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Malawi is a landlocked country, running down the end of the Great Rift Valley that cut the African continent from North to South.
Dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake.
Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and as people, the Malawians live up to this name; they are extremely friendly and welcoming.
There are many market scenes, road side stalls, cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit.
With both the scenery and the culture Malawi is a great country to visit.
Liwonde National Park is considered to be one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa.
The park offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching you could wish to find.
A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the healthy population of Elephants in this park; they are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River.
Explore the Shire River and lagoons is an excellent opportunity for sightings of elephants, hippo, crocodile and bird life.
Birding is rewarding; specialities include: Lillian’s lovebird, brown breasted barbet, osprey, palmnut vulture, Pel’s fishing owl and Livingstone’s flycatcher.
Also available is a viewing hide on a tributary of the Shire River and also some interesting visits to the local school and surrounding rural communities.
Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and also one of the largest protected areas, and covers an area of over 700 sq km.
The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion and much of the higher lying areas in the west of the park are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete.
The activities on offer include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide.
The Lake Malawi National Park was established in order to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area. In 1984 the park was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids.
Various watersports such as snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube are offered.
A sunset cruise onboard the dhow is a great experience.
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