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Bird Watching

Malawi has about 650 bird species that tourists enjoy such as .. White-winged Babbling Starling; Olive-headed Weaver; Shelly’s Sunbird; Orange-winged Pytilia; Souza’s Shrike; Lesser Seedcracker; Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl; Stierling’s  Woodpecker; Rwenzori Nightjar; White-chested Alethe; African Hill Babbler; Bertrand’s Weaver; Ludwig’s Double-collared Sunbird; Blue Swallow; Wattled Crane; Olive-flanked Robin Chat;

Bird Watching

Game Drives

Malawi is well known for game drives, some of the places to enjoy it are as follows... Game Drives Areas Majete Wildlife Reserve Proclaimed in 1955 as fast becoming one of the most beautiful parks in Malawi, where in 2003 it took on a new lease of life and become a Big Five reserve. Located southwest of Blantyre in the Lower Shire Valley in southern Malawi. It offers a wide variety of activities, including elephant tracking,

Game Drives

Scuba Diving

Lake Malawi is recognized as one of the best freshwater diving locations in the world. It is the Centre of this activity because of its clear, calm, warm, shark –free waters with an abundant fish population. Tourists enjoy visibility in the months of November to December up to 30m.To increase the participation of local people towards this activity, there is established dive school in Nkhata Bay and another school on Likoma island.

Scuba Diving

Hiking

Generally done in the cool, shady forests on the hills and plateau in the morning to afternoon. 

Places where hiking is offered:-

Mulanje Mountain

This is Malawi’s very own ‘mountain in the sky’, there is a large area that can be covered on foot and Mulanje Mountain has a network of huts for intrepid explorers to stay in. Marked paths offer a variety of routes and guides and/or porters can be hired which are always available at the foot of the mountain.

Nyika Plateau

Though less rugged, but walking at Nyika Plateau is undeniably one of the best ways to explore this unique and wildlife-rich wilderness. There are marked trails for those ready to hike and camp for a few days. They cover the various peaks and valleys whilst offering chances to encounter the animals in the park close at hand. Its serene forests, hills and streams as well as the views from it, offer another attraction for walkers.

Zomba Plateau

With a peak topping 2000m, this unique plateau has vast tracts of cedar, pine, cypress and a mix of other wild trees. Unlike other places, there are roads up to the plateau, and the unique features are that, the terrain is generally softer and gentler, with fewer and lower peaks. It’s an excellent place for rambling and hiking, with a number of easily followed roads and trails. The plateau contains pine plantations as well as rolling grassland, montane forest, scrub and woodland.

Dedza Mountain

The area around Dedza town, which lies between Lilongwe and Blantyre, contains several forest reserves which are well worth exploring, including Dedza Mountain, Chongoni and Mua-Livulezi.

Other interesting places for hiking include Nkhoma Mountain (1,784m) which lies to the east of the main Lilongwe-Dedza road, Dzalanyama forest  and Ntchisi forest reserve.

Hiking

Cultural Activities

Malawians have a wide variety of traditional dances which spice up their way of life.  There are  over 70 traditional dances and three of these namely: Vimbuza, Gule Wa Mkulu and Tchopa,  have been proclaimed by UNESCO as Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Among other dances include :- Chisamba by the Chewa, Uyeni by the Ngoni, Chilimika by the Tonga and Likhuba by the Sena. 

Cultural Activities

Biking

Malawi’s varied terrain, make it a great country for biking. More challenging mountain biking is provided in the forests and on the plateaux. Most of the lodges in the forested highlands offer mountain bikes for hire and there is an increasing number of trails to explore. Mountain biking can be enjoyed at the following spaces: The Luwawa Forest area is known for hosting its annual international mountain bike race in June, where passionate cyclists from across the globe come to the country to partake in their favorite activity.

Nyika National Park is another great biking destination in Malawi and during the visit to the park, consider staying at Chelinda Camp, there is a reasonable accommodation that is popular among cyclists and offers cycling tours. Blantyre, Malawi’s busiest city, has its fair share of cycling routes, going through both the concrete jungle and dense forests. Several cycling tours are offered in Blantyre where guests can be taken to a remote wilderness to go on a biking expedition led by a skilled guide. Planning a cycling trip around Blantyre means you won’t have to venture far after landing in its airport for an adventure, and there’s more accommodations to choose from if you decide to stay in the city instead of the countryside. Other significant places for biking include; Zomba, Viphya, and Ntchisi. 

Department of Tourism , Tourism House
Off Convention Drive , Private Bag 326
Lilongwe , City Centre
Malawi, Africa
Email: Info@visitmalawi.mw 
Phone: +265 1 775 499 
Fax: +265 1 770 650
www.visitmalawi.mw
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