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About us

Crafted Africa was founded by our prime explorer and main man, Mike Varndell. Born in Zimbabwe and brought up in Malawi, Mike flitted off to the UK to pursue a career in finance before Africa called him home in 2009 to pack it all in and begin his dream as a travel industry guru in the form of ‘Malawian Style’.

Malawian Style went from strength to strength, starting off in the Malawi budget group tour market and slowly making its way up to high end adventure tours that now operates across Southern Africa – in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and even Tanzania and Zanzibar! We soon felt it was time for a rebrand, now that our expertise extended past just Malawi – and thus Crafted Africa was born.

The success of Crafted Africa is a product of Mike’s tenacity and passion for the industry and the countries we work in, combined with our exceptional team of experienced and knowledgeable experts. Our team of rockstars blend local knowledge with international understanding of standards, offering quick response times and truly personalised service to give you trips that are intricately tailored to your needs.

For those of you that don’t know where to start in your planning, we have compiled a medley of extensively researched and well-thought-out itineraries, combining the best destinations and lodges around, with a focus on independent and sustainable boutique properties that ooze charm and character. We combine this with a myriad of adventure activities to suit your taste and that will build memories to last a lifetime – from walking safaris to helicopter or hot air balloon flights, from water-sports to cultural experiences, from mountain hiking to tiger fishing – the opportunities are endless.

So whether you’re on your honeymoon, looking for an adrenaline packed adventure, travelling with a group of friends, your family, or flying solo, give us a shout and we’ll be here to cook you up the African Adventure you’ve been dreaming of.

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.

Meet our Team

Management

Mike Varndell, Crafted Africa Founder

Mike Varndell

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Tapiwa Mayuni

Director of Sales & Reservations

Hello! I’m Tapiwa, and for the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of leading sales at Crafted Africa. My roots in Malawi run deep, having been born and raised in this breathtaking country.

Exploring nearly every corner of Malawi and Zambia has equipped me with a profound understanding of the African travel market’s intricacies. Whether you’re in search of exclusive insider tips or need expert guidance for your clients’ next adventure, I’m here to support you every step of the way.

As a fervent advocate for Malawi, I’ve witnessed firsthand the remarkable growth in both tourism and conservation sectors. I am thrilled to unveil the hidden treasures and unparalleled experiences that make Malawi and Zambia truly extraordinary. Let me share with you the unique charm and profound connections these countries hold, not only among themselves but also with their neighboring nations. Together, let’s embark on a journey to discover the essence of these remarkable destinations.

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Ronald Kampani

Finance Director

Ronald Kampani, a Finance Director, hails from Malawi, where he was born and raised. A finance professional, Ronald leads the esteemed Money Team at Crafted Africa. His lifelong passion for numbers and nature led him to pursue a dual path in his undergraduate studies, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Biology. This dual interest shaped his professional journey, culminating in a successful career in finance and accounting that perfectly aligns with his love for number crunching. Outside of work, Ronald cherishes family time, nature, and people. He loves to cook and always enjoys good vibes.

Reservations & Guiding

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Chifundo Mgomba

Head of Reservations

Chifundo provides exceptional customer service, consistently going above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction. Renowned for his responsiveness, reliability, and adept problem-solving skills, he expertly navigates any challenges that may arise during the booking process. Chifundo is passionate about creating memorable experiences for clients, turning their travel dreams into reality. Beyond his professional commitments, Chifundo enjoys watching the EPL and is an avid fan of Arsenal, the Gunners. His enthusiasm for football adds a spirited touch to his vibrant personality.

Samuel Matawale

Reservations

Samuel Matawale is a pivotal member of the Crafted Africa team, bringing his expertise in tourism management to the heart of the reservation department. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and unwavering dedication to top-tier service, Samuel ensures every traveler’s journey is flawlessly orchestrated. His professional acumen is matched by a deep passion for wildlife, reflecting his enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of his homeland. Samuel’s genuine commitment to guest satisfaction and his infectious enthusiasm make him an indispensable asset, devoted to crafting unforgettable memories for each Crafted Africa traveler.

