Discover Malawi Intro
Malawi, formally known as Nyasaland, is landlocked and located in Southeastern Africa. The friendliness of the people best describes Malawi’s nickname “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Malawi has a vibrant democracy and a rapid growing infrastructure.
It is bordered by Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the North and Northeast, and Mozambique to the east, south, and southwest. Malawi spans over 45,747 sq. mi, and has an estimated population of 19,1 million (2022) and 43% of it under age of 15 years old. Population is expected to be near double in 2038. It is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great lift valley surrounded by spectacular plateaus, uplands, and mountainous regions. It is dominated by the enormous Lake Malawi, of which the lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park sheltering diverse wildlife giving a breathtaking beach and underwater scenery. Its clear waters are popular for (scuba)diving and boating, and the sandy beaches give a refreshing view. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.
Malawi’s economy is mainly based on Tobacco (70% of total export). It has many beautiful national parks, lakes and diverse ecosystems. A tour around Malawi is focused on its people, natural beauty and the wildlife inhabitants of the land and lake. Safaris are the best way to get up close to elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, bufallo and many more. There is a wide choice of accommodation from modern hotels and lodges that offer international level of comfort, to basic facilities. Coach buses and taxis offer a safe and comfortable way of transportation around the country, though self drive would be more pleasant.
The BIG 5 reasons to go to Malawi:
1. The locals are friendly
Called the "Warm Heart of Africa," in the native language, Malawi locals exude friendliness. It's not uncommon for Malawians to wave and greet visitors they do not know. It's easy to make them smile with a "moni" (pronounced mo-nee, not money), which means hello in Chichewa, the local language, and "Zikomo" (thank you). Curious kids often come by to say hi and see what you're up to. Although over friendliness often arouses suspicion in the world traveler, especially when someone's trying to sell you something, there's hardly any pushy selling of tacky souvenirs in Malawi -- the people are genuinely friendly, and the souvenirs hand made.
Founded in 1964, Malawi has never had a civil war. Malawi: Land of ancient splendor
2. You will have the place to yourself
You can enjoy the pristine views of massive Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Nyasa. Without having your perfect day ruined by a bunch of loud tourists. Most of the travelers you'll likely encounter in Malawi are tobacco businessmen or NGO workers. Not a tourist in sight. Even the capital of Lilongwe has a relaxed vibe. There are few cars on the highway, and you can walk to places without feeling overwhelmed or fearful of getting run over.
3. Lake Malawi is magnificent
Lake Malawi which is home many species of tropical fish found nowhere else in the world. Although Malawi is landlocked, its 29.600 km2 freshwater lake is its life blood. The sunny beaches of Lake Malawi are the best and the waters crystal clear are nearly empty except for a few boats. Lake Malawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, thought to be between 500 and 1,000, according to UNESCO. It's perfect for freshwater snorkeling and diving. The lake draws in a variety of bird species, as well as hippos, warthogs, baboons and occasional elephants. 26 of the most stunning spots in Africa
4. Game parks and natural reserves are stunning
Tour companies offer safaris in parks and reserves that include eco-friendly trips, mountain biking, horseback riding and traditional housing stays. You can also game drive yourself, but you’ll miss the spotter’s eye and knowledge of the rangers. Malawi is a wildlife destination but without the traffic jam of 4 x 4 vehicles. The Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo) can be viewed in Malawi.
5. Easygoing vibe
Malawi is if taking the normal precautions, a place of peace and quiet, without the traffic jams and hassles of a busy western life. The country is largely rural; only 17% of the population live in urban areas and cities. Clear skies with occasional white clouds and bright stars make it thrilling for sky and star gazers. The trend is toward self-drive holidays -- visitors rent cars and drive themselves through the country. Having a driver is important if you want to drink or if driving (on the left side) is not an option for you. If going far the driver will arrange its own place to sleep over if needed. As a country, people perceive Malawi as being safe, stable, and peaceful. It gives an impression of a nice, warm friendly country to travel in 7 things every first-time traveler to Africa should know
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