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Adventure holidays: safaris and wildlife in Malawi's national parks

If you're thinking of making your next holiday a little more adventurous, a safari could be just what you're after. Malawi offers the chance to see wildlife away from the crowds, in stunning areas of unspoilt wilderness. Situated in eastern Africa and bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, safaris in Malawi are accessible, affordable and allow you to enjoy nature away from throngs of tourists on more travelled trails.

Home to national parks such as Nyika, Malawi's largest, and Liwonde National Park, this country is wonderful for trekking and mountain biking as well as more conventional four-wheel-drive excursions. 

You can spot large numbers of antelope and zebra, as well as leopards and a number of species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Liwonde National Park has Malawi's biggest elephant population. The best time to visit is in the dry season, from May to November, when they spend much of their time near or in the river, drinking, playing and feeding in large herds.

Here HELLO! Online takes you on a journey of life through a lens with travel photographer Marcus Westberg, who is dedicated to exploring and sharing the natural and cultural wonders of the world through writing and photography...

Dawn outside the country's capital, Lilongwe. The smoke from cooking fires is often the first sight to greet early risers, and the mist hugs the land until the sun has risen 

These children are on their way to school, where they hope to learn enough to create a bright future for themselves and their country 

A herd of elands - Africa's largest antelopes - observe as they are approached on foot in the early morning mist in Nyika National Park 

Zebras scan the horizon and keep a weary eye on the photographer's crew as they approach on foot. By moving very, very slowly they are able to get within twenty metres of them before they decide that enough is enough and bolt 

The best way to see Liwonde's elephants is undoubtedly by boat, but it is good to keep the motor running in case they decide that they would rather be alone - they are rather bigger than most boats around. See more breathtaking photographs at LifeThroughALens.com or follow on Facebook 

The golden green hills of the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi are unlike anywhere else in Africa 

Sunset at one of the dams in Nyika National Park, where you can give fly-fishing for trout a go 

Pied kingfishers make a good living along the meanderings of the Liwonde River, patiently waiting for fish, amphibians and invertebrates to come their way 

African sunsets are understandably famous for their striking beauty, and Malawi is no exception. This one is captured in Liwonde National Park in the southeastern part of the country, near the border to Mozambique 

Liwonde National Park has Malawi's biggest elephant population, and they spend much of their time near or in the river, drinking, playing and feeding in large herds 

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