Malawi is a land of lakes and plateaux, delineated by the great ridges of the East African Rift. The nation is long and thin, snaking its way like a rare Nyika lizard around the lands of Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. The most defining geographical feature has to be that long finger of blue: Lake Malawi. Dominating the north-eastern edge of the nation, this belt of cobalt mountain waters has long been the lifeblood for the locals here. A haven for fishing and commerce, it supports rustic bamboo villages and old colonial hubs bearing the names of folk like Livingstone.
Today, snorkelers and kayakers, wildlife lovers and others come too, hitting spots like the Lake Malawi National Park and its exclave islands to boot. Inland and the story is different. There are otherworldly vistas of cave-carved mountains to conquer, sweeping savannahs and lush tropical woods, all peppered with elephants and waterbuck and all the other quintessential African beasts you can imagine!
Lets explore the best places to visit in Malawi:
1. Liwonde National Park
The most accomplished wildlife spotting and safari area in all of Malawi makes its home along the courses of the Shire River.
A vast reserve of flood plains and wetland swamps, of swaying grass fields and baobab groves, it’s a picture of the beautiful backcountry of East Africa.
A smattering of good holidaying lodges offers easy access to the park, where walking and motorized safaris showcase everything from bush elephants to side-striped jackals, hyena packs to impalas, waterbucks, baboons and more.
There’s also a great diversity of flora to witness, from huge and waxy orchids to pretty lily-spotted ponds.