A beginner's guide to Malawi

Top things to do in Malawi

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in the south eastern part of Africa. It has a diverse wildlife from colourful fish to baboons. Its peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resort and sandy beach. When visiting this popular tourist attraction, here are the top 5 things you must do before leaving the country.

Awake your inner Indiana Jones and go explore Mount Mulanje. Go hiking and have ATV tours around the mountain. The mountain provides visitors with majestic views of its surroundings. The mountains highest point is called Sapitwa and really isn’t for the faint-hearted, so, if you’re up to the task, visitors are encouraged to hike to the top. You will be rewarded with a natural swimming pool at the end of your hike.

Take a trip to the art gallery, specifically the La Caverna Art Gallery. It is situated in the historic building of the Mandala House, which serves as a base for the Society of Malawi. The garden surrounding the gallery offers visitors with an amazing picnic area. The beautifully curated exhibition is filled with art works that narrate the history of Blantyre and by extension Malawi. Visitors will also find artworks from local artist that are on display and some on sale, so, don’t forget to buy a souvenir on your trip.

Lake Malawi National park is a visit for the books! It boasts in sandy beaches and granite islands of Malawi’s Cape Maclear peninsula, at the southern end of Lake Malawi. The park offers visitors with various experiences such as kayaking, boat cruises, snorkelling, scuba-diving, bird watching and game drives to name a few. The park prides itself in the hundreds of species of colourful cichlid fish, which is native to the lake.

Take a trip down memory lane at the Chichiri Museum, also known as the Museum of Malawi. It is a historical and cultural museum that is located in Blantyre. The exhibition includes early currency used in the country, a military exhibit, human evolution exhibit and various jewellery exhibits. End your trip at the Malawi Wildlife Safari in Liwonde National Park. This experience is a once in a lifetime experience as the safari offers visitors a guided game drive which takes them through the area, passing crocodiles on the banks of the Shire River. The park offers affordable accommodation in its camps, leaving you with some disposable income for your next trip.