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Why travel with us?

With 95% of our team being born and bred Malawians, we know Malawi and our neighbours like the back of our hand.


We never miss an opportunity to visit the places that we send you so that we know exactly what to expect; it’s commitment like this that truly confirms why we are ‘destination experts’.

Experienced
Guides

We are fortunate enough to have 6 outstanding guides, who know these roads like no other. They will safely transit you to and from each of your destinations’ doorstep, while regaling you with stories about the country and her people. They consistently get brilliant feedback and our returning clients request their guide again and again! 

Destination specialists

We know these countries like the back of our hand and how they connect with each other. We have personally driven, flown, and boated to each and every one of these destinations and lodges, and we know firsthand how they cook your eggs, whether the pillows are fluffy, and, more importantly, how cold the G&Ts are.

See where our team visited in 2023.

Competitive
pricing

Due to longstanding relationships with lodges, we can offer fantastic prices, long-stay specials, free nights, and free flights, advise the best packages and logistics, and tailor-make the best product at the best price.

Adventure guaranteed

Carefully selected accommodation, a unique destination and exciting activities – this is the recipe for an unforgettable experience in and around the ‘warm heart of Africa’! Grab a kayak, go for scuba, bungee jump, helicopter rides, gorge swings, hot air balloons, snorkel, waterski, sail, fish, bird, hike, bike, swim, relax.

Sustainable Tourism

At Crafted Africa we are passionate about supporting lodges that are committed to operating sustainably and minimising their ecological footprint.

 

Our planet is precious and the resources it provides are finite, which is why many of the lodges we work with choose to operate by solar power; recycle and minimise their water usage; grow their own produce; reduce and recycle waste; use eco-friendly cleaning products etc.

 

These lodges are also involved in supporting the community, hiring local people, buying from local suppliers, supporting community programmes with conservation and community levies on their bed nights that go straight into these projects.

 

This levy also goes towards the environment surrounding the lodge, such as wildlife and fish conservation, reforestation projects, clean up drives and community education programmes.

What our clients say about us

  • Visited: July 2021 Reviewed: Feb 19, 2022

    2021 ~ In South Luangwa (Zambia) Mike organised an amazing trip to Shawa Camp by Green Safaris and Puku Ridge by Chichele Safaris. This trip was one of the most amazing experiences. We saw lots of game. To top it off we saw 9 leopards in 4 days!

    2019 & 2020 ~ In Vilanculos and Inhassaro (Mozambique) we loved it so much we have gone back twice and used Crafted Africa to organise both trips. The team organised a magical trip to the best lodges. We stayed at the most beautiful Lodges – Santorini Mozambique and Rio Azul.

    Shannon
    "Crafted Africa organised the most amazing trips and were able to get us the best possible rates."
  • Visited: August 2015 Reviewed: Feb 19, 2022

    Mike and team arranged the whole trip which was truly a magical experience. We wanted to experience the magic of the Lake and they didn’t disappoint. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and def an experience everyone needs to do.

    Michael Schaefer
    "Top drawer"
  • Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Feb 18, 2022

    A trip of a lifetime for our two families of 5. The advice and bookings Mike and the team gave us was fantastic and everything went very smoothly from the hotel in Victoria Falls, flights to Lusaka, and to and from the Potato Bush Camp on the Lower Zambezi (amazing!) and the South Luangwa National Park. The safari experiences we had were second to none which we will treasure for a lifetime. We will be definitely using Mike’s services again when we get the chance to travel to Africa again.

    The Carter & Rainger families
    "Mike and the team made our tour run extremely well, communication was great and no troubles at all."
  • Visited: October 2021 Reviewed: Feb 18, 2022

    As Malawi residents, we have seen and done a lot of local exploring and already have a vast knowledge about the bush. We are therefore not the easiest to please with standard Malawi options. However, Mike and his team go above and beyond with their customer service, hospitality and knowledge of our beautiful country. We have always been so chuffed with our experiences booked through them and come away feeling like we have had a real break. Well done Mike to you and your great team.

    Katie Turner
    "Above and Beyond"
  • Visited: December 2021 Reviewed: Feb 15, 2022

    Crafted Africa have huge regional knowledge and worked with us to plan the perfect Christmas getaway for our family. They were speedy, reliable and above all organised a great holiday.

