Malawi Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by MalawiKate
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by MalawiKate
  • En route to Liwonde.
    En route to Liwonde.
    by afrette

Malawi Off The Beaten Path

  • Nyika Plateau- a long way but worth it!

    Nyika National Park is well worth the visit- it is a very long way North and hard to get to but make the effort! We would suggest hiring a 4 x 4 and leaving plenty of time- maybe stop off somewhere like Makuzi Beach Lodge/Campsite on route. From Rumphi it is still about 4 hours into Nyika. Once there the montane landscape and cool air makes for...

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  • Get to know the people and the...

    I find it a very good idea to try to meet as many ordinary people as you can in another country. This is a trite statement, of course, and I always advise the traveller to exercise great caution when abroad - you are NOT in a theme park and some of the most congenial seeming of folk can turn out to be the biggest villains! I was lucky in having...

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  • Do you like elephants........

    I have recently read on VT some controversy about the number of elephants in the Kasungo National Park in Malawi. All I can say is, speaking from my own experience - albeit from the early 1980's - I have never seen so many elephants in any 0ther part of Africa, as I saw here. Not only that, they were the most enormous of their species that I have...

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  • On the road from Mangochi to Monkey Bay

    The road from Mangochi to Monkey Bay pass through several small villages. Every time the minibus made a stop it felt like a highlight in the village. The villagers came running towards the minibus to pick up the cargo or to welcome passengers who got off the minibus. I felt like an alien when they were staring at me.

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  • Liwonde River safari

    Make sure you take the river safari in Liwonde Park, its the best way to see wildlife because its quiet and the animals like to be near water

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  • NYALA GAME PARK

    Nyale park is a small gamepark which is being runby the owners of a sugar estate.But it is great to drive around and see the animals real close. It is hard to find, but once you are in the sugar estate area, south of Blantyre, the Malawians will show you the way.

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  • Hike from Usisya to Ruarwe

    Get a bike in Mzuzu, cycle down to the lake along the Usisya road (stunning views and intruiging shortcuts that go past military training grounds), stay the night in Usisya (head down to the local youth club (the big building with satellite dish) for some banter), leave your bike in hostel and walk north along the lakeside paths all day, make sure...

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  • LIKHUBULA POOLS

    A view at the pools.The local guys will take your stuff and guard your car at the parking lot for a few kwatcha.

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  • LIKHUBULA POOLS

    Before you start the climb of the mountain Mulanje, relax and refresh at the Likhubula natural pools.The pools are fed by the water of the many falls coming down from the mountain.It is a great experience to swim in there.No Bilharzia , cause it is streaming water.

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  • MOUNT MULANJE

    At Mount Mulanje it is great to swim and relax. For the brave amongst us, they can make a hike to the top in 2 days.Local guides and porters are around and will help you climbing the mountain.Be careful as the weather can change suddenly. So be prepared and take lots of water and food.

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  • MOUNT MULANJE

    On the way to Mulanje mountain you will see a lot of tea and coffee estates.Many people earn their living on these estates.They stretch out for miles and miles.Most of the tea and coffee is still hand picked, processed and shipped overseas.

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  • LENGWE PARK

    Sunsets in Africa are great.This was was taken on the way home from Lengwe park.Tip: dont look too long for your camera.The sun goes donw very quick and in a few minutes time it is gone.

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  • LENGWE PARK

    Lengwe park is at the other side of the road of Nayla park.It is a big park and great things to see.Game watching from the diiferent loops is great.Do not forget to ask for a roadplan, before going in. You can get lost easely.

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  • Nyala park

    When drivng thru the park, the guards will give you directions, where which animal can be seen. That day the guards told us the girafs had to be found in the far most nothern point of the park. We haven't seen a single giraf that day.So ???!!!!!!!

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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    As the roads were too muddy in the park, we decided on going on a boattrip on the Shire river. Since this river boards the national park we had lots of opportunities to see the wildlife from the boat.

