Boasting verdant highlands, forest-covered hills and lush fertile plains that provide habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna, Malawi is one of the smallest on the African continent but is rich in cultural heritage and wildlife experiences. Whilst Malawi has a diverse kaleidoscope of stunning scenery that has been shaped by the Great Rift Valley, it is best known for its sea-like lake, stretching 500km along the eastern border.
Known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, modern-day Malawi credits its people as its greatest asset - friendly, welcoming and vibrant. Its colonial legacy can be seen in the architecture of the towns, in particular, Malawi's former colonial capital, Zomba. Zomba is found beneath the towering Zomba Plateau, which is part of the sprawling Shire Highlands, a unique blend of woodland and pine forest, home to an abundance of birdlife, giant butterflies and baboons.
Whilst not being Africa’s most obvious safari holiday destination, Malawi’s Liwonde National Park is home to large numbers of elephant, kudu, bushbuck and sable, whilst hippo and crocodile are found in large numbers in the Shire River. The Nyika National Park claims Central Africa's densest leopard populations.