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.

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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'.

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