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A trip to Malawi will open you to a welcoming country with lovely nature. Although it features beautiful landscapes, a relaxed vibe and rich wildlife, Malawi remains unexplored by tourists. Lake Malawi boasts fine beaches and clear water while the best animal-watching activities are available in northern (Nyika) and southern (Majete) regions. If you are after nightlife, head to Blantyre, which also offers diverse accommodation options. Finally, while holidaying in Malawi, the locals won’t fail to surprise you with their genuine friendliness toward tourists.
- Spend some time by mineral-rich Malawi Lake, which supports the existence of many endemic fish species. Book diving and boat tours from the lodges and relax on unspoiled beaches.
- Organize your own excursion to Domwe and Mumbo islands from Cape Maclear at Lake Malawi’s southern end.
- Take a guided tour to Majete Wildlife Reserve from Blantyre. There, you will likely see the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) and many other wildlife species throughout the expansive woodland.
- Tour Nyika National Park to appreciate vast plains inhabited by diverse plants (orchids, gladioli, lobelias…) and rich wildlife. As you get around, you will see large herds of antelopes and zebras followed by leopards and hyenas.
- Visit Liwonde National Park for the exceptional birdwatching.
- While in Blantyre, don’t miss the St. Michael and All Angels Church.
- In neighboring Limbe, pay a visit to the Museum of Malawi that elaborates the history and culture of the country.
- In the capital city of Lilongwe, enjoy excellent shopping in the Old Town and walk along the wide boulevards in the New Town.
- English is spoken by most Malawi residents.
- ATMs are omnipresent and credit cards are accepted. However, have some cash with you since power cuts are likely to occur.
- Internet is available in most accommodation units and in internet cafes in major towns.
- Over 10% of the Malawi populace is estimated to be HIV positive, so take safety precaution.
- Make sure to take vaccines against malaria, yellow fever and tetanus before you visit Malawi.