Visit the landlocked Malawi and Africa`s Great Rift Valley with towering mountains, lush valleys and enormous crystal-clear lakes that make up this region. Malawi`s nature is incredible diverse, and the local people warm and welcoming. Large, interesting national parks, excellent opportunities to get to know the native cultures and exceptional value make this a great safari destination!
There is no country in all of Africa that has its geography so sculptured and determined by the Great Rift Valley, the 3,000-kilometer long formation that bisects much of Africa from Egypt to Botswana. This little known country is a gem in the heart of Africa, and it offers a true African experience.
Malawi is landlocked. It is a long and narrow country, covering more than 1,000 kilometers from north to south, an area slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. Lake Malawi, nearly 600 kilometers long and up to 80 kilometers wide, dominates the countryside. The Rift Valley is an ancient geological formation with fertile soils. Everywhere you go in Malawi one sees evidence of this. Throw down a seed, and a plant grows.
Malawi`s scenery is diverse and the habitats are varied. At its lowest point, the country is only about 35 meters above sea yet the nearest coastline is nearly 300 kilometers away. Its highest point, Mount Mulanje is over 3,000 meters above sea level. Between these altitude extremes, there are rolling hills, plateaus, cool misty mountains and much varied scenery. Each of the many diverse habitats is protected within Malawi`s eleven national parks and game reserves. Everything, from elephants to orchids, is protected.
Malawi is a wonderful, warm, friendly and welcoming country that offers visitors great scenery, interesting parks and some of the friendliest villagers in all of Africa. If you are keen on experiencing African cultures, Malawi is possibly the best country for this.
Malawi`s capital, Lilongwe, is easily reached via London, Johannesburg or Harare. The country has two official languages, English and Chichewa, although many tribal languages are spoken regionally. Most Malawi`s are Protestants or Catholics by religion, and there is a small Muslim minority. Malawi`s climate is subtropical with rainy season from November to May and dry season May to November.