“It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.”
* Will Smith
Malawi, known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, is home to the most friendly and welcoming people, verywhere you go smiling faces greet you with a warm welcome, as well as wonderful hospitality.
Malawi is a small country wedged between Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia, is dominated by the vast Lake Malawi that covers approximately a fifth of the country and is characterised by a stunningly varied terrain, a number of well run national parks, and, of course, its extraordinary lake; Malawi is something of a very well-kept secret.
In recent years, Malawi has become a serious holiday and safari destination thanks to extraordinary conservation success and the crystal waters of Lake Malawi, the sustainable tourism and conservation practice, with the reintroduction of Big Five wildlife across its national parks, make Malawi a successfully story.
Lake Malawi, known as the Lake of Stars, is an inland freshwater sea, is home to the world’s greatest number of lake-dwelling fish species with over 1,000 different exotic, cichlid, fish and was one of the first large areas of freshwater to receive national park status; it’s characterized by crystal-clear waters, pristine sandy beaches and fascinating rock formations.
Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa, in some point up to seven hundred metres deep, is a watersport paradise with windsurfing, sailing, boat trips, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling.
A number of beautiful islands dotter the Lake and picturesque villages animate the shoreline, Likoma Island is the larger of two inhabited islands on Lake Malawi, it has pristine sandy beeches and offers some of the best diving and snorkelling experience in Malawi.
Tasting tea in one of the plantations in a truly experience in Malawi, in Mulanje area the landscape is stunning with pretty tea fields, cascading waterfalls, lush farmland and thick forests.
Malawi is an off-beat-tracks destination and, beyond the lake, offers excellent opportunity to enjoy a wildlife safari, in the south of Malawi Lake there are two beautiful protected areas: Majete Reserve and Liwonde National Park.
Majete Wildlife Reserve is a tale of a park rising from the ashes a flourishing haven for Africa’s most iconic wildlife after a huge effort to revive the park through a series of species reintroductions.
The restocking of the park, with more than 2,500 animals reintroduced including black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, sable antelope, impala and buffalo, has led to Majete becoming a ‘Big Five’ reserve, and Malawi’s premier wildlife destination.
Majete Wildlife Reserve offers beautiful scenery of riverine forest and miombo woodlands.
Liwonde National Park lies on the banks of the Upper Shire River, south of Lake Malawi, boast the largest population of elephants as well as an impressive concentrations of crocodiles and hippos.
Bird-watching safari is upstanding thanks to Malawi’s 650 indigenous and visiting species what is possible to spot; boat safaris are equally exciting.
Nkotakhota Wildlife Reserve is another wildlife haven famous for the greatest elephant translocation in human history, with the relocation of 500 elephants and 1,000 other animals in 2017.
Nyika National Park is the oldest and largest park in Malawi, includes much of the northern region’s Nyika plateau, the vistas in the park are immense with endless rolling hills, valleys filled with evergreen forests, high-altitude grassland the most obvious feature of the stunning Nyika Plateau.
Nyika National Park is a botanist’s delight in summer with alpine flowers expecially during the rainy season when the orchids flower.
The park is home to large variety of animals and houses the largest concentration of leopard in the country; above all approximately 400 bird species occur in Nyika making it a key birding destination in Africa.
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