Long known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a land of warm welcomes and friendly smiles. Dominated by the vast expanse of Lake Malawi, Livingstone’s “Lake of Stars”, the country is one of the smallest on the African continent but can boast a rich cultural heritage and a colourful and vibrant people renowned for their hospitality. Best enjoyed slowly, Malawi perfectly encapsulates the Swahili phrase, “Hakuna matata” (no worries) and it provides the ideal spot for some unhurried relaxation; combining warm, safe waters, gentle forest hikes and a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna.
Its capital, Lilongwe is home to two listed World Heritage Sites, one of which is the Lake Malawi National Park, described as having one of the richest lake fish faunas in the world. The other is the Chongoni Rock Art Area, an incredible collection of ancient Stone Age and Iron Age sites occupying the forested hills of the Malawi plateau.
Settled by the Bantu over a thousand years ago and colonised by the British centuries later, today it is one of the world’s least developed countries. Rich in indigenous, Asian and European traditions, it provides the perfect setting for adventures and experiences far away from the crowded tourist trails that inflict other parts of the continent.
Have Malawi as your beach time at the end of a safari - the Lake has golden sandy beaches and some of the lodges around it are stunning.