The Republic of Malawi is an African landlocked country situated in the southeastern part of the continent. Formerly, the country was named Nyasaland. The state has borders with Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Lake Malawi separates the country from Mozambique and Tanzania. The nickname of the country is ‘Africa’s Warm Heart’ because it has very friendly people.
Malawi is a poor country with a rural population and an economy based on agriculture. Despite this fact, it comprises many attractions worth visiting. It encompasses numerous ethnic groups and even Europeans and Asians. It also has a rich culture that you have to discover. Music, dance, art, sports and countless colonial and native aspects are combined in the culture of Malawi.
Malawi is divided into three major regions. The Southern Malawi has the largest population and includes European influences. It features cities like Monkey Bay Mangochi and Chikwawa. It also has some national parks such as Majete Wildlife Park, Liwonde National Park and Lake Malawi National Park. The Central Malawi shelters Lilongwe, the capital city, and the Kasungu National Park and the Ntchisi Forest Reserve. The Northern Malawi features extensive highlands and the shore of Lake Malawi. The Nyika National Park and Vwasa Wildlife Reserve can also be seen here.
Lilongwe is the political capital and it’s worth visiting. The Lilongwe wildlife centre is the best attraction in this city. It is a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue centre and offers great tours. Blantyre is the largest city and the economic capital of Malawi. It has an attractive market and street culture, a wide variety of restaurants and hotels, a vibrant nightlife and an interesting downtown. Visit the All Angels and St Michael Church and Mandala House. Zomba is another beautiful city. It was the former capital of the country and it’s known for the Zomba Plateau and the British colonial architecture. Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay, Monkey Bay, Mangochi, Karonga, Mzuzu and Limbe are also worth visiting.
Be a local at Malawi
The people of Malawi are vibrant, colorful, welcoming and friendly. From your very first visit, you’ll be engaged with the locals. Spend some time in the villages, stay overnight and get a grasp over the daily life, the traditions and cultures. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget. On your road to the countryside, don’t forget to stop and admire the amazing and diverse landscapes. This lush and green country has wonderful river valleys, escarpments, plains, mountains, forests, highlands and plateaux. Malawi also has a variety of activities, from water sports to boat activities. Some of the special tourist tours include art safaris, tea factory tours and yoga holidays.
Don’t forget to taste the local cuisine comprising of pumpkin leaves, tiny dried fish, maize and fish, chicken or beef relishes.
Off the beat attractions
Cape Maclear is an off the beat attraction. It’s an isolated fishing village that features wonderful deserted beaches with blue and crystal-clear water. The sun seekers, boaters and backpackers will love this place because is silent and relaxing.
Make the best out of your visit in Malawi and go there between May and October.