Often called the Heart of Africa, Malawi is a small landlocked country bordered by Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the north, and Mozambique to the east, south, and southwest. One of the most densely populated countries in Africa, Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi. Affectionately known as Calendar Lake, Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa, covers approximately one fifth of the country, and is reported to be 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. With a rich harvest of fish, the lake is in large part responsible for the country's economy. Fishing villages populate the shoreline, and the traditional fishing methods locals use are an attraction to any visitor.
As well as being a destination in its own right, Malawi is also a great extension to some of the more often traveled safari destinations, and it is sure to provide visitors with an African experience in all its complexity and beauty.
From visitors' arrival point in Malawi, travelers are able to view this beautiful country on the way to their final destination. Primary wildlife attractions include Liwonde National Park, Nyika National Park, and Lake Malawi. Visiting Zambia while in Malawi is ideal because South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is accessible by air from Lilongwe.
For the more adventurous wishing to step off the beaten path, Mulanje is rewarding for bird lovers and botanists, though most of the game animals are gone. Zomba, home to the University of Malawi and one-time capital of the country, is popular among those who love to fish. The average visitor does not travel to these places, so any plans to do so require flexibility and the willingness to settle for a basic experience.
Most visitors enter Malawi through the capital city Lilongwe, or Blantyre, a city named after the birthplace of David Livingstone. Malawi is also easily accessible via Harare, Johannesburg, and Nairobi, among others.