Prince Dama

Reservations

Prince is dedicated to reservations at Crafted Africa, bringing a deep passion for building a career in the travel and tourism industry. For Prince, there’s nothing more rewarding than playing a key role in a customer-focused field. He is continually motivated by the visible enjoyment he sees in his clients and colleagues when skills and teamwork come together to create truly memorable experiences.

Mwai Chatuwa

Reservations

Hello! I’m Mwai Chatuwa, and I have the pleasure of working at Crafted Africa as a Reservation Support Specialist. My primary role involves crafting personalized itineraries for our clients, ensuring every journey is seamless and memorable. Additionally, I’m dedicated to supporting my colleagues, making their workdays smoother and more efficient.

I honed my expertise at the Malawi Institute of Tourism in Blantyre, where I earned my qualifications in Travel and Tourism Management. When I’m not working, you’ll often find me strumming my acoustic guitar or passionately following football matches.

Edward Satha

Private Guide

Edward Satha is a seasoned national tour guide with 16 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He holds a Level 1 Certificate in Basic Hospitality and Standards from Moving Chefs Company in South Africa. As a tour guide, Edward thrives on the unique challenges and experiences each trip offers, ensuring that everyone ends the day as a winner.

Edward has a passion for fixing things, especially vehicles, and is also a qualified auto electric mechanic with several years of hands-on experience. At Crafted Africa, Edward seamlessly fits in wherever duty calls, whether it’s taking clients into the natural environment and sharing tales from the warm heart of Africa or hiking up various high points in the country. He is both efficient and reliable.

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Emmanuel Beka

Private Guide

I’m Emmanuel Beka, a tour guide who loves exploring and sharing experiences. I’ve been in tourism since 2009, with eight great years at Crafted Africa. With over a decade of experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every journey.

Outside of work, I find joy in traveling to new destinations, cheering on soccer matches, and connecting with people from all walks of life.

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Francis Tandwe

Private Guide

I am Francis Tandwe, a Malawian born in one of the local villages in the central region of the country, and a highly determined Tour Guide with natural communication skills, able to offer engaging and informative tours to clients. With 13 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, every year brings new experiences with various clientele. Additionally, my extensive knowledge of automotive repairs serves as an added advantage. I am committed to offering tourists unique and memorable experiences that foster a deep appreciation for Africa. I have learned to lead visitors through sites of historical and cultural interest, and I am a true professional with a genuine passion for guest satisfaction.

Mathias Kawaye

Private Guide

My name is Mathias Kawaye, and I have over six years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. My focus has been on informing, educating, and entertaining clients during their holidays here in Malawi and beyond. I work as a leader, manager, and teacher, specializing in wildlife interpretation as well.

In terms of my professional background, I started my career as a Safari tour guide at Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve from 2010 to 2013 under Vwaza Eco Lodges and Tours. From 2017 to 2019, I worked as a freelance tour guide with Malawian Style, but unfortunately, operations ceased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in 2022, I was called back to resume my role, this time under the newly named Crafted Africa. Currently, I am working under a temporary contract as a tour guide until the end of November.

Outside of my professional work, I am also a farmer cultivating maize, groundnuts, and soybeans. Additionally, I am a father of three children: two boys and one girl. Finally, I hold a Tour Guiding Skills certificate obtained from the Malawi Institute of Tourism after completing a short course

Lawrence Tenthani

Private Guide

Lawrence has been in the tourism industry for over eight years as a guide. He takes pleasure in chauffeuring guests to various destinations within and outside Malawi, and his services are highly regarded. When he is off duty, he enjoys watching football.

