Malawi The Warm Heart of Africa Gateway to Rolling Grasslands, Majestic Mountains and Shimmering Waters

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Malawi has the third largest and second deepest fresh water lake in Africa, the spectacular Lake Malawi, and many other stunning rivers.

Malawi is called the ‘Switzerland of Africa’. With a geographically-rich landscape, the country probably has one of the most breathtaking sites in Africa. Owing to its geographical diversity, Malawi is also known for its spectacular lakes, mountains, hills, forest reserves and national parks. The country is known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ for a reason. Malawi was ranked No. 3 in Africa on the Global Peace Index 2016. There are approximately 17 million people living in Malawi with a great mix of culture and diversity that includes various tribes such as Chewa, Nyanja, Maravi and Tumbuka with their unique ceremonies, traditions, dress, dances and languages.

Visit Ntchisi Forest Reserve for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. A visit to a local village can easily be arranged at most lodges or hotels, be it in a town, a national park, a forest reserve, or even on the lakeshore. The Chongoni Rock-Art Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must for nature and art enthusiasts. In addition, the country was named in ‘one of the top 10 places to visit’ in 2014 by Lonely Planet. The unspoilt and unexplored beauty of Malawi beckons the avid travellers to the Warm Heart of Africa! It is a gateway to rolling grasslands, majestic mountains and shimmering waters, a playground for adventure and nature lovers. Channel your inner traveller. Come, let’s play!

A Paradise for ‘Game Viewing’ and Safaris

The country, fondly known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, is also home to over 6 national parks and game reserves, where you can see the ’Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo) in their natural habitat, ideal for those with an appetite for wildlife, safari and game viewing. Bear witness to the breathtaking beauty of the rolling grasslands of the Nyika National Park, Liwonde National Park and Lengwe National Park. A trekker’s dream, the majestic Mulanje Mountain located in southern Malawi, known for its massif layer, boasts of having its highest point elevating up to 3005 metres.

Lake Malawi

Malawi has the third largest and second deepest fresh water lake in Africa, the spectacular Lake Malawi, and many other stunning rivers. The depths of its shimmering waters are home to many species of fish, and include about 1000 species of the colourful cichlids. Lake Malawi’s crystal-clear water stretch over 580 km from north to south and 75 km across at its widest point. Another prized gem of Malawi is the Marine Park at Cape Maclear, which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Simply relax on the sandy beach of the lake or indulge in snorkelling, diving or kayaking. A must do for divers is this aquarium like environment due to the numerous varieties of brightly coloured and patterned cichlids. The ideal time to enjoy this adventure is between the months of August and December, when the visibility can reach up to 30 metres.

Easygoing Vibe and Warm Hospitality

In terms of the weather, Malawi has a pleasant tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 8-15 degrees in winter and 15-30 in the summer. The rainy season starts in October and lasts till March when the temperatures are relatively warm.

In the month of July, Malawi plays host to an International Sailing Marathon, which has now become a key annual feature on Lake Malawi. In the month of September, an International Musical festival dubbed the ‘Lake of Stars’ that attracts top local and international artists and music lovers to an entertaining music sun downer is held on its shores.

Travellers will surely fall in love with Malawi because of its magnificent beauty and the vibrant people renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Malawi is one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. It’s no wonder that it has earned the accolade… ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.

There are close to 7000 Persons of Indian Origin in Malawi, while the number of Indian nationals is about 2000. They are mainly engaged in trading, agriculture, agro-business and pharmaceutical retail business, besides a few other professions. The members of the Indian community arrived in Malawi mainly from Gujarat and are concentrated in important cities such as Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Indian tourists wishing to know more about the country can gain information from its High Commission in Lilongwe, which the Government of India opened in the Capital of Malawi in recognition of the strong ties between the two countries.

In a nutshell, Malawi has all the prized offerings to pamper travellers such as luxury hotels, beach resorts eco-lodges, sun-drenched beaches, wildlife, scenic majestic mountains and scenic valleys. However, the major tourist attraction remains the great Lake Malawi.

How to Connect from India to Malawi by Air

Regarding connectivity from India to Malawi by air, one can fly to Malawi through Ethiopia, with Ethiopian Airways, or through Nairobi, Kenya, with Kenya Airways; through Dubai, Emirates Airline, and connecting through South Africa. We are certain there are many prospective tourists out there, who would like to travel to Malawi given the vast array of breathtaking and outstanding attractions.

Malawi also has a number of tour operators who are ready and willing to provide travel packages to would be-travellers in Malawi. Below are the contact details.

Role of the Malawi High Commission in Promoting Tourism in India

In keeping with the priority areas as elaborated in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS-II), government identified tourism as one of the key areas for spurring economic growth. That is why when government opened its Mission in New Delhi in February 2007 as one way of consolidating the cordial bilateral relations that already existed between Malawi and India; it also established a tourism department within the Mission. With the High Commission located in New Delhi, it is now so easy for Indians to travel to Malawi as entry visas are processed within the shortest period of time.

Since the opening of the Mission, the number of Indian tourists visiting Malawi has grown steadily. In the last three years, 850 Indians (both business and leisure travellers) have visited Malawi.

The High Commission is also mandated to intensify promotion of the Malawi tourism industry in India through participation in exhibitions and road shows.

Additionally, the Mission is exploring all the various tourism initiatives that make ‘Incredible India’ a shining example. For instance, India has a strong and developed film industry. We are at the moment connecting our professionals from TV institutions in Malawi to the film production training institutions in India, with a view to adding value to the film industry in Malawi.

The Mission is also confident that in the not-so-distant future, Bollywood stars will come and shoot their movies in the picturesque sites in Malawi. Apart from pitching to Indian travellers, there are many other areas of collaboration that we would like to explore, as one way of promoting the tourism industry in Malawi with India as a strategic partner.

All potential Indian travellers are encouraged to make Malawi there next tourist destination so that they can experience its beauty and warmth of its wonderful people. You will surely fall in love with Malawi – ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.

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