Though Malawi has yet to really establish itself as a tourist destination, this beautiful African country with its spectacular lake, gorgeous scenery and friendly people is a great choice for vacations. Be sure to pick up some holiday insurance though, as medical care can be costly should you require it.
A sunny land of friendly people
Until 1964 when it became independent from Britain, Malawi was known as Nyasaland. Today its friendly people are one of the best reasons to visit, and you can explore traditional villages and learn about the culture and history of Malawi in any part of the country. It’s well worth planning to travel within the country, so holiday insurance is essential. The country has three distinct regions, Northern, Southern and Central Malawi and each has much to offer.
See the sights in Malawi
Lake Malawi stretches the length of the country and this massive body of water is a major feature of any trip. It’s part of the amazing Rift valley, and though there is so much to see it’s a great idea to have up to date holiday insurance before heading out to discover the lake and valley. In South Malawi the wetlands like Elephant March are home to thousands of birds including pelicans and grebes. There are plenty of trips to the marshes available locally and it’s an excellent way to get to know the local people.
The diverse range of landscapes in Malawi is a photographer’s dream. The stunning peaks of the mountainous regions like the Mulanje Massif and the Zomba Plateau are well worth a visit for cool, clear mornings, mountain streams and grassy plains and fabulous views over the valley and Lake Malawi.
Water sports are highly popular on Lake Malawi, so check that your holiday insurance is up to date and go sailing and water skiing, or head for some of the best freshwater dive sites in the world at Nkhata Bay. There are wildlife reserves throughout the country, so wildlife fans can see elephant, leopard and dozens of other species in some of the most glorious natural surroundings in the world.
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi is the venue for the Lake of Stars International Music Festival each September to October and you can catch a host of top musicians from all over the world in a truly incredible setting. Make sure your holiday insurance is in order, book some tickets and plan a late summer trip to Malawi.
Lilongwe in the Central Region is the capital of Malawi and the city has a distinctly colonial flavour, particularly in the old town. Be sure to visit one of the great craft markets when you’re in Lilongwe for carved wooden statues, jewellery and souvenirs.
There is much to appeal to all tastes in Malawi, and the vibrant city of Blantyre is ideal for day trips or longer stays, and you might enjoy a fun visit to the Carlsberg Factory. Blantyre is also the biggest city in Malawi and there is accommodation to suit every budget from luxury to basic, so book a hotel, get holiday insurance and find a flight to Malawi to sample the exceptional nightlife and entertainment.