Reasons to Visit
The majestic Lake Malawi covers a fifth of the country, its sparkling waters stretching for 500 kilometres. Fringed by idyllic sandy beaches, it is often more reminiscent of the ocean off a tropical island than a rare body of water in a landlocked African country.
With excellent guides and a range of water habitats, Malawi is a great destination for birding enthusiasts. Possibly best of all is the Nyika Plateau, home to a range of species that you will not find in neighbouring countries due to its utterly unique environment.
Always peaceful and welcoming, Malawi boasts a rich cultural and colonial heritage. An integral part of the missionary route trodden by Livingstone and his followers, echoes can be seen in Blantyre and Zomba, but nowhere is it more apparent than at the awesome St Peter’s Cathedral on Likoma Island.
For the freshwater and cychlid enthusiast, Lake Malawi is a spectacular arena for snorkelling and diving. On the lake there are several places that offer top class snorkelling and diving spots, including Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island and Danforth Yachting in the Cape Maclear area.
In the shadow of Mount Mulanje, the tea plantations of Thyolo are a wonderfully relaxed place to visit and enjoy the brilliant green fields, mahogany forests and small water falls. Time can be spent learning about how the tea is made or exploring the lush landscapes under your own steam.
Lake Malawi is a mecca for enthusiasts of smaller aquatic life, with more freshwater fish species than Europe and North America combined. The sparkling tropical waters are filled with over 1,000 different rainbow-coloured cychlid fish, many of which are endemic to the lake.
Malawi isn't a Big 5 Safari destination however Liwonde National Park does offer beautiful riverine scenery, large herds of elephant, big hippo pods, crocs, several different antelope species and a myriad of bird species including the rare Pels Fishing Owl. The boat safaris are a real highlight here. With a couple of new camps opening up Malawi's Majete Reserve is also an intriguing destination for those seeking an off the beaten track wildlife experience with the chance to see black rhino, elephant, buffalo and a variety of plains game.
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Liwonde is Malawi’s premier game-viewing destination. Game includes elephant, sable antelope, waterbuck, impala, and bushbuck, and the birding is excellent.
Liwonde is Malawi’s premier game-viewing destination and while the game here does not match Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, it does not fail to impress.
The park is dominated by the vast Shire River, with its banks covered in lush vegetation, the many resident hippo pods and the constant splash of crocodiles.
Game includes elephant, sable antelope, waterbuck, impala, and bushbuck, and the birding is excellent. In the centre of the park a protected area provides a safe haven for the black rhino, buffalo and zebra which are being reintroduced to the park.
Activities in the park include game drives, walks and boat trips. A gin and tonic sundowner looking over the Shire River is the perfect way to end the day.
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