This landlocked country in southeast Africa was formerly known as Nysaland, and with its rich culture, colourful history and rolling hills, it’s a wonderful destination for a trip into Africa.
There are many fascinating experiences to be had in this region, and as one of the world’s least developed countries, you’ll be sure to enjoy the naturally untamed settings.
The Zomba plateau offers a variety of pleasant walks beside streams, through forests and across open grassland. You can choose to do a series of short walks or try your legs at a longer journey if time permits it. The high altitude ensures the plateau is almost always enjoyably cool, which makes for a better hiking experience. Make sure you walk to the top of the plateau and look over the surroundings; the view is said to be phenomenal.
If you want to snap up some amazing sunsets then you should stay at the Chitimba campsite. It is located on the northern shore of the popular Lake Malawi and is a village about 122km from the Tanzania/Malawi border at Karonga. The lodge and campsite is set along the golden beach amongst banana palms and papaya trees.
For some real traditional Malawi dancing you should try to catch a performance by the Malawi National Dance Company. The troupe is an energetic group of Malawian men and women who are passionate about dancing. They allow anyone to join in and dance regardless of age or weight. They perform dances that are representational of the entire country, as well as dance interpretations of cultural and historical events.
The capital city of Malawi is Lilongwe, and it’s a great place to spend a few days. This bustling sprawl is an amalgamation of rural and urban with buses and cars sharing road space with bicycles and pedestrians. There are a few big markets that warrant a few hours to browse the stalls bursting with traditional and non-traditional wares. The city has many districts or numbered areas. The City Centre, which is not numbered, is the most modern and developed quarter of Lilongwe.
There are, of course, many other activities to do, places to see and amazing experiences to be had in Malawi. The best way to ensure you enjoy the best aspects of this African country is to chat to a travel agent or tour operator. The best time to visit Malawi is during the dry season from early May to late October.