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 high (the Nyika Plateau is among the highest in central Africa) to the low of the majestic Rift Valley and Lake Malawi.

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 along 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 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its importance in the study…

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Monkey Bay

A small port town on the southern end of Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay is Malawi's best-known resort. Despite this, the facilities…

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

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Salima, the easiest entry point to Lake Malawi, is 1-2 hours from Lilongwe. It has great resorts, such as Livingstonia…

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Zomba Plateau is an undulating, forested plateau rising from the eastern Rift above the town. The plateau is heavily…

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