Landlocked between Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, Malawi is affectionately known as the warm heart of Africa. One of Africa’s smallest countries, it’s also one of the most discreet and remains largely unspoilt by tourism. However the curious visitor will be well rewarded by the variety of landscapes including mountaintops, grasslands, forests, and Africa’s third largest but most beautiful lake, Lake Malawi. Not to mention the smiles and hospitality of the friendly Malawians.
Occupying 20% of the country, Lake Malawi is its physical and spiritual heart. Its clear, mineral-rich waters are home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, including many species of brightly coloured cichlid fish. The central lake area is famed for its white sandy beaches, and bird lovers are drawn here by the numerous bird species, including many waterbirds.
Liwonde National Park is also renowned for its exceptional birdlife with almost 300 species, plus it’s home to dense populations of elephants, hippos and crocodiles, while the Majete is the only reserve in Malawi where you can see the big five.
For a change of scenery visit the magnificent Zomba Plateau, a giant mountaintop that’s home to baboons, large birds of prey, giant butterflies, and, if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a leopard.