The Republic of Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southeast Africa, enclosed by Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west, and Mozambique to the south. With an area of about 118,500 km², Malawi is only about one third the size of Germany and relatively sparsely populated with about 17 million inhabitants.
Little Malawi, is a peaceful country that lives up to its self-chosen epithet, “the warm heart of Africa”. Travelers rave again and again about the friendly, warm-hearted and hospitable inhabitants as well as the mixture of wilderness, culture and varied landscape, which is characterized above all by Lake Malawi. Nevertheless, Malawi is still a little visited country, far away from mass tourism.
Malawi is best known for Lake Malawi, most of which lies within its national territory and which makes up three-quarters of the country’s eastern border.
No lake on earth is home to more species of fish – about 1,000 species of cichlids alone, live in the lake, making it a popular destination for divers and snorkelers. Ornamental fish from Lake Malawi are exported worldwide.
For a long time, Malawi had little to offer the safari traveler due to extreme poaching. This has changed, and over 2,500 animals have been reintroduced to Majete National Park, most of them from South Africa and Zambia. Today, more than 5,000 mammals live in the park again. Currently, with Majete and Liwonde National Park, after decades there are again two protected areas that can proudly call themselves Big Five area.
With the Big Five, a focus on animal conservation and sustainable tourism, and Lake Malawi as one of Africa’s most beautiful swimming destinations, safari fans have also discovered the small country. Malawi is for us one of the most beautiful destinations in southeastern Africa.