Kennedy Phiri

Private Guide

Greetings! I’m Kennedy Phiri, proudly hailing from the vibrant landscapes of Malawi. For nearly a decade, I’ve had the privilege of serving at Crafted Africa, first as an assistant operations manager and later as a passionate guide. Guiding isn’t just a job; it’s my calling—a path I’ve chosen to immerse myself in and share the wonders of Malawi with others.

I’ve been lucky to travel all around Malawi, but my favorite place is Liwonde National Park. Its wildlife and peaceful scenery are incredible. When it comes to food, nothing beats Nsima with Chambo—it’s my favorite Malawian dish.

Marketing & Product Development

Fabiano Blanzioh Josaya

Product Development Manager

Fabiano is a born explorer, deeply rooted in the heart of Malawi, fueled by an unwavering passion for the travel and tourism realm. With a wealth of experience, he specializes in curating bespoke holiday escapades spanning Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique, all tailored to delight his clients’ every desire. Whether you’re embarking on a romantic honeymoon, craving thrilling adventures, journeying with cherished friends or family, or embarking on a solo expedition, Fabiano is your go-to guru. Reach out to him today and watch as he weaves together the African adventure of your dreams with unparalleled expertise and enthusiasm.

Lotte Varndell – van Rooij

Sales & Marketing

Originally from The Netherlands, Lotte has always felt a profound connection to Africa. With over two decades of experience as a luxury travel consultant, she founded the successful travel agency ‘Safari Design.’ Africa soon became her second home, and in March 2020, she followed her heart to the stunning landscapes of Malawi, marrying Crafted Africa founder Mike Varndell.

Lotte specializes in luxury safaris and dive adventures, drawing on her extensive knowledge to curate extraordinary experiences. Additionally, her explorations of South Africa’s Winelands and Cape Town’s vineyards enable her to craft personalized wining and dining experiences for her clients. Lotte’s expertise and passion for Africa shine through in every bespoke journey she creates.

Charity Chimtengo

Product Development Assistant

Charity Chimtengo is a new member of Crafted Africa, with a background in travel and tourism management. Her expertise lies in crafting bespoke itineraries that guarantee exceptional experiences for clients. Dedicated to meeting client needs and delivering outstanding results, Charity ensures every adventure is memorable. Beyond her professional endeavors, Charity finds joy in music and cherishes moments spent with her family. Her passion for creating unforgettable travel experiences is matched only by her commitment to client satisfaction.

Sales & Advisory

Tapiwa Mayuni

Director of Sales & Reservations

Hello! I’m Tapiwa, and for the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of leading sales at Crafted Africa. My roots in Malawi run deep, having been born and raised in this breathtaking country.

Exploring nearly every corner of Malawi and Zambia has equipped me with a profound understanding of the African travel market’s intricacies. Whether you’re in search of exclusive insider tips or need expert guidance for your clients’ next adventure, I’m here to support you every step of the way.

As a fervent advocate for Malawi, I’ve witnessed firsthand the remarkable growth in both tourism and conservation sectors. I am thrilled to unveil the hidden treasures and unparalleled experiences that make Malawi and Zambia truly extraordinary. Let me share with you the unique charm and profound connections these countries hold, not only among themselves but also with their neighboring nations. Together, let’s embark on a journey to discover the essence of these remarkable destinations.

Razziah Lemarque

Travel Consultant

Hello! My name is Razziah Lamarque, and I am a dedicated sales consultant with a decade of experience at Crafted Africa. Over the past ten years, I have had the privilege of traveling extensively to many of our offered destinations, including Mozambique, Zambia, and Malawi. My in-depth knowledge of these locations, combined with my warm and approachable demeanor, allows me to provide clients with exceptional service and personalized travel recommendations.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading and traveling hobbies that further fuel my passion for discovering new places and cultures. My dedication to excellence and love for exploration significantly contribute to the Crafted Africa team.

