Best Places to Visit in Mesmerising Malawi
Published: 26 May 2015
Malawi, bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and the great Lake Malawi, was rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 places to go last year. If you haven’t visited this beautiful ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ yet, then it’s high time you started planning your holidays in Malawi, before it gets too commercialised and crowded with too many tourists. Here’s a run-down of some fantastic places to see and great things to do in Malawi:
Lake Malawi that runs across most of Malawi’s eastern border is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest in Africa, making it a must-see site during your African holidays. It has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to between 500-1000 fish species, the largest number of any lake on the entire planet. You can sight a variety of wildlife here from elephants and hippos to baboons and warthogs as well as several different bird species. There are a number of beautiful beaches found along the lake that boast of fine golden sand. Both the beaches and waters of the lake are generally not crowded, affording you the luxury to sunbathe in peace. If you’d rather get up and about, Lake Malawi is a haven for boat activities and water sports and the clear waters make it a great place for snorkelling. In fact, Nkhata Bay in Lake Malawi is renowned for having some of the best freshwater diving sites in the world! If you have to pick just one spot to spend time in Malawi around the lake, we’d recommend Cape Maclear. This fishing village on the southern end of the lake has a wonderful laidback vibe, excellent sandy beaches and clear water that is perfect for swimming.
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves:
Malawi has a number of national parks to its name which include the Kasungu National Park, the Lake Malawi National Park, Lengwe National Park, Liwonde National Park and Nyika Plateau. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is also quite popular. You can spot the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo) while on safari in Malawi and also try mountain biking, horseback riding or a stay in a traditional house, all of which can be arranged by tour companies that run eco-friendly trips in the country. The Kasangu National Park that you can access from Lilongwe, Malawi (the capital of the country) is also home to zebras and different species of antelopes. If you visit Malawi during the rainy season, then Nyika Plateau is the place to go, where you can spot over 200 different varieties of orchid. For a more adventurous sighting, visit Liwonde National Park that boasts of elephants, black rhinos, hippos and crocodiles.
The Nzulezo stilt village in Ghana is found in the marshlands of the Amansuri Lagoon. Tucked away from the chaos of urban life, this charming fishing village can be reached by pleasant canoe ride from the village of Beyin, which is about two hours away from Axim. The village, built entirely on stilts provides a fascinating sight, and should not be missed when travelling to Ghana.
The people of Malawi are extremely friendly, the country is politically quite stable (it’s never been home to a civil war of any kind) and compared to areas like Johannesburg, it is completely safe, which means you can get your Malawi travel insurance without any cause for concern and have absolutely stress-free Malawi holiday