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What to see in Malawi

Malawi Attractions


The beautiful landscapes of Malawi are diverse and offer a wide variety of things to see and do. Attractions in Malawi range from the highs of the Nyika Plateau to the lows of the majestic Rift Valley and Lake Malawi, keeping most travellers out in nature for the majority of their trip. Safaris are a popular activity in Malawi, and the game reserves are teeming with wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants, zebras, baboons, lions and leopards. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors in a number of ways, including trekking and mountain biking. Avid hikers can ascend Mount Mulanje, where steep mountain paths break into spectacular vistas.

However, the most popular attraction in the country is far and away the long and narrow Lake Malawi. Situated in the Rift Valley, the lake (and the national park around it) provides visitors ample game viewing opportunities near luxury lodges and campsites that offer activities like canoeing, yachting, snorkelling, and other watersports framed by soft, sandy beaches. Cape Maclear, Salima, and Monkey Bay are some of the more popular sites along the lake.


Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear (Chembe) is a small fishing village on Lake Malawi. It has one dirt road leading into town along…

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Lake Malawi National Park

Established in 1980, Lake Malawi National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its importance in the study…

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Likoma Island

Likoma Island is an isolated enclave of Malawi, completely surrounded by Mozambican waters, and was colonised by Anglican…

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Monkey Bay

A small port town on the southern end of Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay (Lusumbwe) is probably Malawi's best-known resort area.…

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Mount Mulanje

Mount Mulanje rises from the plains of southern Malawi with steep cliffs protecting a vast wilderness of granite peaks,…

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Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay is a busy fishing village on the shores of Lake Malawi, near Mzuzu. The town is well-placed for tourists to…

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Nkhotakota

A small and basic town on the shores of Lake Malawi, Nkhotakota has a traditional market and a few hotels and bars, but…

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Salima

Salima, the most convenient entry point to Lake Malawi for travellers, is a one- to two-hour drive from Lilongwe. The…

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