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Eco Travel Guide to Malawi : Southern Africa

 
Malawi Travel Guide
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

Malawi is a long and narrow country, covering more than 1000 km from North to South, and dominated by the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi, which is nearly 600km long and up to 80km wide. Malawi is like none other in Africa: small, yet with an immense diversity of stunning natural scenery and the beautiful golden shores of its vast inland sea, Lake Malawi, which is the greatest attraction for visitors to this peaceful country, renowned for its friendly people.

 
 
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Known as the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi has a thoroughly deserved reputation for the friendliness of its people. Wherever you go you will receive a welcome which is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Many Malawians speak English, even in the more remote places.

On lake Malawi, the days are long and lazy, the clear fresh water is safe for swimming, and the beach sands ideal for children. Watersports are enjoyed year round, and water sport equipment is available for hire at all resorts.

Malawi has eleven national parks and game reserves, where everything from Elephants to orchids are protected. In Malawi you can experience the unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife in one of Africa's most beautiful countries.

Malawi has an incredible variety of stunning landscapes. The unique rolling hills of orchid clad Nyika; the cool forested plateau of Zomba; the 10000 ft (3000m) climbers’ paradise of Mulanje Massif; the broad and fertile Shire Valley. From rugged highlands to lowland plains - the scene is ever changing. Malawi’s nine Wildlife Reserves offer true unspoilt wilderness.

Mount Mulanje rises to 3 OOOm and its many soaring peaks are often capped by cloud, enveloping it in mystery. On its steep slopes grow stands of the unique Mulanje cedar, some of which have been known to exceed two hundred years in age. The massif is broken up by deep gorges, down which rivers with spectacular waterfalls tumble. The lower reaches are accessible by car and swimming in the cold mountain water is exhilarating.

Experience the thrill of safaris as they used to be, staying in just a handful of exclusive lodges. The only crowds are the animals: lions and leopards; elephants and hippos; antelope and rhino. And Malawi has the best birdlife in the region.

Hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches line Africa’s third largest lake. Lake Malawi is a true inland sea - and tideless. Relax in the sun on an uncrowded beach, hand-feed tropical fish at the world’s first freshwater National Park or enjoy the watersports (expert tuition available).

There are good hotels in all the main centres, along the shore of Lake Malawi and at such attractions as the Zomba Plateau. Throughout the country there is a range of accommodation from the simple to the luxury. In the main game parks/reserves, there are excellent camps with permanent accommodation. Booking ahead is advised especially in the game parks and during the high season (June-September).

wildness and beauty of the Nyika National Park with Nyika Horse Safaris. Nyika Horse Safaris are limited to a maximum of eight riders (except on special request) escorted by a professional guide who is not only a capable horseman/woman, but also extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the Nyika.

A safari in Malawi is sure to be a memorable experience; plenty of game but none of those convoys of 4x4 vehicles characteristic of some other African game parks. Malawi offers all types of safaris - walking, horse riding, by boat or in a 4x4.

 

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