WELCOME TO MALAWI: ‘THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA’
Malawi has outstanding tourism attractions thanks to the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Malawi, as well as its National Parks, Game Reserves, and various cultural and historical sites. Lake Malawi is the third largest freshwater Lake in Africa, and has more fish species than any other single lake in the world. It measures 365 miles in length and 52 miles at its widest point, deservedly earning it the name of ‘the Calendar Lake’. With its many pristine golden-sand beaches, the Lake is a gem to nature lovers and is ideal for all kinds of water sports, including kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, and water-skiing.
National Parks and Game Reserves
Malawi has nine national parks and wildlife reserves from which to choose, in addition to some really special forest reserves. The national parks include Nyika National Park in Rumphi district, Kasungu National Park in Kasungu district, Lake Malawi National Park in Mangochi district, Liwonde National Park in Machinga district, and Lengwe National Park in Chikhwawa district. The wildlife reserves include Majete game Reserve in Chikhwawa district, Mwabvi Wildlife reserve in Nsanje district, Nkhotakota Game Reserve in Nkhotakota district, and Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve in Rumphi district. In these protected areas, the country offers outstandingly unique quality of game viewing and is very much a comeback destination. In terms of game viewing, Malawi offers truly remarkable value. Animals which can be sited in Malawi include the recently re-introduced black rhino, elephants, lions, leopards, hyena, jackals, buffaloes, zebra, and hippos, to just mention a few.
Along with its fabulous natural wonders, Malawi has a rich culture that includes traditional dances, music, theatre and art. Each of the country's more than ten tribes has a unique contribution to Malawi’s vibrant cultural mix. Some of the top cultural attractions include the Chongoni Rock Art, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the densest cluster of Stone Age art in Africa; exceptionally fine wood carvings; as well as the annual celebratory festivals by some of the tribes in Malawi.
Other attractions to Malawi include the massive Mulanje Mountain, the tallest mountain in Central Africa, standing at more than 3000 metres; the yearly Lake of Stars music and dance festival, held on the shores of Lake Malawi around September every year; and the 25 km Porters’ Race up and down Mulanje Mountain, which is held every year in July. Organized by the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust, the race is now attracting around 500 competitors from around the world every year.
So, regardless of your purpose for visiting Malawi, the continent’s friendliest welcome and broadest smiles are waiting for you. It is this legendary friendliness and welcoming attitude of Malawians which have earned the country the accolade of the ‘Warm Heart of Africa.’