Travel Malawi to Unravel Its Natural & Cultural MarvelsPosted by Tour Attractions in Africa | 0 comments
Visiting and exploring Malawi is a wonderful experience in itself. River Malawi rules the chart, being the most popular one but it is not the only one attraction which signifies the Malawi. Other Attractions of Malawi consists of the unique combinations of landscapes, wild lives, cultural, lakes and arts. They all combine to make this small country a wonderful place to visit. People of Malawi are welcoming & friendly.
They meet everyone with a smile. Malawi is bestowed with freshwater which provides the opportunity to play water sports. Variety of landscape with forests, mountains & lakes all imbibed in the same land gives Malawi its magnificence. Nine national parks and wild reserves make Malawi a treasure ground for wild life including flora and fauna.
We enlist the various attractions of Malawi categorically here:
Cultural & People
Cultural experience of interacting with real villagers in towns, lakeshores, forest reserve or sanctuaries. Interactions with the tribes who dance with mask on their faces in the ceremonies.
Get to see the larger towns like Blantyre, Zomba and Mangochi that have a number of historical buildings, monuments and museums. Towns like Lilongwe and Mzuzu are of interest for their markets. Monkey Bay and Nkhata Bay are busy ports. Nkhotakota is of historical significance and now is known for its blue pottery. Likoma Island is a wonderful place to interact with local people, and also see its magnificent missionary-built Cathedral.
Artistic skills are on show in and around Dedza. Artistic skill is also on display at Mua Mission, almost directly down the slope from Dedza.
The large agricultural estates, sugar at Dwangwa and the Lower Shire Valley and tea at Thyolo are interesting places to visit.
Variety of scenic locations is the major point of attraction among the visitors. The range of altitude from the highest being at 10,000 m to lowest only above sea level within a small area span adds to this attraction. The Rift Valley is the dominant feature. The flatter areas of the Rift Valley in South Malawi are home to some important wetlands, including Elephant Marsh, down in the Lower Shire Valley.
To the west of the Lake and either side of the Shire Valley in the south, is the Central African Plateau.
It is the widespread highlands and forests that provide the most impressive of the Malawi’s varied scenery. Up where the air is fresh and cool are clear mountain streams, heaths, rolling montane grassland and evergreen forests.
Nine national parks along with rich flora and fauna make the Malawi as one of the most enviable attractions of Africa.
Leopard is found across the country but is rarely seen due to its elusive style. Hyena is another animal that can be seen easily. Jackals too have population but are less seen. Hippos, Rhinos & elephants are seen as they have major population. Buffalo and zebra are commonly seen. Of the antelopes, bushbuck, grey duiker, kudu, grysbok, klipspringer and reedbuck are found in most of the protected areas. Roan and eland can also be seen, particularly in Nyika, whilst Liwonde and Kasungu are the most likely places to spot sable and waterbuck. The rarest species, Livingstone’s suni and the beautiful nyala, have good populations in Lengwe. Other mammals in the country include monkeys and baboons, bushpig, warthog and porcupine.
Malawi has a fantastic variety of birds with over 650 recorded species spread across the different landscapes.
Every 700th fish is cichlids. The Shire River also supports good fish populations including sungwa and tiger fish, whilst the Bua has mpasa (lake salmon), popular with anglers.
For flower lovers, there is great diversity, including 400 orchid species. These are found at all altitudes around the country. There are also numerous everlasting flowers, proteas, aloes and gladioli with reedbeds and waterlilies in the Lower Shire lagoons.
The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the lake activities available to visitors. Journeys by lake range from the famous motor vessel the Ilala to sailing in an ocean-going yacht. Cruises into the upper reaches of the great Shire river are also possible.