Fun things to do in Malawi

  • Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
    Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
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    Approaching Roan on foot
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    Stunningly beautiful Liwonde National Park

    by Ekahau Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Liwonde National Park is a really a nice way to see African wildlife and feel like you are alone in the wilderness. Liwonde is a huge park almost 600 sq km and what is really nice is you can stay in a real African village a traditional rural Malawian village. The one and only lodge are tents in the Mvuu Wilderness Lodge it is a tiny cute place very cozy in stunningly beautiful setting. The Birdlife is just amazing, in fact along with the parks in Northern Botswana this is as good as it gets for Bird lovers. it is prolific with the park regarded as one of the finest birding spots in Africa. Lots of animals as well elephant, hippos, lions, reedbuck, oribi, leopard, serval. crocodile, sable antelope, impala to name a few.

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    Visit Kande Beach on Lake Malawi

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    The lakeside town of Kande Beach (see my Kande Island pages) has everything. Camping, Dorms, Chateaus on the beach lake, horseriding followed by a bareback ride, snorkelling, swimming, boating, even the opportunity to dive or learn to dive on a padi course.

    Not only that, but the nearby village has some of the warmest friendliest people in Africa, you get to see just how an African town that operates on under a chief is run (organise a walking tour visiting the hospitals and the schools) and also there are great market stalls.

    Malawi is the warm heart of Africa and Kande Beach and its people epitomise that. Never have I met more generous and friendly people, and the scenery and relaxation is simply supurb.

    See my Kande Island Page for more photos.

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    Meet the villagers

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    The people of Malawi are world renowned for their friendly nature and the best way to see this is to meet and interact with them for yourselves. The fishing vilages around the lake are particularly great places to visit and see village life at its most colourful.

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    MISSIONARY GRAVES

    by johanl Written Feb 27, 2005

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    A couple of 100 metres from the entrance of the Malawi National park, at Cape Maclear, there is a small number of missionary graves, indicating the last resting place of Dr. William Black and some other missionaries.
    They tried to establish a mission, but in the end all got killed by malaria.

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    CICHLID

    by johanl Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Lake Malawi is famous for its cichlids.
    There are over 600 species of fish in the lake.
    The bright colours are astonishing.
    The breeding proces of these fishes is facinating.
    See more pictures in my TL 's on Malawi

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    CAPE MACLEAR

    by johanl Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Small, little lodges and shops are located at the shores of the lake at Cape Maclear.
    Lots of youngster hang around and try to sell their woodcarvings and other stuff.
    I bought a Malawi Bowl game, made of ebony wood. Not expensive but a nice souvenir.

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    CAPE MACLEAR

    by johanl Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Small, little lodges and shops are located at the shores of the lake at Cape Maclear.
    Lots of youngster hang around and try to sell their woodcarvings and other stuff.
    I bought a Malawi Bowl game, made of ebony wood. Not expensive and a nice souvenir.

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    CAPE MACLEAR

    by johanl Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Cape Maclear is situated on the southern lake shore. It is about 20 kms from Monkey Bay.
    It's a great place to do a boattrip. The local guys organise these trips and guide you to the nicest areas.
    Snorkeling is great, but again be careful with the bilarzia disease !!!!!
    Very close to Cape Maclear is Lake Malawi national park. You have to pay to get in.
    While making a boattour, the guys get you in the park through a back entrance and so you can visit the many islands that are around without having to pay the entrance fee, because you dont really visit the park.
    Teh local guys organise the tour. Ask around because prices can be very different. The average cost of a boattrip is about 50 US for the party and it takes up to 2 hours.
    Make sure you get to see the fisheagles. It is amazing how they catch the fish with their claws.
    The boat people usually buy small fishes, throw them in the air and then you can see the eagles coming down from the baobabs and take the fish out of the water. You cant believe your eyes when they pass the little boat you are in, at about 2 meters at a very high speed. Fantastic !!!!!!

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    LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    by johanl Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Malawi is a paradise for birders.
    It is very hard to get close to them, but we managed to see several fish eagles.
    Only got them on digital movie, while they dive to catch a little fish with its claws.

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    MULUNGUZI NATURE TRAIL

    by johanl Written Feb 24, 2005

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    After following a dirt road for about 15 kms to the top of the Zomba plateau, there is a beautifully situated campsite with pic nic and BBQ areas. Great place to have lunch.
    To take of some weight after lunch we hiked into the forest.

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    Safari trips are absolutely fantastic! A must!

    by Lady-Charisma Updated Sep 11, 2004

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    Keep in mind now...I was very young (between the age of 5-8) when we lived in Africa, so I am trying to recollect my memories about Malawi. My parents have helped me recall some experiences, although they may not be clear to my own memory. According to my folks, on July 5, 1984, our safari vehicle had to make quite a number of stops because of the animals we encountered. Imagine a huge python (or was it boa constrictor) slithering across the road. Yep, you guessed it...happened to us. Then there was a whole herd of elephants that were crossing the road and we had to wait until the entire herd made it across before we could continue on the road! And have you seen those Indian Jones movies, where they have those rickety bridges with wooden slats missing and a roaring river underneath? Yep, been there, done that too! Now how many people can say that they've experienced all that? Not too many, huh? I definitely consider myself fortunate!

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    Kayaking

    by Lady-Charisma Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    When we lived in Malawi, my family made a trip to Lake Malawi. We had so much fun in the water, kayaking and swimming. By the way, if you don't already know, kayaking gives you a bit of a work out, so if you want some exercise, I highly recommend it! The experience was really special to me because although I was only between the ages of 5-8 (can't remember which yeaer it was exactly), it was a family trip and we all had a great time! Also, I remember that there were tons of baboons (monkeys, for those who are not familiar with the term) milling around the place. People aren't allowed to feed them, otherwise, they might become too comfortable around people and who knows what might happen then!

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    Snorkeling or diving in Lake Malawi

    by Christel21 Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Much of the country is covered with freshwater, inhabbited with more than 600 different aquarium fish. It looks like the ocean. Looks can be deceiving. When we were there there were big waves too! I havn't had the opportunity myself to go diving or snorkeling in this magnificent lake yet but when I go on my Africa tour (about in the year 2007) I will not miss out on it.

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    Local Markets

    by Dodo22 Written Nov 16, 2003

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    When in Malawi, or in fact anywhere in Africa, go to the local markets. You have an opportunity to see both the people and a great range of fresh food - it might not be what you are used to at home but its a very real view of how these people live from day to day.

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    Tea estate

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    Near the town Mulanje, amid of many tea estates, we visited an estate.
    Everywhere around, we saw fields with tea bushes for many KMs. Between the fields we saw wide red-coloured tracks.
    There was nobody around at the fields.

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