Malawi might not be on the top of the list when thinking of romantic holidays or honeymoons but it could surprise you! The Warm Heart of Africa is full of unknown places and not only are they stunning but also… uncrowded. Privacy, peace and amazing landscapes is the perfect recipe for a romantic escape, don’t you agree?
After looking at our top 10 most romantic places in Malawi you might change your mind and consider it to surprise your partner. Why not bring him/her on a safari adventure ending on a desert island overlooking the crystal-clear waters of lake Malawi? Romantic getaway, honeymoon or proposal vacation? The Warm Heart of Africa might be the land of love!
Liwonde National Park has just 3 lodges within so this is the perfect place for a secluded safari. With the reintroduction of lions, leopard and cheetah it has become a perfect destination to see the big 5 from land, foot or by boat! The private chalets at Mvuu lodge offer some of the best game viewings from your own plunge pool overlooking the floodplain onto the river.
The detail that makes all the difference? Arrange a bush breakfast to surprise your loved one!
- Livingstonia’s swing: Lukwe Eco Lodge
If you’re an adventurer and looking for stunning views, Livingstonia is definitely for you! You’ll need to drive on a dirt road up, up and up some more but the view will be well worth it, we promise. Plus, you’ll enjoy the quietness and remoteness of the place!
The detail that makes all the difference? Sit on the swing, overlooking the lake and trees next to the person you love, it’s time for a couple-picture!
- Sunrise at Pumulani & private beach
Looking for beaches and privacy? Pumulani is for you. One of the only private beaches in Malawi, Pumulani offers a beautiful creek where you can lay on a beach bed or directly on the soft, white sand between dips in the crystal-clear water of Lake Malawi!
The detail that makes all the difference? Wake up just before sunrise and sit on the beach to admire the sky going from dark blue to violet, to pink while a new day starts!
- Fireplace & hot bath at Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau
Nyika Plateau is a remote and unique park in Africa and you might enjoy the comfort of Chelinda lodge after exploring its wonders! If you want to experience Scotland in Africa, Nyika is the place to be. A kind of magic happens there. There’s nothing quite like a little bit of cold to enjoy a cosy glass of whisky by the fire. With long walks on the hills, game drives to spot the leopards, and a backdrop to rival all others this is the ideal secluded getaway for romance.
The detail that makes all the difference? Sitting by your own fireplace after enjoying a very hot bath in your chalet, just the two of you!
- Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island, luxury island lodge in Malawi
Fly to Likoma and admire the azure water of Lake Malawi! Discover your own piece of paradise with unique rooms, some with their very own plunge pool, some on their own island offset! Kaya Mawa, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lodges in Malawi and one of the top ten most romantic places in the world!
The detail that makes all the difference? The level of luxury Kaya Mawa provides, stunning views and personable service to make you feel like the only couple in the world!
- Huntingdon House, Satemwa Tea Estate, Thyolo
Romance? Endless views of tea plantations? Go to Thyolo and stay in the wonderful Huntingdon House, one of the oldest buildings in Malawi. This place will offer you the charm of the old while giving you peace and sanctuary to enjoy your loved one! Spend a relaxing afternoon sampling all the teas, cakes and later tea-infused cocktails for a date with a difference.
The detail that makes all the difference? You can ask for a romantic candlelit dinner in the garden for even more remoteness and the feeling of living in another world.
4. Blue Zebra Island, secluded and quiet by the lake
Closer to the capital start your trip with a romantic stop. Here you can enjoy dips in the infinity pool, a selection of cocktails from their resident mixologist and strolls around the island to see the resident birds, bushbuck and bushbabies. Opt to upgrade to an executive suite for the ultimate romantic tent looking out over the lake.
The detail that makes all the difference? The incredible staff here will go out their way to set you up with a private sunset cruise and beach dinner making sure all the romantic gestures can take place in the best possible setting.
- Reach the top of Mount Mulanje
Fond of walking or just a nature lover? A Mount Mulanje hike is always a beautiful adventure, but taking part in such an adventure with your other half will give it a whole new dimension. You’ll be sharing the amazing view, helping each other overcome harder bits and have this feeling of discovery every hiker experiences. The best part is there is likely to be no one else on the mountain!
The detail that makes all the difference? Reaching the top – Sapitwa- together, the feeling of accomplishment is even better when shared!
- Awaking on Mumbo Island
Mumbo is the ultimate private island escape, without WiFi, signal or electricity you will have no distractions from each other. With chalets based on a rocky outcrop of the island, you will look onto crystal clear water.
Here you can enjoy exploring the lake and the island, walk to a pod rock for sunset – with a drink! And dip in the water… Relaxing is your only duty!
The detail that makes all the difference? There’s no power on Mumbo, you’ll be in bed early but will rise with the sun and your other half while birds are coming to say hi – Yes it’s a kind of African adaptation of a certain fairy tale!
1. Tongole candlelit dinner on the deck followed by a bath
Last but not least, Tongole, one of the most beautiful lodges in Malawi. It will give you a home away from home sensation. With views across the river deep into the forest, the stars light up here which call all be viewed from the gigantic bed.
The detail that makes all the difference? A romantic dinner on the deck, lit only by candles, followed by a bath for two in the huge bathtub each room offers!
But the trip is not over yet if you want more ideas, more romantic moments or if you are going on an extended honeymoon we will find the perfect itinerary for you! And we might spice it up with a little bit of Zambia; a bush adventure or a dip in the beautiful Victoria Falls… Get in contact with us today!
NB: sunsets and sunrises depend on the time of year.
I know every one of the places deserves their place on the list but I kept looking out for Huntingdon House and wasn’t glad it made the list. I never tire of visiting the place. Or maybe it’s now time to try to save money for Kaya Mawa. And Nyika too. But I must admit, each one of these places is drool worthy.