Regions in Malawi

Lake Malawi gets all the attention and rightly so; a dazzling inland sea of crystal waters surrounded by sandy beaches, taking up almost a fifth of the county's territory. However, for a diverse African holiday, combine your lake adventure with a journey to the tea plantations or venture to the wonderfully scenic plateaus in the heart of the country: 

Few countries are so dominated by one geographical feature as Malawi is by its great lake. Enveloped by mountains, and trimmed by white sand beaches and swaying palms, this is the perfect spot to unwind after a safari. It also plays host to ‘The Lake of the Stars Festival’ in October each year, with acclaimed musicians from Malawi and the world coming to town and performing live on the lakeshore.
The verdant highlands and tea plantations of Thyolo are not only picturesque, but great for getting to know Malawi’s friendly farming communities. As well as providing perfect conditions for growing tea, the cool climate in the shade of Mount Mulanje makes it ideal for walks, hiking, quad-biking and birding.
Liwonde National Park may not have the game to rival such giants as the Masai Mara, but what it lacks in game, it certainly makes up for in natural beauty and a quintessentially African atmosphere. Although you can go on game drives and bush-walks, the real highlight is drifting down the Shire River amongst wallowing hippo, lurking crocs, and a multitude of birdlife. Back at camp you’ll have warthogs grazing in front of your tent and elephants roaming about at night.
Majete National Park is a shining example of the many game reserves across the continent that are being restored to their former glory. Heavily poached in the 80’s and 90’s, the new century sees the wildlife returning in force: black rhinos have been translocated into the area, elephants and buffalo roam again, and an elusive collection of big cats have been allowed to reign once more.
The stunning rolling highlands of the Nyika Plateau are a lot like Scotland in appearance, but all-African when it comes to wildlife. Go for a hack on horseback to dramatic rocky outcrops, soak up the panoramic views, and observe zebra, eland, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and warthog. As for nocturnal adventures, you’re unlikely to see the glimmer of big-cat’s eyes, but may well see aardvark, porcupine and honey-badgers.
Part the whispering branches and step inside Malawi’s hidden wildlife reserve. Nkhotakhota is a truly un-explored wilderness made up of rugged escarpment, forest, and the drowsy Bua River. Although there’s a retiring collection of wildlife here – with plans to reintroduce the black rhino – it’s really about connecting with the sights, sounds, and scents of the bush itself.
At the heart of Malawi is the vast mountain stage of the Zomba Plateau, which was dubbed in colonial times as the best viewing-point in the British empire. Standing upon it, and looking down over beautiful Liwonde National Park, you’ll discover exactly what they meant. Rather than an arduous ascent, it’s a gentle trek to the top amongst ancient forests, magnificent waterfalls, and baboons scampering about in the lowlands. You can also go for rides as long-crested eagle and augur buzzard soar above.


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