I know I say this about every place I go to but I loved Malawi ❤
Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by something beautiful. Be that the famous Mount Soche, Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park or even just a forest of trees standing tall in the African landscape.
Dates: 17th – 26th June
Flights: Ethiopian Airlines
Hotel: Malawi Sun Hotel
Weather: It was winter when we went so the weather was cool and mild. The peak temperature around midday was usually 23/25 degrees so bearable.
Our hotel was a 5 minute walk from Crossroad’s Mall which had a halal food court with a few restaurants so we ate there pretty much every night. It was super-convenient and we were always shattered by the time we would get back to our hotel so it worked for us.
The food court has a fried chicken, burger, pizza and ice cream place so if you want fast food this is probably the best place to go in Blantyre as you can get it all under one roof. I think we ate about 4 dinners here so tried out all the place had to offer.
For me the pizza place was the best – the veggie pizza was so good! They have an ice cream/dessert shop but were out of stock in everything we wanted but the ice cream they did have was decent.
We came across a few other restaurants but they close pretty early so we didn’t go – in Blantyre as a whole shops/restaurants close early and it’s a city which literally goes to sleep at night.
There is quite a large Indian community in Blantyre so there are a couple of Indian restaurants scattered in the city however we didn’t try any of them as we were limited on time.
For the duration of our stay, we booked the Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre. It had decent reviews and the price was reasonable too so we all coupled up and booked out a few rooms. We didn’t spend long in the hotel as our day would start at around 8am and finish at 9/10pm so we were only in our rooms to sleep.
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much however I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms and service so would recommend this hotel to anyone going to Blantyre.
The rooms are well-furnished, clean bedding on arrival, hot water showers and stunning views from the balcony. Our rooms were cleaned every day and amenities restocked. I really liked how the rooms were decorated to encompass our needs yet still remain authentic to our surroundings – so it wasn’t completely jarring walking into our hotel room after an exhausting day.
It’s in a very good location with a food court and shops about a 5 minute walk away. The breakfast buffet offered a wide variety of foods from pastries, fresh fruit, omelettes (made to order), to local delicacies.
The biggest downfall of this hotel is the wifi – I would struggle to get a connection and every single day had to ask reception for new login details despite having week-long access codes given to us on our first day. If you’re going for business or need to access social media regularly then it may be a better idea to buy a local sim as it would quite literally take us hours to send pictures or post a Facebook status!
The country of Malawi is blessed with an abundance of nature and stunning landscapes everywhere you look. I spent every van journey just staring out the windows wanting to take in each sight. My phone is full of moving pictures of trees, hills, bushes, roads just everything as the beauty encapsulated itself in my eyes and heart. There were times were I would put my phone away and just take it all in.
At times you have to pinch yourself as it really does look like something straight out of a movie – Jurassic Park say with the tall luscious trees, mountains peaking through the clouds and red earth beaming off the ground. Ah it’s simply stunning!
In any downtime we had, we would try to see some of the tourist attractions Malawi has to offer. One of the most famous attractions is Lake Malawi and is apparently the size of Belgium! We couldn’t go all the way there and not see it so one of the days luckily we managed to catch a gorgeous sunrise over the lake…
We had to sit outside from 5am and wait almost an hour in the early morning chill but it was worth it – the pictures don’t do it justice at all!
Some other attractions in Blantyre are:
- Zomba Plateau which has a mountain in the backdrop surrounded by waterfalls, streams and plush greenery
- William Fall’s which is a stunning small waterfall
- Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve
- Mount Soche
Liwonde National Park
At the very top of my bucket list and has been for years is to go on an animal safari in an African country in an open-top jeep… and IT CAME TRUE IN MALAWI!
I can’t even tell you how excited I was for this – I was practically hanging out of my seat and even dropped my phone out the jeep in excitement!
We did the safari in Liwonde National Park which is a huuuuge safari park in Blantyre.
I was mosttttt excited to see the lions because they’re beautiful and I love them however we didn’t see any during our three hour drive around the park 💔😭
We did see a gorgeous African elephant as we turned a corner and were in awe of just how magnificent it was so close up.
I’ve been to safari park in the UK but that’s nothing compared to seeing them in their natural habitat and roaming around leisurely in a vast space. It did make up for not seeing lions a little bit – excuse the poor quality of the pictures these are screenshots from a video which you can watch on my instagram.
We saw deers aplenty during the drive and even came across some hyenas, hippos and monkeys! It’s a little pricy tho especially for tourists so check out the best timings beforehand to ensure you’re making the most of your time and get to see all the animals – I’ve heard mornings are best!
Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and I really think that describes the country nicely. Malawians are some of the nicest people I’ve come across on my travels – so welcoming, caring and sincere. The country isn’t developed which becomes apparent in the evening as the roads are left empty and bare however it still has so much to offer. Not every place has to boast the best nightlife or shopping centres, sometimes you just want to take some time to relax, unwind and switch off.
You can do that in Malawi and I really hope more people start visiting this beautiful place.
We only had a few hours to do ‘touristy’ things in Malawi as I went for a different purpose. Read about that: charity aid deployment.