Must See Attractions

Lake Malawi is the most popular destination in Malawi, famous for its sandy beaches and abundance of fish, but there are many other exciting places worthy of attention. Visit national parks, mountains, flood plains and wildlife reserves, and combine these excursions with relaxing in peace and tranquility on the shores of the great lake.

Sunset over Lake Malawi
Photograph courtesy of Danford YachtingSunset over Lake Malawi  

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the southernmost lake of the three large, freshwater lakes situated in the rift valley of East Africa. It is 365 miles long and 52 miles across. It has the richest variety of tropical fish of any freshwater lake in the world.

Visit the long stretches of totally uninhabited, golden shoreline and crystal clear waters.

There many water sports available include kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving. You can also visit one of the many traditional fishing villages along the shore.

Viphya Highlands

This is a wonderful area for those seeking a combination of stunning scenery and solitude. The plateau rises to 6000ft and provides an ideal area to unwind. A great place for trekking, mountain biking and other activities. Though not a safari destination, the bird watching is excellent and the forest is home to many small mammals.

Likoma Island

One of the most isolated and beautiful destinations in Malawi, Likoma lies in Mozambique waters, and is worth seeing for the cathedral the size of Winchester Cathedral, which was built upon it at the beginning of the 20th Century.

The market is an interesting and lively place, and a huge baobab tree, taken over and killed by a strangler fig, is now used by the traders as a cool storeroom. Rocky coves and sandy beaches abound, and this is a perfect spot for snorkelling, scuba diving or paddling in a local dugout canoe.

Liwonde National Park

Located in southern Malawi, Liwonde is the country’s premier game viewing national park, and has been described as ‘another Eden’. A diversity of animals includes large numbers of elephant and sable antelope, and the black rhino has also been reintroduced. Liwonde has some of the highest densities of hippo in Africa, sharing the waters of the Shire River with some very large crocodiles. It is also famous for its birdlife, with over 400 species recorded.

Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear is located in the world’s first freshwater national park, Lake Malawi National Park, which includes a land area as well as lake and water islands. Tropical fish provide a colourful kaleidoscopic display. Thousands of freshwater fish are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world. Hire a boat and feed the fish directly from the hand!

Nyika National Park

This is the oldest national park in Malawi, and also the biggest. The Nyika Plateau, in the north of Malawi, is home to a vast array of plants and birds. You can also see bigger game like zebra, hyena and jackal. Experience horse riding, mountain biking and driven safaris. From 3000 feet and higher, see beautiful views of Tanzania across the lake.

“…it was unlike anything else. It was deep in the heart of Africa, filled with the animals of Africa, and yet it was covered with the grasses, the flowers and the colours of Europe.” Laurens van der Post

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