Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordering Zambia in the northwest, Tanzania in the northeast and Mozambique in the east, south and west. The capital and largest city is Lilongwe, the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu. Lake Malawi with its beautiful bays,islands, light brown sand, stray palms and azure water takes about a third of Malawi's area. Malawi and its friendly inhabitants are known as 'the warm heart of Africa'. Malawi also has wildlife parks, a massive diversity of beautiful landscapes and high mountains, the landscape of Malawi is one of the most varied in Africa.
Tip: visit Cape Maclear (Chembe), a former hippie hangout and a favorite among backpackers, with its islands, forests and bay. There are cosy bars, restaurants, lodges and guesthouses in the town. Things to do in Cape Maclear include snorkelling, hiking, boat cruises, kayaking, and diving. Or take the ferry in Nkhata Bay to sail to Likoma Island, one of the most romantic destinations in Africa.
Where to stay in Malawi
The most visited cities and towns in Malawi are: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Senga, Cape Maclear, Chintheche, Zomba, Chadagha, Chipoka, Kande, Kasungu, Katoto, Lawrence Kaculu, Likulu, Limbe, Linyangwa, Maganga, Mbalamanja, Mpingwe, Mulanje, Mwamtawale, Nkudzi and Singine. You will find hotels, resorts, lodges and guesthouses.
Hotels in Lolongwe: President Walmont at Umodzi Park a five stars hotel, Titanic Offshore Lodge, Kiboko Town Hotel, Woodlands Lilongwe, Bridgeview Hotel and Conference Centre, Sheila's Lodge, Latitude 13 degrees, Simama Hotel, Lifupa Conservation Lodge, Longonot 43 - Lodge and Freddies Lodge.
Hotels in Blantyre: Protea Hotel Ryalls, Villa 33, Serendib Suites and Conference Center, Top Lodge and Home Up Guest House.
Hotels in Kande: Mbamba Beach Private Lodge.
Other hotels: Ng'ona Lodge (Maganda), The White Premier Lodge (Mpingwe), Sunbird Mzuzu (Katoto) and Kara O'Mula Country Lodge - Mulanje (Mulanje).
National and wildlife parks: Kasungu National Park, Lake Malawi National Park, Lengwe National Park, Liwonde National Park, Nyika National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota Game Reserve and Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve.