Malawi in southern Africa, although a landlocked county, is known for it's sandy beaches and unspoilt islands spread through the vast Lake Malawi, which covers 29,600 square kilometres along the eastern border. With high plateaus and gently rolling Shire Highlands, Malawi is a country that’s both beautiful and diverse, and is home to a large amount of varied flora and fauna.
Malawi has a wonderfully varied topography, from the great rift valley and its high mountainous plateaus to the gently rolling Shire Highlands that lie to the south of Lake Malawi. Despite being landlocked, this large crystal-clear lake on Malawi’s eastern border is dotted with secluded islands and untouched beaches on its western shore, adding to the natural beauty of Malawi. The lake is the third largest and second deepest in Africa and is the habitat of more species of fish than any other body of freshwater. Malawi is a small and friendly country bordered by Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east and south. The national parks in Malawi offer varied species and beautiful scenery, in which Malawi has two sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List; Lake Malawi National Park and the Chongoni Rock Art Area. Scott Dunn’s highlights for Malawi:
- Take a private boat trip out into Lake Malawi and spend the day in pure isolation, snorkelling off the boat in Lake Malawi’s clear and warm waters, home to an incredible number of fish.
- Stay on the remote Likoma, a tiny and secluded island in the middle of Lake Malawi.
- Explore the Liwonde National Park, for a chance to spot hippos and crocodiles, bathing in the Shire River.