Malawi is fondly referred to as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ - genuinely friendly locals, a safe destination for tourists and mainly an ‘Undiscovered’ destination rich in contrast, with much to offer in terms of its diverse experiences albeit compact in size. Where it lacks in land size is most assuredly made up for by its renowned hospitality and experiences. Although being a land locked country, boarded by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, it offers unique beaches with water sport activities. Malawi’s crowning jewel is the famous ‘Lake Malawi’, however the destination is also known for its impressive mountain ranges (the highest in Central Africa), it’s wetlands with rare bird species, cultivated tea estates, boasting some of the world’s best mountain biking routes, lesser known for producing its own gin and its four cities – its administrative capital being Lilongwe, Blantyre – the commercial hub and the cities of Mzuzu (Northern region) and Zomba (Southern region).
Malawi is not renowned for its concentrations of wildlife and as such tends to take advantage of our proximity to Zambia’s famous Luangwa Valley to ensure visitors experience the traditional “Big Game” safari while visiting the region. Lilongwe is actually closer to the Luangwa Valley than Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. The 5 national parks of Malawi do however offer spectacular scenery and should by no means be discounted as fantastic wildlife reserves. Boasting some of the more unusual species of game, breath taking vistas and relatively few tourists – they make for a refreshing alternative destination in Africa with world class safari operators and lodges in these areas.
Delving into the hospitality of the country, Malawi’s cultural lifestyle profiles higher than many of its African counterparts – be it the local cuisine, the ceremonies that are often conducted - stemming from the deeply ingrained tribal roots and notwithstanding its vast number of tribes. It is favourably labelled the ‘Land of Rhythm and Dance’ – and to the benefit of the locals and tourists alike, Unesco has even classified the locals’ dances of ‘Vimbuza’ and ‘Gule Wamkulu’ as ‘Unique’ “Masterpieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity” – a rare classification, but one which will mesmerise any person observing these traditional dance ceremonies.