Attractions of Malawi
Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of Malawi located in Eastern Malawi about 275 kilometers from the capital city Lilongwe with blue crystal clear water harboring hippos, crocodiles, birds, monkeys and eagles that snatch the fish. It is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi is also the ninth largest in the world covering an area of about 29,600 square kilometres.<
Mulanje Mountain is a huge granite massif in southern Malawi. The highest peak is Sapitwa which reaches just over 3000m. The mountain covers 635 square kilometres and is 295 kilometres from Lilongwe.
Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park is Malawi’s premier wildlife park with hippos, elephants, great bird life, African fish eagles and the rare Pel’s fishing owl along the banks of the Shire River. The park is 362 kilometres from Lilongwe and 548 square kilometers in size.
Zomba Plateau is a 900 metres plateau rising to 2,087metres located in the lively old capital of Malawi, Zomba. Zomba plateau offers incredible views, waterfalls, dams filled with trout and a lovely respite from the heat. The plateau is about 338 kilometres from Lilongwe.
This roughly diamond shaped plateau is located in north Malawi in Nyika National Park with its highest point being 2605 metres at Nganda Peak. It is 486 kilometres from Lilongwe.
Nyika National Park
Located in the North 492 kilometers from Lilongwe, Nyika National Park is Malawi’s first certified National Park and largest National Park measuring 3238 square kilometers. Nyika has the largest density of Leopards in the country, duiker, roan, warthog, bush pig, elephants, buffalo, zebra, over 400 bird species, a waterfall and trout pools.
Lengwe National Park
Lengwe is located 274 kilometers from the capital Lilongwe, southern Malawi. Animals in this area include; antelope, nyala, bush buck, monkey, baboons, impala, duicker, Livingstone’s suni, leopards, hyena and much more.
Kasungu National Park
Kasungu is located in northern Malawi 137 kilometers from Lilongwe, comprises of some 2072 square kilometers of woodland and bush. Wildlife include; Elephants, Antelopes, Zebra, buffalo, lions, leopard, hyenas, wild dogs and Jackals.
Majete Game Reserve
The Game Reserve has over 4000 animals within it, comprising of Elephant, Eland, Antelope, Zebra, Leopard, Duiker, Baboon, Monkeys, Warthog, hippo and Rhino. Majete is located 233 from Lilongwe, comprising of 70,000 Hectares of land in southern Malawi.
Nkhotakota Game Reserve
Nkhotakota is located 115km to the North East of Lilongwe covering an area of 1813 square kilometers in central Malawi. Nkhotakota is a beautiful reserve to take walk through, fish, hike or climb. Kingfishers, vultures and majority of the mammals can be found here.
Vwaza Game Reserve (Northern Region)
This game reserve is found in northern Malawi, 426 kilometers from Lilongwe measuring over 1036 square kilometers. Elephants, Hippos, Antelope, Buffalo and approximately 300 species of birds can be seen here.
Mwabvi Game Reserve
Located at the southernmost tip of Malawi in Nsanje District 503 kilometers from Lilongwe, Mwabvi game reserve covers an area of 137 square kilometers. Wildlife includes; buffalo, Kudu, Bushbuck, Impala, Nyala, Hyaena, Serval, Leopard, Genet, Lion, BushPig, Warthog, Klipspringer and over 350 bird species.
Kalali Hot Springs
Kalali hot springs are found in the central Region of Malawi
Lake Chilwa is located 245 kilometres from Lilongwe in southeastern Malawi. The lake covers an area of 1,000 square miles (2,600 square km), half of which is covered by swamp and mixed savanna vegetation.
Soche Mountain is situated right on the edge of Blantyre rising to 1,533 metres, 373 kilometres from Lilongwe.
Likhubula Falls are found on the western slopes of Mulanje Massif, southern Kenya 295 kilometres from Lilongwe. The waterfall is 12 – 15 metres high and it falls into a large pool called Old Man’s Pool which is reportedly 60 m deep.
Chingwe’s Hole is narrow sinkhole 8 m in diameter and 20 m deep on the northwestern edge of the Zomba Plateau, Zomba district 338 kilometres from Lilongwe.
Chongoni petroglyphs are a group of 127 granite rock faces, covered with prehistoric drawings in Dedza, 85 kilometres southeast of Lilongwe depicting the cultural history of local people over the last 2000 years. The total area of monument is 126.4 square kilometers.
The Malema fossils are of varied extinct animals like early hominids and dinosaurs. They are found in Karonga district about 570 kilometres of Lilongwe.
Fort Mangochi is said to be a historical slave route built by British in the 19th century. It is 272 kilometres of Lilongwe in southern Malawi.