Malawi is a landlocked country situated in the heart of Africa. The country shares borders with Zambia in the west, Tanzania in the northeast, and Mozambique in the southeast.
Despite being a small country compared to its neighbors, Malawi has diverse landscapes that are definitely worth seeing. Within its territory are savannahs and swamps teeming with gazelles and zebras, and emerald mountains rising steeply near the border with Mozambique.
Its pride and joy, however, is the crystalline Lake Malawi. Famed for its bright cichlid fish species, the lake was once described by the renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone as the lake of the stars.
Malawi was once part of an empire known as Maravi. In the 1890s, it became a British protectorate. The country was granted independence in 1964 under the leadership of Hastings Banda.
Learning from its colonial masters, Malawians widely speak English. Nonetheless, when you’re here, knowing several catchphrases in Chichewa – the local tongue – will go a long way.
The country used to be a staging ground for missionaries. As a result, Christianity is the dominant religion.
Today, Malawi society is considered conservative in that public displays of homosexuality are forbidden. Its government is in the process of introducing democratic reforms.
Despite these apparent setbacks, the Malawi people are known for their generous hospitality and friendliness. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi and its locals always go the extra mile just to make a guest – especially tourists – feel welcome.
A note if you plan to stop by for a great safari adventure to the African hinterlands: If you’re bringing electronic gadgets, know that electrical appliances run on 220 volts in Malawi. All outlets are modified to Type G sockets; if you’re not from the UK, a plug adapter may be required.