Malawi, known as the 'Land of the Lake', is dominated by Lake
Malawi. This vast expanse of water stretches 500 kilometres along
the eastern border with Mozambique and takes up one fifth of the
country's entire surface area.
Part of Lake Malawi is the world's first freshwater National
Park. There is an active fishing industry, emanating from the small
and picturesque villages dotted along the shore, especially at the
north end of the lake. The golden sandy beaches which fringe the
lake attract visitors to Malawi from far and wide, to soak up the
sun and try their hand at a range of water sports. The freshwater
diving here is world renowned, as there are over 600 species of
fish residing in the clear waters. In fact more indigenous species
can be found here than in any other lake on earth.
The lesser known northern area of Malawi can only be described
as 'unspoilt Africa'. This region, other than the lake, consists of
highlands teeming with an incredible abundance of flora and fauna.
The numerous (over 200!) species of orchid, for which Malawi is
famous, can also be found here.
No trip to Malawi would be complete without a safari element, be
it walking, horse riding, travelling by boat or 4×4. One of the
best places to do this is in Liwonde National Park.There are also
plenty of elephants, impala and baboons and the less common kudu
and bushback as well as Black Rhinos which have recently been
reintroduced. Leopards can be spotted on night drives and because
of the amount of water within the park, birdlife is abundant.
Additionally, just over the border into Zambia and easily
accessible from Malawi, is the South Luangwa National Park, one of
the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
But what really sets Malawi apart is the welcoming smiles, kind
nature, desire to assist and genuine friendliness of the local
people. There is no doubt that Malawi is fully deserving of its
reputation as 'the warm heart of Africa'.