environment for dishes ranging...

Top ChoiceFusion in Mulanje

Huntingdon House

If you're driving between Blantyre and Mulanje, don't miss lunch or afternoon tea (minimum two people for tea, and do book ahead) at this historic guesthouse on a beautiful tea estate. Dishes such as Asian beef...

Top ChoiceCafe in Blantyre

Mandala Cafe

Sit on a breezy stone terrace in the grounds of Mandala House, or inside at this chilled cafe adorned with artworks and guidebooks. Regulars love the Italian cuisine, fillet steak, Thai chicken, freshly brewed...

Top ChoiceMall in Lilongwe

Four Seasons Centre

An oasis of fine dining and upmarket shopping, featuring clothing and design boutiques, a bar, a restaurant and a cafe, Four Seasons is a restful one-stop shop. There's also a play park with a bouncy castle to...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lilongwe

Koko Bean

Soundtracked by world music, this breezy urban sanctuary is surrounded by lawns, thatched shelters and a bar overlooking a sprawling jungle gym – perfect for a family visit. Come for breakfasts from French toast...

Top ChoiceItalian in Blantyre


In an atmospheric old house with black-and-white floors and a large veranda overlooking a lawn, L'Hostaria offers Italian recipes and fresh produce that attract local expats in the know. Come for a relaxing...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Lilongwe

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

This 1.1-sq-km wilderness area is Malawi's only sanctuary for orphaned, injured and rescued wild animals, and plays an active role in conservation. Local residents include a one-eyed lion rescued from Romania, a...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Karonga

Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga

Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga

This museum, off the M1, celebrates the numerous fossil discoveries made in these parts, and the skeleton of the Malawisaurus (or a copy of it, anyway) takes pride of place. Visits take the form of a guided tour,...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Lilongwe

Parliament Building

Parliament Building

To get up close to Malawi’s movers and shakers, head to the home of the national parliament. It moved in 1994 from Zomba to the ostentatious palace of former president Banda on the outskirts of Lilongwe and now...

Top ChoiceShrine in Lilongwe

Kamuzu Mausoleum

Kamuzu Mausoleum

This marble and granite mausoleum is the final resting place of Malawi's 'president for life', Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Between four pillars bearing the initials of his most prized principles – unity, loyalty,...

Top ChoiceSteak in Blantyre

21 Grill on Hanover

Established in 1921, this historical restaurant is one of Malawi's more sophisticated eateries, occupying a library-like room with salmon-coloured seats and ornate carpets. The menu focuses on meat dishes, from...

Top ChoiceItalian in Mzuzu

Macondo Camp

This Italian restaurant offers treats such as homemade pasta made daily, Parmesan flown from Italy and monthly live music on the stoep. Dishes include pizza, steaks, spring rolls and the ever-popular ravioli with...

Top ChoiceThai in Nkhata Bay

Kaya Papaya

Close to the harbour, with a big upstairs balcony overlooking the main street, Kaya Papaya has an appealing Afro-Asian-fusion chic that's matched by a menu of zesty salads, pizza and Thai fare such as green...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lilongwe

Ama Khofi

Follow your nose to this delightful Parisian-style garden-centre cafe with wrought-iron chairs, a bubbling fountain and leafy surrounds. The menu has salads, main courses such as beef burgers and roast-beef...

Top ChoiceInternational in Cape Maclear

Gecko Lounge

At this lodge's stunning restaurant, grab a wicker chair on the terrace perched above the water. The kitchen is well known for its pizzas (from MK5300), which feature some interesting toppings such as kampango as...

National Park in Northern Malawi

Nyika National Park

Nyika National Park

Malawi's oldest reserve is easily one of the most magical experiences in any trip to the country. Towering over 2000m above sea level, the Nyika Plateau is enigmatic; one moment its rolling grasslands recall the...