I. Can. Not. Wait. For. Malawi. I have never been and have heard just the most incredible things. Bring on a full month (or more) of getting to know this awesome place. Approximate timing: May 2018
What have I missed on my lists? Please add things in the comments below.
Part 1: Southern Malawi
- Blantyre has good restaurants, bars and fascinating Society of Malawi Library and Archives (inside Mandala House). Shops and banks on Victoria Ave and Glyn Jones Rd. Also check out the National Museum.
- Majete Wildlife Reserve, on road from Tete to Blantyre. Reintroduced lion here in 2012. Has Big Five. A lot of camping options in and around.
- Mulanje and Mt Mulanje, 3,000m high. Amazing views, arrange a porter if hiking (can spend 4 days up and down). Insulberg – completely different eco-system.
- Mt Mulanje Porters Race in July every year.
- Stay in a planter’s home, around Mt Mulanje and the Lower Shire/tea estate.
- Town of Zomba (previous capital of Malawi) with ghost-town colonialism, banks and good restaurants.
- Massif town.
- The mysterious Zomba Plateau – southern part, with Mandala Falls, Queens View, Emperor’s View and Williams Falls. Camp at Ku Chawe Trout Farm.
- Liwonde National Park (and rhino sanctuary), Shire river and great off-roading. Not sure one can camp inside the park. Elephant spotting.
AROUND CAPE MACLEAR
- Lake Malawi National Park
- Mgoza Lodge, Cape Mclear (Malambe camp, cheaper, next door).
- Beautiful sandy beaches
- Mumbo Island, and kayaking there and back
- Nyika plateau
- Bustling, sprawling city, may initially be underwhelming.
- Tobacco auction floors on outskirts of city.
- City Centre (ministries, embassies, hotels etc.) and Old Town (markets, banks, backpackers etc.)
- Main market on Malangalanga Rd.
- Devil Street has bars and cheap hotels.
- Bohemian Cafe and Chameleon Bar.
- Mua (terracotta mission station), Senga Bay, Nkhotakota
- Kuti Community Wildlife Park – great partnership with local communities.
- Viphya Plateau, inland and varied.
- Livingstonia – Oom Piet’s camping spot.
Part 2: Northern Malawi
MID-LAKE / CENTRAL MALAWI
- Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. 4WD required. Also walking safaris and kayaking past crocodiles. Used to be a dilapidated park and no camp sites. Only a maybe.
- Nkhotakota town is where slave trade was very big at one point.
- Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island – on the Mozambican side of the lake, wonderful beaches, 6,000 people, lots of baobabs. Cathedral of St Peter. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba.
- Chongoni Rock Art Area
AROUND NKHATA BAY
- At Chintheche – Lake of Stars music festival – 28 to 30 September 2018
- Nkhata Bay – Mayoka Village.
AROUND TANZANIAN BORDER
- Nyika National Park, largest in Malawi. Biking through the park. Can get cold in June to August. Stay at Chilinda Camp.
- Also some nice forested areas in northern Malawi.
- Best road to cross into Tanzania = Kyela, to Mbeya in Tanzania.