Tiwonge Kamwambe

Travel Consultant

Tiwonge is a dedicated sales professional at Crafted Africa, specializing in sales consulting. Her passion for travel fuels her enthusiasm for creating amazing, tailor-made trips that leave clients with cherished memories for a lifetime. Beyond her professional endeavors, Tiwonge loves spending quality time with her family, exploring new destinations, and collecting beautiful memories.

Ivy Chinkhuntha

Travel Consultant

Ivy brings over five enriching years of experience in the dynamic tourism and hospitality sector, specializing in Sales and Marketing. With a profound passion for travel ingrained in her essence, she thrives on building connections with clients, sharing her extensive knowledge, and finding fulfillment in their satisfaction with her exceptional service. Beyond her professional pursuits, Ivy leads a multifaceted life as a dedicated farmer on weekends. Amidst her busy schedule, she finds peace in chasing sunsets on clear afternoons, seeing them as the perfect end to any day—a reflection of her appreciation for life’s simple yet profound moments.

Finance

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Ronald Kampani

Finance Director

Ronald Kampani, a Finance Director, hails from Malawi, where he was born and raised. A finance professional, Ronald leads the esteemed Money Team at Crafted Africa. His lifelong passion for numbers and nature led him to pursue a dual path in his undergraduate studies, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Biology. This dual interest shaped his professional journey, culminating in a successful career in finance and accounting that perfectly aligns with his love for number crunching. Outside of work, Ronald cherishes family time, nature, and people. He loves to cook and always enjoys good vibes.

Michael Chikuse

Accountant

Hello! I’m Michael, and I’ve had the privilege of serving as an accountant with Crafted Africa for about eight years. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for numbers, I’ve been instrumental in managing the financial health of Crafted Africa, ensuring our operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Richard Phiri

Accountant

Greetings! I hail from the vibrant city of Blantyre, Malawi, and I am delighted to be a part of Crafted Africa since the end of 2021. My journey with the company began as a house chef, where my enthusiasm for food, connecting with new people, and the joy of the culinary process truly flourished. This passion eventually led me to transition into an accounting role, blending my interests seamlessly. Among the majestic Big Three animals, the leopard holds a special place in my heart as my favorite.

Waliko Mhango

Accountant

Waliko is a highly motivated and enthusiastic accounting professional with proven experience in business bookkeeping, tax accounting, and financial management. He has a reputation for investigating and resolving issues while constantly striving for process improvement. During his free time, he enjoys watching soccer and chatting with friends.

Operations

John Mhango

Operations Manager

John has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over seven years, specializing in accounts and operations. As an operations professional, he takes pleasure in planning logistics, resolving operational issues, and ensuring smooth operations to simplify everyone’s experience. In his free time, he is deeply interested in real estate and spends much of his leisure time exploring this passion.

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: October 2015 Reviewed: Feb 18, 2022

    For my third trip to Africa I chose the luangwa valley and Malawi. You will never forget the valley, even the light is special. Every game drive was awe inspiring. I met so many new friends, many I am still in contact with.

    Then, Mike drove me through Malawi to an awesome 3 day Mount Mulanje camping hike, Blantyre, Liwonde national park, then Cape Maclear. Boating, diving with the cichlids & exploring the exquisite lake coast.

    All with the eyes of a professional expert. I wish I could have seen Likoma island and the Northern parks. Next time. I learned so much about the people and culture of the section of Africa. I highly recommend the heart of Africa with Crafted Africa

    Kurt
    "Unforgettable African adventure"
  • Visited: July 2011 Reviewed: Feb 18, 2022

    We had an amazing time in Malawi. Having travelled extensively in other parts of Africa, I did not really know what to expect. Mike created a package that was personalised and perfect to our “pre wedding honeymoon”.
    Lake Malawi is a unique and amazing place. It will live in my memory forever – and is truly unique in terms of an African experience. Snorkelling is crystal clear, warm water surrounded by thousands of brilliantly coloured fish – all in an African landscape – is truly amazing. Our accommodation and food was great value for money too.
    On the whole – we found Malawians friendly and welcoming. We felt safe in Malawi the whole time we were there.
    I would highly recommend travelling to Malawi. And if you decide to do so – these are the guys to help you.

