Malawi (also spelt Malaŵi) is in east Africa, bordered by Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. This is a country known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’ – Malawians are known to be particularly friendly toward visitors.
Malawi is a long thin country that Nature-lovers adore with national parks and game reserves, mountain hiking and plateau trekking, providing a very beautiful and varied landscape.
Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and its beaches and tropical fish are breathtaking. The Lake with its immediate shoreline and the valley of the Shire River which drains it, lie within the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. Dominated by the Lake, as well as the Great Rift Valley that cuts through the country from north to south, a series of escarpments climb into the Central African Plateau. This undulating land is punctuated by hills and forests. The lake is home to the biggest variety of fish species – more than any other freshwater lake on earth. Most of the species of fish are protected within the Lake Malawi National Park (at its southern tip).
The Lake with its immediate shoreline and the valley of the Shire River which drains it, lie within the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa.
The highest peaks in Malawi reach 10,000 ft/3000m while the lowlands are barely above sea level. These great contrasts help make the landscape of Malawi one of the most varied in all of Africa where one can see across countless miles of varied and magnificent surroundings. The forest reserves and uplands offer activities from climbing to trekking, mountain biking to bird-watching, or simple tranquillity in surroundings of incredible natural beauty.
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