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From its shimmering lakes to its lush national parks, Malawi offers an authentic African experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on travellers.

About Malawi

Malawi offers a wide range of travel and tourism opportunities, from its stunning landscapes and wildlife to its fascinating culture and welcoming people.

The many popular tourist attractions in Malawi include national parks, mountains, plateaus, beaches, and islands.

Countries neighbouring Malawi: Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

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Map of Malawi

Map of Malawi

Formerly known as the British Protectorate of Nyasaland, Malawi is bordered by Zambia to the north-west, Tanzania to the north-east, and Mozambique to the east, south, and west.

The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe.

Malawi Overview

Malawi, officially known as the Republic of Malawi, is a land-locked country located in south-eastern Africa.


While Malawi faces numerous challenges, it offers a warm and welcoming experience to visitors, with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Challenges facing Malawi include poverty, food insecurity, limited access to education and healthcare, and inadequate infrastructure.

The country has made efforts to address these issues, but they remain significant hurdles to overcome.


Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, with an economy largely based on agriculture.

The majority of the population in Malawi relies on subsistence farming. Major crops include tobacco, tea, sugarcane, cotton, and maize.

The country also possesses mineral resources such as uranium, coal, and gemstones.


Malawi is known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa' due to its friendly people.

The country is characterised by diverse landscapes, including highlands, plateaus, and the Great Rift Valley.

Lake Malawi, a large freshwater lake that occupies about a third of the country's area, is one of its prominent features.

Political System

Malawi is a democratic republic with a multi-party system. The President of Malawi is both the head of state and the head of government.

The country has experienced political transitions since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1964.

Population and Culture

Malawi is home to various ethnic groups, with the Chewa being the largest.

Other significant groups include the Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, and Ngoni.

Malawi culture is rich and vibrant, with traditional music, dance, and art playing an essential role.


Malawi offers various attractions for tourists.

Lake Malawi, with its clear waters and beautiful beaches, is a popular destination for water sports, snorkeling, and diving.

The country is also known for its wildlife reserves, including Liwonde National Park and Nyika National Park, where visitors can spot elephants, lions, hippos, and a rich variety of bird species.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is the third largest lake in Africa; formed in a deep trough of the East African Rift Valley that runs through Malawi, from north to south.

In 1859, David Livingstone - born in Blantyre, Scotland - became the first European to reach the shores of Lake Malawi; although it was probably sighted by the Portuguese in the 17th century.

From the southern end of the lake, the River Shire flows out to join the Zambezi in Mozambique, which in turn empties into the Indian Ocean through many mouths.


Lilongwe has been the capital of Malawi since 1975. The previous capital was Zomba.

Map of Lilongwe

Map of Lilongwe

Situated in Central Malawi, the capital has little of interest to travellers. Most people prefer to head for Lake Nyasa.

Where to Stay in Lilongwe

Latitude 13

Latitude 13

Latitude 13: 43/60 Mphonongo Road, Lilongwe, Malawi.

With just nine boutique bedrooms, attention to detail is guaranteed at this unexpected oasis in Malawi's capital city.

Guests rated Latitude 13 as superb; especially for its great location on the northern edge of Lilongwe, wonderful staff and fine food.

Hotels in Lilongwe.

Malawi Experiences


Blantyre, named after the birthplace of David Livingstone, was founded by Scottish missionaries, in 1876.

It is the largest city in Malawi, and the transport hub for travel to Zimbabwe; through the Tete corridor of Mozambique.

During the civil war, in Mozambique, lorries would drive between Malawi and Zimbabwe in convoys; escorted by the Zimbabwean army.

For a small payment to one of the lorry drivers, this was an exciting journey for travellers.

Malawi Tourism

Some of the top tourist attractions in Malawi are: Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Mulanje Mountain, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Zomba Plateau, Nkhata Bay, Cape Maclear, Likoma Island, Satemwa Tea Estate, and Viphya Plateau.

Airlines and Airports.

After the demise of Air Malawi, the Government of Malawi - together with Ethiopian Airlines - introduced a new national carrier Malawian Airlines; initially to serve the Blantyre-Lilongwe domestic route.

International routes include flights to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and a few destinations in Mozambique.

Safety Precautions

When visiting Malawi, it's important to note that the country is known for its warm and welcoming people.

However, it is advisable to take normal safety precautions and follow any travel advisories or guidelines provided by your government or relevant authorities.

Malawi Highlights

Capital City

Spend some time in Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city, where you can explore interesting sights such as the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, the Old Town Market, and the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary.

The city also offers a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and nightlife.

Cultural Experiences

Malawi has a rich cultural heritage, and engaging with local communities can provide a deeper understanding of the country.

Visit local markets, interact with artisans, learn about traditional dances and music, and sample the local cuisine; which often includes dishes based on maize, fish, and vegetables.

Lake Malawi

This enormous freshwater lake dominates the eastern border of the country and is one of Malawi's most significant attractions.

With its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and vibrant marine life, Lake Malawi offers opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, diving, and various water sports.

Liwonde National Park

Embark on a safari adventure in Liwonde National Park, located in southern Malawi.

This wildlife reserve is home to diverse species, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and an array of bird species.

Take a boat safari along the Shire River or join a guided game drive to explore the park's abundant wildlife.

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Another fantastic wildlife destination, Majete Wildlife Reserve, is located in the lower Shire Valley.

This reserve was once heavily poached but has been successfully rehabilitated, making it a thriving sanctuary for the Big Five (elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos) and other wildlife.

Mount Mulanje

Nature enthusiasts and hikers should not miss the opportunity to visit Mount Mulanje, a stunning massif located in southern Malawi.

It offers breathtaking landscapes, hiking trails of various difficulties, and awe-inspiring viewpoints.

Explore the diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls, and tea estates while enjoying the cool mountain air.

Zomba Plateau

Located near the city of Zomba, the Zomba Plateau is a picturesque highland retreat featuring lush forests, beautiful viewpoints, waterfalls, and several hiking trails.

The plateau offers a peaceful escape from the bustling cities and a chance to immerse yourself in nature.

Visit Malawi

Malawi is now one of the remarkable 250 destinations in the world awarded the safe travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

This is a globally accepted and established standard in Health and Safety in the restart of tourism giving tourists the confidence to travel to and around.

The Malawi Department of Tourism is located off Convention Drive in Lilongwe. Enjoy the hospitality and scenery of the Warm Heart of Africa.

Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium

The Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium is made up of those members of Malawi's tourist industry that are focused on international visitors at the mid-market and up-market levels.

The elongated shape of Malawi lends itself to a three-way regional division: North Malawi, Central Malawi and South Malawi.

Malawi Language

The official language of Malawi is English, although the national language is Chichewa.

A number of other Bantu languages are also spoken around Malawi.

Malawi Maps and Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi (Travel Guide) Malawi (Bradt Travel Guides)

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