    John
    "Magic Malawi with Magic Mike"
  • 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: May 2021 Reviewed: Feb 15, 2022

    We used Crafted Africa for our tour of Malawi and couldn’t possibly be any happier with the whole experience. From the get go, Mike and his team responded to all of my communications quickly and professionally.

    They arranged everything we needed and at a really fair price. On arrival the wonderful Emmanuelle was at the airport to meet us with a big warm welcome and took care of every part of our trip for us. The vehicle was of a high standard, Emmanuelle was a safe and respectful driver, very organized and made us feel completely comfortable all the time.

    From the hustle and bustle of Lilongwe, to the rural areas alongside the lake his knowledge of every aspect of the country was amazing and our stay was so much more enriched for it. I would highly recommend using Crafted Africa and wouldn’t even contemplate doing another trip without them and their expertise!

    Vikki Richardson
    "Brilliant experience in Malawi!"
  • Visited: July 2018 Reviewed: Feb 15, 2022

    It was great dealing with Malawian Style/Crafted Africa in organising my first safari trip to Malawi and Zambia.

    The trip was just incredible, an out of this world experience and Mike had everything figured out and put in place for me.

    This was extra efficient as I was travelling alone but really felt my hand was held all the way. A fantastic experience and one I can’t wait to repeat again soon.

    Stephanie Patterson
    "Very thorough and knowledgeable, full of information and advice"
  • 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: July 2017 Reviewed: Feb 16, 2022

    We went on our first “African Safari” in 2017 and are so pleased we let Malawian Style/Crafted Africa do ALL the spadework. From the time we landed at Lilongwe and got a brief history of Malawi from our personal driver until he dropped us there 11 days later everything was exceptionally smooth and a wonderful experience of the warmth of Africa.

    Our visit to South Luangwa (The Bushcamp Co.) and Lake Malawi where we spent one night on Mumbo Island was effortless with border crossings proving to be no hassle for “our man” and all the bookings handled upfront for us by Mike and his team. Highly recommend them.

    Lindsay
    "Attentive to what we were seeking - and delivered!"
  • Visited: November 2019 Reviewed: Feb 15, 2022

    Crafted Africa are a brilliant travel company. From our very first communications the company made us feel like we were their number one priority – they were responsive, helpful, and willing to do everything they could to meet our specific needs and requests.

    In recent years Malawi’s National Parks have thrived and they now boast parks with the Big 5, making Malawi an even more appealing safari destination. You can now get a ‘complete safari’ experience at a fraction of the cost of more established safari destinations.

    Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and from the moment we arrived the Crafted Africa team brought that description to life – nothing was too much trouble. Our visit to Liwonde National Park was breath taking. Closely regulated visitor and vehicle numbers meant that we felt like we had the park to ourselves and the ability to swap an afternoon game drive for a leisurely river cruise allows you to experience safari from a whole new perspective. Looking up at bull elephants just meters away is something that will live long in our collective memories (and makes you feel very small!).

    Crafted Africa also allowed for us to experience a change of pace by organising a long weekend at Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi. Snorkelling amongst the incredible marine life and watching fish eagles hunt were stand two stand out experiences, but top of the pile has to be the sunset boat trip we took, complete with ‘sundowners’ with nature providing the most incredible of sunsets.

    I could not recommend Crafted Africa more highly and would definitely use them again. Value for money, amazing locations, hidden gems and the personal touch, there really isn’t anything not to like!

    Iain Church
    "Small enough to deliver the personal touch, large enough to deliver your dream holiday"
  • Visited: November 2021 Reviewed: Feb 16, 2022

    My wife and I travelled with Crafted Africa to Malawi and Zambia in November/December 2021. This was the second time we had visited Malawi with them, and on each occasion we have been more than satisfied. This trip was proceeding as planned until Saturday 27th November, when the UK Government suddenly decided without warning to red list many southern African countries, and then almost immediately added Malawi and Zambia to the original list. We were in a lodge miles from anywhere and had not the slightest prospect of meeting the deadline for return to the UK before quarantine kicked in.

