More About Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa
Even though Malawi is ranked among the world’s least developed country, it’s nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa” because of its welcoming people.
The beautiful country stretches 840 km from the north to the south and contains spectacular highlands and beautiful lakes. Even though Lake Malawi takes up more than one-fifth of the country’s total area, it has a curving strip of land which follows along the East African Rift Valley.
Since it’s generally a tropical climate, it’s perfect for travellers to vacation at its most famous lake, Lake Malawi.
Malawi, once called Maravi, has evidence of early settlements around the popular lake, Lake Malawi, dating back to the late Stone Ages.
In 1891, the country was declared as the British Protectorate of Nyasaland by Britain.
In 1966, the country became a republic with Banda as the President. During his time as president, Malawi became a one-party state.
For a more in-depth history of the country, read this article.
The main reason Malawi is flocked by travellers is Lake Malawi. This massive lake stretches to around 563 km, making it the ninth-largest lake in the world and the third-largest and second deepest in Africa.
The lake is also home to more species of fish than any other lake which includes 700 types of cichlids. Cichlids are little, colourful fish which flicker in the shallows.
It’s often described as the “Lake of Stars” because of the many fishing boats drifting on the water at night, with their lanterns visible from shore.
Liwonde National Park
In all of Malawi, Liwonde National Park is the most accomplished safari and wildlife spotting area. The park is located along the course of the Shire River and contains many wetland swamps with grassy fields and baobab groves.
The park also contains several species of antelope, buffalo, hippos, elephants, and many other mammals. There are also over 400 bird species that call this park their home.
Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi and is the largest as well. It’s divided into two regions – New City and Old City. In Old City, you can explore attractions such as cafes, markets and restaurants. In New City, you can explore hotels and embassies.
In Lilongwe, you can enjoy Nsima, a local dish made of ground corn which can be served with a side of vegetables or meat. The seafood is locally sourced from Lake Malawi.
Malawi’s biggest export is tobacco which accounts for 50% of the country’s overall exports.
It’s tobacco production dates back as early as 1920, however, its rapid expansion was only visible in the late 1970s.
Football is a popular sport played in Malawi and was first introduced during the British colonial rule. The national football team is nicknamed “The Flames”.