Malawi -The Warm Heart of Africa

Hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches line this tideless inland sea. Relax in the sun on an uncrowded beach with long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore

Malawi's vast variety, overwhelming friendliness  great lake, wildlife, landscape and culture makes it an ideal getaway for families.

Formally known as Nyasaland, it's surrounded by Mozambique,Zambia, and Tanzania.

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The initial western inception was when David Livingstone entered the shores in 1859. A British wiped out  slave trade in 1891.

For such a small country it has an unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife. From rugged highlands to lowland plains, Malawi has an incredible variety of stunning landscapes.

The unique rolling hills of orchid-clad Nyika; the cool forested plateau of Zomba; the 10000 ft climbers’ paradise of Mulanje Massif; the broad and fertile Shire Valley.

Malawi means the “glitter of the sun rising across the lake”.  And this vast inland sea is what we think about when we think about Malawi.

Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, the 10th largest in the world and covers 1/5th of Malawi. It’s sometimes called the Calendar Lake because it’s 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.

 

Or find out more about the country. Karonga has an interesting but turbulent history as a centre for the notorious nineteenth-century slave trade.

 

 

Now the town is the site of a new museum focused on both its cultural history and the recent archaeological finds of dinosaur and hominid bones.

At the top of the northerly point of the lake, you will find Nkhata Bay, that was reached by  David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre.

Bandawe Mission was the place that Dr Robert Laws made the second attempt to establish a Livingstonia Mission. Like Cape Maclear, malaria took its toll and the missionaries moved further north to the present site on the Kondowe Plateau. The banked seating and  lateral sided pulpit of the church and missionary graves remain

 

Off the eastern shore of the Lake is Likoma Island: a small piece of Malawi in Mozambican waters. This is where the headquarters of Livingstone’s mission to Central Africa in the 1880s.  That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

Visit the world’s first freshwater national park. Lake Malawi National Park, close to Monkey Bay, lies towards the southern extremity of the lake. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres offshore. It’s also a world heritage site.

Snorkelling and scuba-diving are increasingly popular here because of the attraction of seeing the brilliantly coloured fish, the mbuna.

Lake Malawi contains more fish than any other lake in the world. Some of the rarest tropical fish in the world are unique to this vast lake. it has about 1000 species of fish. It’s is a true kaleidoscopic aquarium.

The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world and will feed directly from the hand.

Marine animals include two species of otter and occasional crocodiles.

Away from the lake, the park has baboons, klipspringer, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and hamerkops. In the North the

In the North the lake is quite extraordinarily deep: 700m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley which is the origin of the Lake itself.

Try out the range of watersports available along the length of Lake Malawi. Swimming, waterskiing, sailing and kayaking are all available along the extraordinarily clear lakeshore.

Because of its rich harvest of fish, the Lake plays an important part in the country’s economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the length of the lakeshore and you’re welcome to visit the traditional industry. Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Malawi is an ideal destination not to be missed in Africa. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

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Malawi Markets, Museums, Music and Dance

Mzuzu is the capital of the northern region. The famous Livingstonia Mission and its museum is close.

900 m above Lake Malawi there are views of incredible beauty across the lake to Tanzania. Livingstonia is a mission settlement dating from 1894 and established by Robert Laws a disciple of David Livingstone.

 

The Old Stone House, which was the home of the Laws family, is now a resthouse and museum.

Explore Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. Alongside the traditional Old Town, with its markets, is the modern city and seat of government with its imaginative architecture in a garden setting.

Blantyre,  is the commercial capital of Malawi as well as the largest town. It was established at the end of  19th century. It is really two towns: Blantyre and Limbe, joined by a development corridor.  The city was originated by David Livingstone’s Scottish missionaries. It’s named after Livingstone’s birthplace in Scotland.

Blantyre has many historical buildings including, Old  Boma, the original town hall. The Mandala House , built in 1882 was the African Lakes Company headquarters. It was the first two-storey building in Malawi and is believed to be the country’s oldest house. The most impressive are the tow churches, All Angels  an St Michael . These were  with no  formal architecture, construction o brick-making training

 

 

You’ll find the Thyolo (pronounced Cho’lo) tea estates between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje. Tea has been grown here since 1908 and the primly trimmed bushes (strictly trees) make the whole area look like a neatly kept but vast garden.

Nkhotakota, on the central lakeshore, is one of Africa’s oldest market towns and was once a centre of the slave trade. Or else there Nkhata Bay, a busy port and market and a favourite shop and stop place.

 

Everything is Malawi is handmade.  There’s no factory production of curios. So have a look for woodcarvings, wood and cane furniture, soapstone carvings, decorated wooden articles, colourful textiles, pottery, beadwork, cane and raffia. The standard of woodcarving is one of the highest in Africa. The Mua Mission, south of Salima, where carvers are trained, has an excellent shop. Traditional musical instruments are also sold throughout Malawi.

