What does it mean to be the “warm heart of Africa”?
For those who have had the pleasure of visiting the southeast African nation of Malawi, this is especially true for one thing: the warm and welcoming smiles of the locals. It is called the “warm heart of Africa” precisely because of its friendly people. And yet, visitors do not just visit Malawi for the people… at least not entirely. Because the kindness of its locals is also coupled with an interesting assortment of sights and experiences.
Indeed, Malawi group tours are filled with places to see and adventures to be had.
Convinced, but not sure where to begin?
We have put together some of our favorite Malawi travel destinations and adventures below.
Malawi Highlights and Features
1. Lake Malawi
Malawi is a landlocked country bracketed by Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. However, its biggest tourist attraction is a lake—and thanks to its tides and beaches, it really does look a lot like an ocean. Dubbed as the “calendar lake,” Lake Malawi is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. Its vastness offers just about any type of adventure. You can sunbathe along the golden sand beaches of the lake or swim in the clear blue fresh waters. You may even kayak, scuba dive, sail, and snorkel. There is even horse riding! Those who wish to get a fuller scope of the lake may take the Ilala Ferry that covers 300 miles across the lake on a two-night excursion from Nkhta Bay to Monkey Bay.
2. Elephant Marsh
Initially, this marshy wetland was called Elephant Marsh because of the number of elephants that used to live in the area, sometimes up to 800 at a time. Unfortunately, due to poaching, most of these elephants have disappeared. However, Elephant Marsh is still home to varied wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, heron, fish, kingfishers, storks, and eagles. Activities such as nature excursions, birdwatching, and cultural experiences are offered. Elephant Marsh is Malawi’s second Wetland of International Importance.
3. Kumbali Cultural Village
Cultural experiences are among our favorite highlights in any trip, simply because they allow us a glimpse into the colorful culture and story of the land. It makes so much sense then to include a stop at the Kumbali Cultural Village in Malawi. The village seeks to educate travelers about the nation’s culture and traditions. Here, you will get to try traditional Malawian cuisine, including nsima and mandazi. Entertainment by the fire pit is also provided by the Kumbali Band. Everyone is encouraged to sing and dance along, of course. You may stay the night in any of the 12 village huts.
In the local Chichewa language, Malawi literally translates to “flames of fire.” Indeed, this country has some of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see. There are many different places to witness the sunset. For example, you may opt to view it from Lake Malawi or along the trail in Satemwa Tea Estate (which, by the way, has been producing tea and coffee for almost 100 years). The tea plantations look especially golden during sunset. Wherever you choose to watch the sunset, be sure to carry your camera with you. This is a must in your Malawi photography adventure.
Malawi group tours are for the adventure-seekers and wanderers looking to venture off the beaten path. And at every turn, you are guaranteed to meet the friendliest smile and welcome. The warm heart of Africa, indeed.