    Nick
    "Great Christmas Safari"
  • Visited: December 2018 Reviewed: Feb 16, 2022

    From the moment we landed to the moment we left we were looked after like royalty! The team was so helpful and knowledgeable and would highly recommend using Mike and his team for a Safari of a lifetime.

    Mark
    "Bucket List experience"
  • Visited: May 2021 Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022

    I had a once in a lifetime trip around (a large part of) Malawi during May 2021. From the warm welcome at Lilongwe airport and everything in between, which included a visit to Majete, Liwonde, Lake Malawi and Nkhotakota Reserve, Mike and his team ensured my stay was memorable and just wonderful in every way! Mike has a good knowledge of the country and a great love for the African bush – really appreciated all that was done to ensure a great experience in the Warm Heart of Africa.

    Amanda
    "Absolutely fantastic - African hospitality at its best!"
  • Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022

    We were taken to Cape Maclear for a beach riddled week of relaxation and fun. The tour operators arranged everything and more. Mumbo island and the walk around the island is engrained as the best times if my life. Nothing beats Africa safaris

    Branson
    "The best holiday if our lives! Well run tours with authentic experiences. amazing times"
  • Visited: June 2021 Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022

    We were very lucky to find a gap in 2021 to travel to Malawi under the guidance and care of Crafted Africa. I had previously visited this beautiful country and enjoyed time at the Lake, and would do so again on this visit, but Crafted Africa uncovered the whole spectrum of what Malawi has to offer on this trip. We were shown the ultimate safari destinations, and managed to experience beautiful tea estates, cultural destinations, and towering granite mountains, all the while sipping on the beautiful wines their sister company provided for the trip. Thanks to Mike and his team for the best visit during a tough time. We will be back!

    Allister
    "Crafted Africa showcased the warm heart of Africa to perfection"
  • Visited: January 2017 Reviewed: Jan 27, 2020

    I met Michael in October of 2016 and booked my trip less than 60 days later. We left at the end of December through mid January. I went with my sister, brother and my father as it has always been his dream to go on safari. This trip made his dreams come true. Everything was handled, we staying at two amazing resorts and the internal flight was also handled. We saw so many amazing sights and had so many memorable experiences. The only downfall is that we all gained weight because the food at both resorts was AMAZING!! Can’t wait to go back again!!! I highly recommend Malawain Style for your safari adventure!

    Alana Lambert
    "This was the easiest trip I have ever booked!!"
  • Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jan 25, 2020

    Mike and the Malawian Style team have been our go-to for the last 6.5 years! They are quick to respond, always happy to help with whatever our needs are and always get our teams great rates. Their knowledge of the options in the area and input has been invaluable. I know we will always be taken care of!

    Karen with Kusewera
    "Long-time happy customers"
  • Visited: October 2019 Reviewed: Jan 18, 2020

    We used Malawian Style to book two trips in 2019. One beach holiday at Rio Azul in Mozambique and the second to Baines River Lodge on the Zambezi River (Zambia).

    The team is very responsive and provided quotes and all information within a day of my request. Tapiwa and Jen handled all our booking arrangements and pre-trip preparations (such as what to take, food requirements, etc).

    Highly recommend using Malawian Style for any safari trips across Southern Africa!

    Rob Royle
    "Were very responsive to all our requests and got us great rates in Mozambique and Zambia"

The Team Behind the Magic

  • Mike Varndell

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Tapiwa Mayuni - Crafted-Africa

    Tapiwa Mayuni

    Director Sales and Reservations
  • Ronald Kampani -Crafted-Africa

    Ronald Kampani

    Finance Director
  • Razziah Lamarque - Crafted-Africa

    Razziah Lamarque

    Travel Consultant
  • Tiwonge Kamwambe - Crafted-Africa

    Tiwonge Kamwambe

    Travel Consultant
  • Michael Chikuse -Crafted-Africa

    Michael Chikuse

    Accountant
  • Richard Phiri - Crafted-Africa

    Richard Phiri

    Accountant
  • Waliko Mhango - Crafted-Africa

    Waliko Mhango

    Accountant

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