Malawi is a small country in southern Africa represented by diverse terrain, abundant wildlife, rich culture, friendly people and Lake Malawi. Apart from typical African wildlife experiences, Malawi offers plenty of other activities ranging from hiking and trekking to diving and snorkelling. Malawi hosts the “Lake of Stars Festival” – one of Africa’s biggest music festivals.
Capital Lilongwe is located in the centre of the country and is best-known for Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – a shelter for orphaned, rescued and injured animals. Other major attractions include Kamuzu Mausoleum, Tobacco Auction Floors and the Parliament Building.
Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa that spreads across 3 countries – Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The southern end of the lake is a UNESCO world heritage listed national park that encircles the sandy beaches and islands of Cape Maclear peninsula. Together with nearby Monkey Bay, this region is a backpacker’s paradise and offers good snorkelling and fishing in the lake.
Northern Malawi is home to the country’s oldest national park – UNESCO listed Nyika National Park, which can be accessed from the village of Livingstonia. The park has a large leopard population along with zebras, elephants, antelope and bushbucks. Nyika National Park offers great hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching opportunities.
Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi, is a prime wildlife-watching destination where you will encounter plenty of land and river-based wildlife. However, to witness the African Big Five in Malawi, visit Majete Wildlife Reserve.
Hiking and mountain-biking along the streams, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife in the highlands of Zomba Plateau is quite popular. The 3000m tall Mt Mulanje is another great hiking destination.
The landlocked country of Malawi is endowed with some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, the iconic Lake Malawi and exciting outdoor activities making it a nature lover’s delight.
Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa that spreads across 3 countries – Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.