The Republic of Malawi, formerly Nyasaland, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. It is bordered by Mozambique to the east, south and west, and is separated from Zambia to the northwest and Tanzania to the northeast by Lake Malawi. The country's size is just over 118,000 km2. The capital and largest city is Lilongwe, and the second largest is Blantyre. Despite being one of the smallest countries in Africa, Malawi is known as "The Warm Heart of Africa."
What to see & do
Liwonde National Park - Liwonde National Park is located on the upper Shire River plain, with its southern gate about 6km from Liwonde's town centre. Near the gate are a good number of affordable lodges, and inside the park is a main lodge called Mvuu Camp. Apart from accommodations, the lodges offer game viewing on walking tours, drives, and boat or canoe trips. Liwonde National Park is home to several species of antelope, buffalo, elephants, hippopotamus, and other large and small animals. There are also crocodiles and over 400 bird species.
Lake Malawi National Park - Lake Malawi National Park is located at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is the sole national park in the country established with the intent of protecting aquatic life and habitats. It is also home to animals on land, including baboons. Other interesting features in the park are a large baobab tree, aged over 800 years old, and the graves of five early missionaries.
Chongoni Rock Art Area - Located in the central region of Malawi, the Chongoni Rock Art Area consists of 127 sites in the forested hills of the Malawi plateau and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rock art and paintings were of the farmer community of the Late Stone Age and the Iron Age period.
How to get around within Malawi
Malawi's main roads are surprisingly good, with low traffic and drivers generally driving reasonably slow. Driving in Malawi should be done before dark though, as the road markings are poor or non-existent. Local rental companies are Apex Rent-a-Car Malawi, SS Rent-a-Car, and Sputnik Car Hire. Not all car rental companies in the surrounding companies allow the bringing of rented vehicles into Malawi, so if you plan to drive in from Zambia, stick with Livingstone 4x4, Kwenda, and Bushtackers. Local buses vary in types, in comfort, and in price. The ones to choose from are 'luxury' buses, medium-sized buses, and minibuses. The latter, minibuses, are the cheapest way to get around, but tend to cost more than big buses for long-distance travel. Taxis are also widely available, although tourists would have to haggle for a good price. Drivers usually ask for a higher price from foreigners, so ask a local first for an estimate of the usual rate from one place to another if you can.
How to get there within Malawi
The largest international airport in Malawi is Lilongwe's Kamuzu International Airport, or Lilongwe International Airport. It receives regular passenger service from Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Beira, Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Harare, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Maputo, Nampula, Club Makokola, Likoma Island, Mvuu, Mfuwe, Monkey Bay, Mzulu, Nkhotakota, and Chelinda. The airlines serving Lilongwe are Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Malawian Airlines, Proflight Zambia, South African Airways, and Ulendo Airlink. A privately owned airline, Swift Air, operates flights between Lilongwe, Johannesburg, and Blantyre. Other means of getting into Malawi are by trains from Blantyre to Cuamba and Nampula, by ferry between Mozambique and Likoma Island, by bus from Mozambique and Zambia, or by hitchhiking from Tanzania.
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