Malawi Things to Do

  • Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
    Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
    by MikeBird
  • Approaching Roan on foot
    Approaching Roan on foot
    by MikeBird
  • Vervet monkeys at the centre
    Vervet monkeys at the centre
    by MikeBird

Malawi Things to Do

  • Lake Malawi

    Malawi Things to Do

    With three weeks in Malawi I had the time to undertake the globally recognised PADI open water course which is the first level of scuba diving. I researched the various providers of the training who operated on Lake Malawi and found there were at least two. There may be more. In the end I chose to travel up to Nkhata Bay and spent six days there...

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  • Take a walking safari in Nyika NP

    We paid extra to have the privilege of walking out across the landscape of Nyika National Park. We set off from the Chelinda campsite. Our guide was a ranger with Wilderness Safaris but he was based at Nyika. He knew the park well and was very informative about the plants and animals we saw. We were only out for a couple of hours so clearly in that...

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  • Birdwatching in the Lilongwe Wildlife...

    Not far from the centre of Lilongwe is a largely undeveloped woodland which has been given over to wildlife as part of an education centre, a rehabilitation centre and a place where one can walk quietly in the hope of finding some wildlife. I visited the sanctuary twice and saw a pleasing array of mammals, birds and reptiles including a crocodile,...

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  • Admire the view from the Zomba Plateau

    The photo shown above was taken in 1985 when I first visited Zomba. In 2013 I returned and although I couldn't remember where I had taken that first photo i thought I should take some more this time around.On my 2013 visit I was accompanied by a guide whom we hired from the Africa Heritage café near the Cricket Club. He was very informative and a...

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  • Take a PADI underwater diving course

    With three weeks in Malawi I had the time to undertake the globally recognised PADI open water course which is the first level of scuba diving. I researched the various providers of the training who operated on Lake Malawi and found there were at least two. There may be more. In the end I chose to travel up to Nkhata Bay and spent six days there...

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  • View Liwonde elephants from the Shire...

    I stayed for one night at the Hippo View Lodge just outside Liwonde town. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Shire River which flows out of Lake Malawi. Just a kilometre upstream from the lodge is the Liwonde National Park where there is a great selection of large game animals. I was on my way to Zomba and didn't have time to explore the...

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  • Explore Zomba Market

    In the centre of the Zomba town ( or is it city?) can be found the covered market. It's a friendly place where you can buy a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fish, sundry electrical electrical goods, lots of clothes and african fabrics, live chickens and even a few tourist carvings. This is not the main tourist market as that is...

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  • Community Visits Malawi

    Malawi is known as The Warm Heart of Africa. Every holiday to Malawi should include visiting a local community. The Responsible Safari Company has linked with 4 different communities to offer visitors a chance to interact with local Malawians and learn more about Malawian culture. There is a community visit in Mulanje, Zomba, Lake Malawi and...

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  • Camp at Chitimba for awesome sunsets

    Located alongside Lake Malawi Chitimba Beach has a great campsite where you can pull up for the night. The locals are friendly and smiling. especially the children. While I was there we witnessed the most amazing sunset over the lake, so it was well worth the stop. Visit my Chitimba pages for more photos and information

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  • Malawi National Dance Company

    If you can get any oppertunity to see the wonderful Malawi National Dance Company you should! They are amazing dances. They came and danced for us, and truely it was one of the highlights of the trip! They are wonderful dancers and very different from Western dance companies as they let anyone join and dance regardless of their age or weight. Which...

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  • Lilongwe - The Capital

    You know that Lilongwe is the capital, and thats not because its big - its not, its a small city. But it sprawls and its bustling, there are buses and bikes, people and markets, big supermarkets and a few large shops. You dont seem to get anything like this is Africa unless you are in the capital city.Our stop here was brief, we were here to get...

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  • Visit to the sheriffs house

    Every smal town in Malawi has a sherrif, and we were invited to his home one night with the kids from the local school.Wow - the kids here are so full of energy - they danced all night for us, we sat and ate a locally cooked meal on rugs on the floor and then the kids sang for us - the Malawi national anthem in Malawi and then in English.

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  • Mzuzu Market

    Mzuzu is a town inland some way down the lake.It seems that for overland trucks in Malawi a stop at the local market is a rite of passage.Mzuzzu Market is huge, it is crammed full of locals selling their wares, its not tourist market, most of the things on offer here are in the form of clothes, fabrics, shoes and bags.We were having a fancy dress...

