The road from Lilongwe, Malawi’s Capital City, to Salima is a good one, winding gently down the Great Rift Valley, to the distant shimmer of the lake. Senga bay, fifteen kilometers from Salima town, is the hot spot of activities in the central lakeshore area.
North West of Salima, is Malawi’s first wild and birdlife community reserve - Kuti Wildlife Reserve (www.kuti-mw.org) . Here you can see a wide range of wildlife including Giraffe, Nyala, Ostrich, Zebra, Monkeys, Kudu, Waterbuck and Sable.
Further, 80 kilometers south of Salima is Mua Mission, the first Roman Catholic Mission in Malawi, established by White Fathers in 1899. Mua today is synonymous with Father Claude Boucher. ‘Fr Bushy’, as known to his flock, has channeled his passion for Malawi into a Sculpture School and a rich Museum of Culture.
The Mua Mission, Chamare Museum, one of the few living cultural museum centres in Malawi, and KuNgoni Art and Craft Centre www.muamissionmalawi.com.
Nkhotakota, 112 kilometers North of Salima, along the lake shore, Nkhotakota is rich in history and the largest traditional town in Africa. It was visited by Dr David Livingstone in 1863, when it was a Centre for the Slave trade, where he met with Jumbe, a renowned local Slave Trader to negotiate ending the Slave trade.
Further north is Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which has been restocked with Elephants and thousands of other animals such as Sable, Waterbuck, Zebra, Kudu, Eland and warthogs. Nkhotakota Wildlife reserve is an excellent destination for bird watching while the Bua river which flows through the reserve offers sport fishing and white water rafting adventures.