Known as 'The Warm Heart of Africa', Malawi is one of Africa's most loved travel destinations by those who venture beyond the more well known travel destinations in Southern Africa. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this magical country for your next holiday.
1. Lake Malawi
Stretching over 300 miles, Lake Malawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the jewel in the crown of Malawi's tourist attractions. Discovered over 150 years ago by Dr David Livingstone, this vast body of clear bluewater (it's the ninth largest lake in the world) is one of the best freshwater diving and snorkelling spots in Africa and is fringed by crowd free golden sand beaches that can easily be combined with a safari in Malawi itself or in the game rich South Luangwa National Park in neighbouring Zambia. In terms of accommodation, there are a wide variety of options for travellers to choose from. Our favourites include Pumulani Lodge and Kaya Mawa, which both enjoy fantastic views of the lake.
2. Nyika National Park
Located in the North of the country, Nyika is Malawi's oldest and largest national park. Often compared to the highlands of Scotland because of its breathtaking mountainous scenery, the park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including large herds of zebra, sable antelope, leopard and hundreds of wild flowers and bird species. A great way to explore the park is by foot or by bike.
Whilst Malawi's safari areas may not have as many large mammals, particularly predators, as their better-known cousins like the the Kruger and the Serengeti, they offer the chance to see wildlife away from the crowds, in stunning areas of unspoilt wilderness. A case in point is Liwonde National Park, which is brimming full of wildlife like elephants, lions, hippos, black rhinos, crocodiles and kudus. In addition to the elephants and the lions, Malawi is also home to over 600 species of birds making it a bird lover's paradise.
4. Friendly People
Malawi is a destination with an incredible amount to offer. From safaris, breath-taking views, amazing wildlife, but most importantly, it is renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere created by the Malawian people. The Malawians describe themselves as ‘the friendliest people in Africa’, living in the ‘warm heart of the continent’. This is most certainly true, one of the best memories to have from a holiday is the people.
5. Few crowds
Unlike some destinations in Africa like Mauritius, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, Malawi is still relatively undiscovered and untouched by tourists and tourism, which makes it the ideal destination for those travellers looking for an authentic and crowd free African experience.
If our blog has got you interested in visiting Malawi for yourself then get in touch with our experts on 020 7843 3500 and they can start planning your dream itinerary today.
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