    The following morning, even though he was miles away from us on a day off, our driver Francis came back to our lodge to collect us, without being asked, and returned us to Lilongwe so that we could prepare for an early return home. Flights were rearranged, an overnight stay was booked in Lilongwe, and on the Monday we knew we would have to wait until Wednesday for our flights. A lodge by the lake was booked for 2 nights, we were taken there, and collected on the Wednesday morning and returned to Lilongwe for hastily arranged Covid tests to get us out of the country. The results (negative!) were received very shortly afterwards, we were treated to lunch by Mike Varndell, the owner of Crafted Africa, and given 2 bottles of excellent South African wine as a small consolation for our inconvenience.


    We lost 4 days of our holiday, and the Covid quarantine back in the UK was both expensive and unpleasant, but at least we had the memory of how a negative situation was turned into a positive by the prompt, thoughtful and appropriate actions of the agent on the ground in the country. This is not an experience which we hope other travellers will be exposed to, but we certainly can recommend Crafted Africa, its staff and its owner for doing the right things when we needed them. We will we hope return again to Malawi, and we certainly expect to use this operator again.

    David & Lesley
    "This tour operator definitely goes the extra mile to support its customer"
  • I travelled with Mike and his team to Zambia on safari a few years ago and had a truly fantastic time. Staff were great, itinerary was very well thought through and I’m currently thinking of ways in which I can go back! Can’t recommend it enough.

    Emily – UK
    Once in a lifetime trip
  • 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: May 2019 Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022

    Crafted Africa really showed their pedigree when arranging our trip, they know the region and the accommodations like the back of their hand and created a perfect blend of bush and beach for our two week trip to Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
    Every destination exceeded expectations, and the travel between lodges was seamless. I cannot fault the communications, service or value for money for this tour operator.
    We would never have come close to the experience Crafted Africa provided if we’d attempted to arrange this trip without them.
    A million thanks!

    Toby
    "An amazing and professional bespoke service leading to the trip of a lifetime in Africa!"
  • Visited: December 2015 Reviewed: Mar 26, 2020

    A well organised and enjoyable safari for 2 families. A good price point for what is provided.

    Jamie
    "Great family trip!"
  • Visited: April 2014 Reviewed: Feb 2, 2020

    I travelled with Mike and his team to Zambia on safari a few years ago and had a truly fantastic time. Staff were great, itinerary was very well thought through and I’m currently thinking of ways in which I can go back! Can’t recommend it enough.

    Emily
    "Once in a lifetime trip"
  • Visited: December 2017 Reviewed: Feb 2, 2020

    The service, tour, and cleanliness of accommodation exceeded expectations. Top class!

    Stacy
    "This was such an amazing experience! Highly recommend!"
  • Visited: January 2017 Reviewed: Jan 27, 2020

    Amazing trip! Definitely one of my best ones yet. Hopefully will be able to revisit.

    Jeff
    "Very polite and well educated with the surroundings!"
  • 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 2011 Reviewed: Jan 26, 2020

    We had such great time with Malawian Style and great support when needed during the trip. The organization and the itinerary were perfect. The selection of lodges was great, we have so many great souvenirs with this 3 weeks trip in Malawi. Thanks again!

    Christian and Karine
    "Amazing trip in the "warn heart of Africa""
  • 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: April 2019 Reviewed: Jan 22, 2020

    Communication was excellent! Service was excellent and the safari was out of this world! We got to see every animal promised and the setting was absolutely beautiful.
    The Malawian style driver was very informative and the tour guides were great!
    Accommodation for our fairly large group was very comfortable and the service was on point.