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  • Sunrise

    This was and still is the most amazing surise I ever saw.I was on Chitimba Beach on Lake Malawi, which is located on the north of the lake.We had crossed the border from Tanzania the night before I never realised that the clocks had changed!I was up and about early and went to sit at the beach and saw the sunrise.The clouds over the lake with the...

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  • Lake Malawi

    &CBLake Malawi would be one of Malawis major attractions, and having been there I can see why.I never imagined that a lake could be this big - you couldnt see anything on the otherside, it was just like an ocean to me! Even when we were back in Uganda and visited Lake Victoria - well I guess it didnt feel like a lake either - but this I know its a...

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  • Swim to Kande Island

    Swim from Kande Beach out to the Island. Should take about 40 minutes if the lake's calm. Once out there, hunt for some Monitors (massive lizards), jump off the rocks (3 different levels, from easy to damn scary), look at the multicoloured fishies swimming around the crystal clear rocks, go fishing and chill in the shade. Hitch a lift back with...

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  • Stunningly beautiful Liwonde National...

    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...

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  • Visit Kande Beach on Lake Malawi

    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,...

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  • Meet the villagers

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    The game viewing was great.Tough the bush is rather high in the raine season we managed to see a lot of game.

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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    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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  • LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

    Lots of hippo's in the Shire river, close to the park.Be careul and dont get to close. Thes animals can easily tip the boat over.

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  • BAOBAB

    It is not hard to see. Everywhere in Malawi you will find the BAOBAB. It is not only a beautiful three, but is used to sit out of the sun and protect the house.

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  • ON THE WAY BACK FROM ZOMBA

    As everywhere in Africa, the sundowners are beautiful.On the way back from Zomba, we had this great view on the Shire river.

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  • LIMBE NEAR BLANTYRE

    Limbe a township near Blantyre is one of the places where medecins sans frontieres is having one of its quarters.

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  • TOO CLOSE

    The rocks at the riversides are very slick.Dieudonné experienced this and ended up in the river. But with temps around 27 degrees, no harm done.

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  • MULUNGUZI NATURE TRAIL

    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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  • SALES PEOPLE

    Along the way, children try to sell all kind of curiosa and food.Try the pineapple, oranges and passion fruit.Its delicious.The colorful baskets are a nice souvenir

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  • ZOMBA PLATEAU

    The Zomba Plateau is situated about two hours drive from Blantyre.It is a lovely region, with lots of walking trails, cascades and forest.

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  • Safari trips are absolutely fantastic! ...

    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...

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  • Kayaking

    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...

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  • National Parks

    National Parks: Lengwe NP, Nyika NP and Liwonde NP are certainly the nicest and most visited Malawian National Parks.

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  • Snorkeling or diving in Lake Malawi

    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...

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  • Local Markets

    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

    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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  • Tea factory in the area of Mulanje

    At the southern base of the Mulanje Massif are a lot of tea estates.Not far from the town Mulanje we visited a tea estate. We went to its factory. It was not possible to vist the place that day. It was off-season and saturday, so except on the office nobody was around.

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  • Mulanje, flora and fauna

    We walked for two hours near the Likhubula Forestry Station. We had some nice views at the Mulanje Massif. The valley, where we walked, was very green.In the forestry some non-indigenous pine has been planted on the higher slopes, but in the most parts of the Mulanje Massif you can walk in the natural surroundings. The lower slopes, where we...

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  • Mulanje, rockpools and waterfalls

    The Likhubula Forestry Station, easy reachable 1 KM from the town Mulanje, has a beautifull setting.Here we saw some cheap nice resthouses to spend the night.From the station Austin guided us to two interesting waterpools and waterfalls nearby.it was a steep walk up of about 45 minutes. We enjoyed the green scenery, the rocks and the water.

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  • Visit to Mulanje

    We visited the Mulanje area only for one day. The Mulanje Massif has an easy acces from Blantyre, well-organised and inexpensive facilities and some of the most dramatic scenery of the country, so Mulanje is the most popular hiking and trekking area of Malawi. At the upper plateau are clear paths and well-maintained huts.During our one day visit we...

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  • Mulanje Massif

    From Blantyre we visited Mulanje, a very beautiful highland area.Mount Mulanje is a vast isolated granite massif rising steeply from the plain south east of Blantyre.The massif covers a area of 650 KM2, the plateau is 2.000 M, incised by several wooded ravines. The 20 peaks are more than 2.500 M. The Saptiwa Peak with 3.002 M is the highest point...

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