Africa is varied, from its landscapes, lakes, wildlife, and people. From Cairo down to Cape Town in the South, the continent has always captured the minds and lives of travelers, artists, photographers, and even thrill seekers. On this vast land is a country in the Southern region known as Malawi, a landlocked country which shares its borders with Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa", Malawi is one of the most beautiful countries in the continent.
Why Is Malawi Called “the Warm Heart of Africa?”
Malawi is often referred to as the Warm Heart of Africa because of how kind its people are, its grand landscape, and its beautiful wildlife. The country is considered one of the kindest to strangers in the world and also one of the safest places to visit or live in Africa. Malawi, in the local language (Chichewa) means fire or flames. The name is derived from the fascinating sunrise and sunset over Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is one of the country’s main attractions and the third largest lake in Africa, popular for its crystal clear water and a high number of fish species.
Major Attractions In Malawi
The Incredible People
Malawi's residents are very friendly to strangers and often walk with smiles on their faces. Visitors from other countries continue to visit Malawi because of the overwhelming welcome they receive from the locals. Visitors are greeted with great respect and treated like family, no wonder Malawi was ranked “the Happiest Country in Africa.” While most communities in Malawi stick close to their cultures and traditions, visitors are always welcome to join, especially in the celebrations such as “Gule Wamkulu dance” (the Great Dance).
Lake Malawi National Park
The national parks and game reserves in Malawi are beautiful and less explored. Lake Malawi National Park is one of the main attractions in Malawi. Lake Malawi is one of the African Great Lakes, the third largest and the second deepest lake in Africa. The lake occupies one-fifth of Malawi and has the highest number of fish species in the world. The national park was created to protect fish and aquatic habitat. It is the world’s first freshwater national park and world heritage site. Other national parks in Malawi include Nyika National Park which is home to a vast herd of eland.
Chogoni Rock Art Area
The Chogoni Rock Art area is located in the central region of Malawi. The area features 127 sites of rich concentration of rock art in Central Africa. The sites reflect a rare tradition of farmer rock art and painting by the BaTwa hunters who lived in the area in late Stone Age and the Chewa agriculturalists who lived in the area during the Iron Age. The Chongoni Rock Art Area has been listed as a World Heritage Site.