    Dida
    "It was easy to make the bookings, transfers were timely and staff were very helpful and friendLily!"
  • Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Jan 21, 2020

    My boyfriend and I had a trip of a lifetime last April, organised by Malawian Style. The itinerary they created for us was perfect, with a mix of beautiful and unique places in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Everywhere we stayed was so special, whether it be on the lake or on safari. I cannot recommend them enough if you are looking to visit this incredible part of the world.

    Rina
    "They planned a trip of a lifetime for us"
  • 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"
  • Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    I’ve been using Malawian Style to organize safaris for me for the past 8 years. Each time they have been professional and handled everything for me with ease. They have recommended unique safari options depending on time of year and budget. If you want someone who knows all the ins and outs of safari in this part of the world look no further!

    Erin
    "Everything taken care of! Always a great experience."
  • Visited: November 2018 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    I contacted Malawian Style about a 3 day Safari at short notice, as an anniverary gift to my partner. We were collected from our previous location by a really friendly member of staff, and transported to Mvuu Camp. When we got there, we were surprised with an upgrade to Mvuu Lodge which was so unbelievably generous of Malawian Style! We had just spent three days hiking and camping on Mt Mulanje, and then were greeted with such luxury and hospitality. The day safari was exceptional, a mixture of boat and land. The guides were so knowledgable and really got to know us and tailored the outings to our interests, while educating us on things we never knew about. The food was fantastic. Then on the last night for our anniversary, we were surprised with a candlelit dinner on our beautiful balcony, all on the house. It was the most magical experience, and I couldnt have asked for anything more. I am definately going to return to this safari lodge, thanks to Mike and his amazing team for the trip of a lifetime!

    Dee
    "The most wonderful, luxurious accommodating Safari experience!"
  • Visited: April 2013 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    For our honeymoon we booked a trip with Malawian Style to the south of lake Malawi. It was breathtakingly beautiful and very well organised. The transfer from the airport to our first lodge and everything in between was arranged by Malawian Style.

    Eben
    "Honeymoon in Malawi"
  • Visited: April 2015 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    My husband and I, with the help of Malawian Safaris, hosted a YPO (Young Presidents Organisation) family event in Malawi in 2015. The event took place in Lilongwe and at Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island. There were 25 attendees and the Malawian Safari team were instrumental in making this a very successful event for which we received an award from YPO. Mike, Tapiwa and team did all the coordination, bookings, itineraries for the 5 day event and provided all the back up support. Thank you to Malawian Safaris the YPOers who attended this event still talk about it.

    Akeela Okhai
    "Professional, Efficient and Went the Extra Mile"
  • Visited: April 2017 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    I was fortunate to find Malawian Style Safari tours when planning my dream trip to Africa. After contacting them I knew I was in good hands. They helped me find the perfect Safari Lodge for my family trip. They even arranged a personal driver escort to help us get across the border from Malawi to Zambia with no problems. I am planning another family Safari and will definitely call Malawian Style to take care of my trip!!!

    Derek s.
    "My dream trip to Africa!!!"
  • Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jan 15, 2020

    The Malawianstyle dream team helped me design a beautiful bush & beach trip to Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. I can highly recommend them!

    Charlotte
    "Safari experts"
  • Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Jan 15, 2020

    Malawian Style are THE experts in the Malawi/Zambia region. They organized an itinerary for us (family of four with 2 adult children) that hit the most luxurious and breathtakingly beautiful lodges and ensured variety as we moved between safari, lakeside relaxation, a tea estate nestled in rolling mountains, and culturally interesting cities. Everything went flawlessly and our driver Eddie was a real professional, and taught us so much about the area and culture. For the Zambia bit, they organized flights on tiny planes that land in the middle of game parks with a lodge car waiting (seeing the hippos and giraffes from the air was AMAZING).

