Volunteer in Malawi

Renowned as being the 'Warm Heart of Africa', Malawi is a must on any trip to the continent. Often bypassed by travellers in favour of its better known neighbours Zambia and Tanzania, Malawi is now thankfully begin to gain in popularity. No wonder – it was recently voted as one of the world's friendliest nations.

Perhaps the biggest attraction here lies in the stunning Lake Malawi. Also known as the 'lake of stars', this lake offers crystal clear waters, a wide array of flora and fauna (including a myriad of tropical fish more akin to a coral reef) and charming beachside locations.

What's more, with its rich cultural and historical heritage, incredible landscapes, vibrant music and more than welcoming people – Malawi is a must for any traveller visiting the region.

Volunteering in Malawi is a great way to immerse yourself into its charm, and what better way to do that then at the at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre? Not only will you get to be able to assist with wide variety of wildlife species, but you will also get to experience the people and culture of Lilongwe – one of the 'happiest cities on earth'.

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With no fewer than 9 National Parks, Malawi is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Whilst it may not have the large number of predators that the neighbouring countries have, this small African gem makes up for it in other ways. Malawi has a huge number of bird species, and Lake Malawi is positively bustling with marine life. You will not be disappointed with the wildlife if you take a trip to the country, and when visiting you may be able to spot:

  • Leopards
  • Zebra
  • Rhino
  • Hippopotamus
  • Crocodiles
  • Lillian’s Lovebird (endemic to Malawi!)

One of the best places to see wildlife in Malawi is at the Lake of the same name, as the water draws animals from miles away, but with such a large number of National Parks you will be guaranteed to have an intensive wildlife experience in some of the world’s most unspoilt areas of nature.


As mentioned above, Malawi is often called the “warm heart of Africa” and this is for good reason. The people of Malawi are some of the friendliest in the world! Malawians often live with their extended families in groups of houses that then form a village. Everything is shared in this country of 16 million people, and because of that they will have no problems sharing elements of their culture with you including:

  • Their traditional food stuffs like sweet potato cookies and banana fritters.
  • Their music which was heavily influenced by the Zulu Ngoni people of South Africa.
  • The skill behind the creation of a “Chief Chair”, which can be found throughout the country and have a rich historical element to their creation.

I can’t think of any good reason not to visit and explore the “warm heart of Africa”, so can you?

Popular Destinations

Malawi is a fantastic country to explore with friends or even as a solo traveller as the chances are you will make a new friend whilst there anyway! There are a lot of places to go to whilst you are in Malawi, and some of the best ones are:

  • Lake Malawi – We have mentioned it previously, but the world’s 9th largest lake is home to more species of fish than any other, so this is the perfect place to take a dip, explore, and relax.
  • Liwonde National Park – Perfect for any animal lovers out there, this is an incredible location to camp whilst watching herds of elephants and maybe even a rare black rhino walk past!
  • Chongoni Rock Art Area – Located in the middle of Malawi, this area consists of 127 sites which have depictions of rock art and paintings created in the late Stone Age and Iron Age periods.

If you don’t know what to do next in Malawi then just ask, you’ll never be far from a friendly tour guide here!

Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Australian Office
The Great Projects,
39 Cairngorm Street,
Carrara, 4211

T: +61(0) 755020457