Whether one is arriving as a tourist or traveling on business, Malawi is a place where visitors always want to return to because of its magnificent beauty, rich cultural heritage and the vibrant people renowned for their warmth and hospitality. It is one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. No wonder it has earned the accolade “the warm heart of Africa!”
From the plateaus of Nyika, Viphya and Zomba to the valleys of lower Shire, experience the real beauty of this small but magnificent country. Malawi has all the traditionally prized features, such as luxury hotels, eco-lodges, sun-drenched beaches, wildlife, scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and other adventures for the young at heart. Here are just a few of the tourist attractions in Malawi.
Lake Malawi’s crystal clear fresh waters and shaded by majestic palms is the major tourist attraction. The lake stretches for over 580 km from north to south and is 75 km across at its widest point. One of the unique places to visit is the Marine Park at Cape Maclear which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is home to over 1000 endemic recorded species of cichlids. Snorkeling on this part of the Lake is very much like snorkeling in an aquarium due to the numerous varieties of brightly coloured and patterned cichlids. The ideal time to enjoy this adventure is between the months of August to December when visibility can reach up to 30 metres.
Liwonde National Park
The country’s five national parks and four wildlife reserves provide excellent game viewing and unforgettable bird watching experience. However, Liwonde National Park is the jewel of Malawi’s game-viewing areas. It is certainly one of the most scenic, with the Shire River, full of hippos and crocodiles, winding along its western border before
flowing into Lake Malombe.
The Lake of Stars Musical Festival
This award winning yearly musical and arts festival held in September on the shores of Lake Malawi, has something for everyone. A three-day festival of fun and cultural exchange, it is a time to get lost in the Warm Heart of Africa while soaking up the unique atmosphere only good music and Malawi’s majestic lake can offer.
WHEN TO VISIT
Malawi is always beautiful but the cooler months (May to August) are comfortable for visitors from the northern hemisphere. Game viewing is best in the dry season (October and November) when the animals are forced to visit water sources.
GETTING TO MALAWI
Malawi lies within two and a half hour flight time from Africa’s three major hubs of: Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. There are daily flights to and from Malawi from these three hubs. Visit Malawi to experience its beauty and the warmth of its wonderful people. You will surely fall in love with Malawi – the warm heart of Africa.
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