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Malawi was formerly known as the British Protectorate of Nyasaland.
Countries neighbouring Malawi: Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.
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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.
Situated in Central Malawi, the capital has little of interest to travellers. Most people prefer to head for Lake Nyasa.
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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.
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.
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.
The official language of Malawi is English, although the national language is Chichewa.
A number of other Bantu languages are also spoken around Malawi.
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