Formerly known as Nyasaland, Malawi is often overlooked as a holiday destination, but with such diverse wildlife, cultural festivals and World heritage sites, this country would not disappoint any traveller. Situated in southern Africa. Its neighbouring countries are Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. The capital is Lilongwe and the local currency is the Malawian Kwacha (MKW).
Fun Fact! Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in any lake in the world!
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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.
Malawi is a multi-ethnic country with the largest ethnicities being the; Chewa, Lomwe, Yao, Ngoni and Tumbuka. The official language of Malawi is English, but Chichewa is commonly spoken. Other native languages are spoken.
Chingoni Rock Art is UNESECO World heritage site. Located just south of Lilongwe, this site has some painting that dates back to the Stone and Iron age.
Lake Malawi National park with its beautiful beaches and plethora of species this UNESECO World heritage showcases the country’s vast biodiversity.
Witness of one their intense dance rituals. Usually in August the Nyau brotherhood have a ‘Gule Wamkulu’ ceremony celebrating life and death and in remembrance of their ancestors.
Liwonde National park is home to some extraordinary wildlife and woodlands. Why not book a safari tour to get up close to some of the big 5!
Rituals and Culture
The majority of the country are protestants with Islam being the second largest religion.
Dancing is a big part of Malawi culture, with a national dance group created by the government.
As the people rely heavily on agriculture, some common staples are maize, fruits and rice. With 1/5 of the country being made up of water it is no surprise that fish is common in Malawian diets. Some delicacies include Chambo (Fish), Nsima (thick maize porridge commonly eaten with a stew) and Ugali (maize eaten with meat stew or vegetables).
– Keep your wits about you; Like most countries, opportunities are everywhere, and petty crimes are a thing so always make sure you are aware of your surroundings.
– Protect your skin! You can imagine how hot the country can get. Remember to stay hydrated and pack lots of sunscreen on and don’t drink the tap water.
– Avoid swimming in the Lake, Lake Malawi, though beautiful is home to predators such as crocodile and hippos, it also contains parasites, so it’s best to admire it from a distance.