    After this first trip with Malawian Style in July 2013, I was aching to go back, finally making it happen again in April 2019. My husband and I called it our extremely belated “honeymoon” and Malawian Style organized an incredible itinerary. This time we drove ourselves between lodges, armed by the Malawian Style team with a phone, contact details, itinerary, GPS/map, and vouchers. It was so easy, and interesting to be driving through villages, then arrive at a lodge to be greeted with cold towels and wrapped in the arms of luxury.

    About Malawian Style, what I loved most is their knowledge of the area – they scope out every lodge and were able to give the best recommendations, including which exact “tent” (can’t even call it that, more like mini place) / room we want (e.g. #6 has a plunge pool, but #10 at the end gets elephants at the water’s edge below it at night). They helped us go over trade-offs, and somehow accommodated all of our crazy desires. Organization was excellent, we got some pretty spiffy itineraries and pre-travel info before our trip.

    I really can’t say enough how great our trips were and how Malawian Style made the planning so easy and the travel so simple! Thank you!!! (In particular Mike, Razzia, and Guide Eddie) Can’t wait for #3 😛

    Alex T
    "Crazy beautiful lodge recs. Variety from beach to safari to mountain trekking. Perfectly organized"
  • Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Sep 27, 2019

    Excellent and friendly customer service, they organised an awesome tour through Zambia and Malawi for me and my husband and for an affordable price! 10/10

    Maria
    "These guys know their stuff!"
  • Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Jan 17, 2020

    In April last year I travelled with my girlfriend to Malawi. We wished to self drive the route Lilongwe, Cape Maclear, Mvuu Lodge, Blantyre back to Lilongwe. Communication from the start was prompt, informative and friendly. On arrival we were met by another friendly and knowledgeable representative with an excellent vehicle full with fuel. The representative also provided a mobile phone with all our required contacts and detailed directions for our trip. Our trip was a relaxed adventure, Cape Maclear is beautiful, laid back and a requirement in life. We moved easily onto Mvuu driving down the lakeshore road with all its bustle and then open spaces. Mvuu lodge is luxury, tranquility and nature all around you. We saw all the game we wanted guided by local experts who had an answer for all our questions. Malawi is stunning for its sights and people, Malawian Style ensures the whole experience is easy and relaxed. We will return to Malawi and we will be in contact with Malawian Style when we return.

    Chris Williams
    "Returning Home"
  • Visited: April 2016 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2020

    Mike is so personable and accommodating.He collected and drove us to Zambia and was a great host. The lodge we stayed in South Luangwa was comfy, clean and had everything we needed.

    We stayed for 3 days doing morning and night safaris. It was AMAZING. Everything was really well organised. Couldn’t recommend it more. Brilliantly organised, highly professional and great great fun. 5 stars

    Carol
    "We had an incredible experience. Couldn’t have asked for a better operator to take us on safari"
  • Visited: July 2015 Reviewed: Jan 24, 2020

    Michael was awesome. He drove our group from Malawi to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. They provided drinks and sandwiches during our travel. Once at the camp, our lodging was excellent. I had the privilege of securing a luxury tent which made the safari experience even more fun. If you you’re looking for a safari adventure, be sure to call Malawian Style and ask for Mike. You won’t be disappointed!

    Bryan
    "Like no other."
  • 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 – United States US
    This was the easiest trip I have ever booked!!
  • We had such great time with Malawian Style and great support when needed during the trip. The organization and the itinerary were perfect. The selection of lodges was great, we have so many great souvenirs with this 3 weeks trip in Malawi. Thanks again!

    Christian and Karine – France FR
    Amazing trip in the "warm heart of Africa"
  • 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 – United States US
    Long-time happy customers
  • My boyfriend and I had a trip of a lifetime last April, organised by Malawian Style. The itinerary they created for us was perfect, with a mix of beautiful and unique places in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Everywhere we stayed was so special, whether it be on the lake or on safari. I cannot recommend them enough if you are looking to visit this incredible part of the world.

    Rina – UK
    They planned a trip of a lifetime for us

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