Malawi Travel Guide

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Often referred to as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a small country in Africa along the eastern edge of the country, bordered by Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. The country is host to Lake Malawi, rated as the third largest lake in Africa, which makes up the country's eastern border. It is one of the few countries in Africa which is deemed “Africa for beginners”, in the sense that any level of traveler can find themselves experiencing Africa up close and personal, without all the political issues and disease that many of the other African nations suffer from.

Arguably the most famous site in the country is the lake itself. Specifically, the Liwonde National Park, which straddles the southern tip of the lake and gives visitors the opportunity to dive beneath the surface and experience some of the 500 different species of fish which live here. But outside of the lake there is also the Nyika National Park, known for its massive peaks and panoramic views, or the heights of Mount Mulanje, all of which combine to create some of the most breath-taking hiking routes in the whole of Africa.

There is much more than meets the eye in Malawi. Enough so that it's absolutely worth it to spend more than just the couple of days most tourists spend when they flit through the country on their way to the “bigger” sights and sounds of Africa. There are half a dozen national parks, plenty of coastal activities, and the cities boast accommodations and transportation that are nearly Western in their modernity. As a result, travelers can get around the country with ease, experiencing everything with near the comforts of home. Obviously you can get out and experience a more visceral Malawi if you are a back-packer or hiker, although precautions should be taken, such as malaria pills. Public transportation is reliable, and the best way to get around Malawi is either by bus or by boat, depending on which part of the country you happen to be in.

Lilongwe #1 most popular location
Lilongwe, (named after the Lilongwe River) is the capital and largest city of Malawi. The city is located in the central region of Malawi, near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia. The cit…
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Blantyre #2 most popular location
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Nkhata Bay #3 most popular location
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. It is on the shore of Lake Malawi (formerly Lake Nyasa), east of Mzuzu, and is one of the main ports on Lake Mal…
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Cape Maclear #4 most popular location
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Lake Malawi #5 most popular location
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Chitimba #6 most popular location
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Mzuzu #7 most popular location
Mzuzu (formerly called Kaningina) is the capital of Malawi's Northern Region and is the third largest city, by population, in Malawi. The City has 128,432 residents plus 20,000 commuters (Mzu…
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Senga Bay #8 most popular location
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Salima #9 most popular location
Mulanje #10 most popular location
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Mua Mission #11 most popular location
Zomba #12 most popular location
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Kande Beach #13 most popular location
Livingstonia #14 most popular location
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Phalombe #15 most popular location
Luwawa #16 most popular location
Karonga #17 most popular location
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Chembe #18 most popular location