• Malawi

    The warm heart of Africa

  • Full Country Name Republic of Malawi
  • Capital Lilongwe
  • Language English
  • Form of Government Republic
  • President President Peter Mutharika
  • Population 16.36 million
  • Gross Domestic Product $266.46
  • Currency Malawian Kwacha

Welcome to Malawi

Malawi is often called the “Warm Heart of Africa” because of the warmth and friendliness of the people.

Malawians typically live with their extended families in huts that are grouped together in villages. A spirit of cooperation prevails as family members share both work and resources.

The Malawi people are of Bantu origin and comprise of many different ethnic groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian and European.

Malawi, a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park, sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons, and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

Top Destinations in Malawi

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  • Icon for Airport location type Lilongwe
  • Icon for Park location type Lake Malawi National Park
  • Icon for Park location type Lengwe National Park
  • Icon for Park location type Nyika National Park
  • Icon for Other location type Thyolo Tea Estates
  • Icon for Park location type Icon for Park location type Lake Malawi National Park
  • Icon for Park location type Icon for Park location type Lengwe National Park
  • Icon for Park location type Icon for Park location type Nyika National Park
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type Thyolo Tea Estates
  • Park

    Lake Malawi National Park

    Lake Malawi National Park encompasses the sandy beaches and granite islands of Malawi’s Cape Maclear peninsula, at the southern end of Lake Malawi.

    The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available.

    Located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi, with its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop, the national park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic. Its importance for the study of evolution is comparable to that of the finches of the Galapagos Islands

  • Park

    Lengwe National Park

    Lengwe vegetation is thicket, with some deciduous woodland and denser tree growth along the stream courses. The Eastern area is quite flat, allowing for a good and well-marked network of drivable tracks. To the West the level rises and low hills, outcrops of sandstone, break the skyline.

    Lengwe is quite arid outside the rainy season and many of the watercourses become dry sandy channels. This aids game viewing because it forces the animals to use the few pools that are permanent supplies of water. Though there are predators in the park in the form of leopards and hyena, it is antelope, which will be more often seen. These include what is rare for Malawi, the very beautiful nyala.

  • Park

    Nyika National Park

    Nyika is Malawi’s largest park with an area of 3,200km2. It extends across the great plateau, which is essentially a granitic dome and its environment is like none other in the whole of Africa.

    The rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchids are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons.

    Nyika is wonderful for trekking and mountain biking and, as well as more conventional 4x4 excursions. The horse riding safaris that were once a highlight look set to return shortly. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa.

  • Other

    Thyolo Tea Estates

    Between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje are the Thyolo (pronounced "Cho’lo") Tea Estates. Tea has been grown here since 1908 and the primly trimmed bushes (strictly trees) give the whole area the appearance of a neatly kept but vast garden.

    By arrangement it is possible to tour some of the estates and see something of the work of these plantations. The Thyolo Forest Reserve offers a haven for walkers and birdwatchers.

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    Lake Malawi National Park

    Lake Malawi National Park encompasses the sandy beaches and granite islands of Malawi’s Cape Maclear peninsula, at the southern end of Lake Malawi.

    The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available.

    Located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi, with its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop, the national park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic. Its importance for the study of evolution is comparable to that of the finches of the Galapagos Islands

  • Icon for Park location type

    Lengwe National Park

    Lengwe vegetation is thicket, with some deciduous woodland and denser tree growth along the stream courses. The Eastern area is quite flat, allowing for a good and well-marked network of drivable tracks. To the West the level rises and low hills, outcrops of sandstone, break the skyline.

    Lengwe is quite arid outside the rainy season and many of the watercourses become dry sandy channels. This aids game viewing because it forces the animals to use the few pools that are permanent supplies of water. Though there are predators in the park in the form of leopards and hyena, it is antelope, which will be more often seen. These include what is rare for Malawi, the very beautiful nyala.

  • Icon for Park location type

    Nyika National Park

    Nyika is Malawi’s largest park with an area of 3,200km2. It extends across the great plateau, which is essentially a granitic dome and its environment is like none other in the whole of Africa.

    The rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchids are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons.

    Nyika is wonderful for trekking and mountain biking and, as well as more conventional 4x4 excursions. The horse riding safaris that were once a highlight look set to return shortly. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa.

  • Icon for Other location type

    Thyolo Tea Estates

    Between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje are the Thyolo (pronounced "Cho’lo") Tea Estates. Tea has been grown here since 1908 and the primly trimmed bushes (strictly trees) give the whole area the appearance of a neatly kept but vast garden.

    By arrangement it is possible to tour some of the estates and see something of the work of these plantations. The Thyolo Forest Reserve offers a haven for walkers and birdwatchers.