SAA celebrates 60 years of flying to Lilongwe, Malawi

SAA celebrates 60-years of flying to Lilongwe and Blantyre in Malawi, a milestone that confirms its commitment to bringing the world to Africa and taking Africa to the world.

Described as the “warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is one of the most beautiful countries on the continent with an unrivalled combination of stunning landscapes, lakes, wildlife and culture.

Divided into the three regions (North, Central and South), Malawi is relatively compact compared to its neighbours. The local people are always ready to help and give useful advice, which, combined with good transport links, means getting around is relatively easy.

As November to April is the wet season when temperatures are warm and conditions are humid, the best time to visit is April to October and October/ November for game viewing.

SAA appreciates the continued support given to the route for the past 60 years by its passengers, which points to the airline’s reliability, safety and cost-friendliness.

SAA flies to Lilongwe daily and three times a week to Blantyre.

Where to go and what to see in Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city is a quiet and enjoyable place to hang out for a day or two. The modern city centre offers many activities and attractions, the Old Town has a friendly vibe with craft stalls, cafes, restaurants, while the main market has frenetic energy with lively streets filled with music.

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, an animal rescue and educational facility for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals, which offers guided wildlife tours and plays a crucial role in the country’s wildlife conservation.

Malawi is the world’s largest tobacco producer, so make sure you don’t miss the tobacco auctions held in huge warehouses in the city from May to September.

Malawi’s number one wildlife destination, Liwonde National Park, is surrounded by floodplains, woodlands and the Shire River. It’s the ideal place to spot pods of hippos and crocodiles, as you lazily meander with the current in a canoe or boat safari.

With granite peaks over 3000m high, Mount Mulanje offers dense green valleys, dazzling rivers and dramatic waterfalls. The locals call it the “Island from the Sky”. On misty days the mountain is completely shrouded in a cotton-wool haze, leaving only the peak visible from above.

Sloping hills, broad valleys, waterfalls, flower-rich grasslands and even a “magic lake” are just some of the many things that make Nyika Park a must-see destination.

Sitting at 1800m above sea level, Nyika Plateau is often considered to be the area’s main attraction – a perfect spot for hiking where zebras, bushbucks and roan antelopes will guide you through the quiet trails. It can get cold up there and visitors can take shelter in one of the chalets with a log fire.

Naturally, you must save the best for last. For those who would love to get a little wet, Malawi has a spectacle that’s unrivalled in the animal kingdom. At Nkhata Bay on Lake Malawi, you have the opportunity to snorkel amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking freshwater fish, the Cichlids. Ranging from beautiful blues to yellow and black, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re snorkelling along a coral reef in the Indian Ocean. This is truly an activity not to be missed.

So if all of the above has you longing to pack a suitcase and head on out, why not book your flight to Malawi now at and explore the “Warm heart of Africa”.