Malawi has a thoroughly deserved reputation for the friendliness of its people. This is a land of smiles, of genuine friendship. The Gule Wamkulu (performed by the Chewa and Mang’anja), with its heavily carved masks, feathers and skin paint, is an important dance in Malawian culture.

Malawians have long been travellers, and their music has spread across Africa. In the late 1960s, Malawi produced its own kwela stars, like Daniel Kachamba & His Kwela Band. By the 1970s, electric guitars, American rock and roll, soul and funk influenced the music scene, to create a fusion called afroma lead by the band New Scene, led by Morson Phuka.

The 1980s saw soukous from the Democratic Republic of the Congo become popular. The Malawian variety was called kwasa kwasa.  The traditional music of Malawian music has also reached commercial success, like folk fusionist Pamtondo, whose music uses rhythms from the Lomwe, Makuwa and Man’ganja peoples.

Music can be the food of love.  But sometimes you need some real food.  And malawi’s got some special tastes. Chumbo – tilapia fish is the main lake delicacy.  Eaten with Mthochi – bread made from bananas and Mbatata cookie made with sweet potato and cinnamon it’s a great meal. Top it off with Malawi gin and tonic,  Inexpensive and it’s developed an almost cult status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The currency in Malawi is the Kwacha.
  • And in terms of electricity, they use 50Hz volts.
  • The standard plus is square three-pin.
  • Chichewa is the main language that is widely spoken, but the language of the business community is English.
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Exploring Safari in Malawi


Malawi has unique scenery, evergreen forests, waterfalls, rare wildlife and stunning valleys. Go wildlife and game viewing in the national parks, without the tarred roads filled with convoys of 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Malawi’s nine Wildlife Reserves offer truly unspoilt wilderness. A Safari experience that will be the thrill of safaris with crowds of elephants, leopards, rhino. hippos and antelope

Look for elephants during the early mornings and evenings in Kasungu National Park, when they come to drink from dambos (river channels). The grasslands support large herds of buffalo and kudu and reedbuck.

Malawi has the best birdlife in the region. Vwasa Wildlife Reserve has close to 300 species including stork, heron and the white-faced tree duck.

Herds of thirty or forty elephants are regularly to be seen and there are large numbers of hippos.

Lake Kazuni, near the main entrance to the reserve is famous for its hippos. Buffalo are present in the reserve but their roaming habits make their sightings less easy to predict.

Stunning Sceneries

Nyika National Park

Nyika , Malawi’s largest park and completely unique in Africa. It means “where the water comes from” and it’s one of Malawi’s most important catchment areas.

In the rainy season, the park is covered with wildflowers and over 200 types of orchid. It also has a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’ the magnificent Nyika Plateau towers to 2500m

Nyika is wonderful for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris to see the diminutive duiker, or Zebra, warthog, bush pig, eland and roan.

The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa. If you’re lucky you can catch lions and elephants. For the birdwatcher, over 400 species have been recorded including the rare Denham’s bustard, the wattled crane and the red-winged francolin – endemic to Nyika.

Be mesmerised by the stunning

Views at the top of the 2,100m Zomba Plateau. Its vast forests and waterfalls tower above Zomba, a university town and the former capital. Or climb the magnificent Mulanje Massif. The highest mountain in central Africa, the central point of this huge block of mountains, which cover more than 640 sq km and rises to over 3,000m can be seen at Sapitwa. Dedza, Michiru, Ndirande and Chiradzulu also offer challenging slopes.

Malawi – A Jewel in the Centre of Africa

The main attractions in attractions are the wildlife reserves and national parks and wildlife reserves of unspoilt wilderness where animals are discovered in natural habitat and not merely observed.

Safaris in Malawi cater for all budgets and tastes, You can either rent an open 4×4 for a game drive or take a walking safari and dive safely into the wild.

One other popular option is taking a boat safari on Shire River. This is a great way to see animals from short distances as they have little fear of people that are in a boat,

You get to float close to a mass of hippos and elephants drinking nearby! Other close encounters can be had, for example, when tracking

Close encounters in Majete Reserve can be tracking elephants. Horseback safaris are another opportunity to ride along zebras and antelopes.

The big five ( leopard, elephant lion, buffalo, and rhino) are in Malawi with splendid antelope range and smaller cats. Hippos are found in large numbers and are symbolic of the wildlife scene. Malawi definitely makes a memorable Safari.

Malawi is a popular option for first timers who want a taste of Africa but it is also a sophisticated experience for distinguished wildlife enthusiasts or those who wish to wander and feel the Malawi experience.

With a few visitors, there is an opportunity to solely experience the fascinating peacefulness of an astounding natural environment.  Get ready for lifetime experiences: ExploremotherlandAfrica#