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  • LIWONDE

    Liwonde is situated at the southern end of Lake Malawi along the upper Shire River.Liwonde has some of the most scenic game viewing in Malawi and the best birdwatching in Southern Africa

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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    In about two hours time from Blantyre, the Liwonde national park can be reached.It is the most famous park of Malawi.It has lots of game and astonishing fauna and flora.We could only get into a part of the park because of the rainy season. Even with a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser, we couldn't make it all the way.

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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    In about two hours time from Blantyre, the Liwonde national park can be reached.It is the most famous park of Malawi.It has lots of game and astonishing fauna and flora.We could only get into a part of the park because of the rainy season. Even with a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser, we couldn't make it all the way.

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  • VISIT A REMOTE VILLAGE

    The Malawians will be glad to show their local village and tell you how daily life is.And it is great to see. People are very friendly and kids like to show what they do in school.

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  • Earn a PHD

    Once you leave the main roads, the only way to get to off the beaten path locations, is by dirt road. In the rainy season a lot of these roads are closed. Even by 4x4 you cant get to the remote areas.Being there during the rainy season, we were lucky. Only a few showers in a weeks time. So most of the roads were open.

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  • Children of Malawi love to play with you

    Even if you just smile at them, even you talk and they don't understand, every single move or thing you do like drawing in the sand, the children are fascinated by it. They sat around me for at least an hour, laughing, playing, trying to teach me some Chichewa words.

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  • Little girls carry their baby...

    Amazing. The girls are only 5 or 6 years old and carry their baby brother or sister on their backs for hours.

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  • Local children who never saw a car...

    Visiting very rural village Chimboa in Malawi, the children loved just sitting on the back of the bakkie. Every child wanted to be on the car. They were thrilled.

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  • Lunch with the locals of the very rural...

    Local chicken, peas, "zima" (maize) and green spinach-like veggies. We had the opportunity to have lunch with the locals of a rural village (Chimboa) where there's no electricity nor hot water. They made such an effort for us, showing superb hospitality. The chicken are free-range, and don't have much meat on them. Salt is also quite a delicacy. We...

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  • Visit a rural village and see how locals...

    We had a very unique experience since we had the opportunity to actually visit a very rural (no electricity or hot water) in a village about 10km outside Lilongwe every day for a week. We learnt about their lifestyle and a bit of Chichewa (their language) and their culture. We realize how friendly and kind most Malawians are. We learn not to take...

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  • Hear the singing in Nkhotakota church

    Even though it is mentioned in Lonely Planet, I was the only tourist in Nkhotakota when I was there. The singing in the Angelican church is absolutely amazing. The service takes about 3 hours on every Sunday. Apart from sermons and collections there is much singing by various choires, one of which a childen's choire. The African voices are so...

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  • Luwawa Forest getaway...

    It is a great place to do even more relaxing, and there is a beautiful lodge set amongst the forest and lake.There are plenty of opportunities for bird watching, hiking, tennis, canoeing on the lake, or nothing, take your pick....

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  • While travelling crosscountry...

    While travelling crosscountry one can find places where tobacco and other things are grown and hung to dry. There's also teaplantations on the slopes of the mountains.

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  • Nyika National Park, Nyika...

    Nyika National Park, Nyika Plateau, Northern Malawi We stayed in cabins in the park, they even came with their own cook. This was the only place in Malawi I ever saw frost. Lots of wild animals, not a lot of people. More Info: http://www.africa-insites.com/zambia/travel/NationalParks/nyika.htm

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  • Zomba plateau is great for its...

    Zomba plateau is great for its lush greenery, hiking trails and breathtaking views. Watch out for driver/army ants tho! There are cozy cottages for rent as well as camp sites with toilets and showers. The vegetation makes you think you are no longer in Africa but possibly in Vermont or somewhere on the west coast of the US. Very beautiful.

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  • On Tuesday nights, the ferry...

    On Tuesday nights, the ferry down Lake Malawi leaves from Nkhata Bay. I strongly suggestgetting on that ferry, and getting off at Chizimulu Island. There is only one lodge - and no othertourist facilities - on the island, run by Nick from the UK. Accommodation is in huts on thebeach, with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and sand floors. The ferry...

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