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Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi and formerly Nyasaland, in southeast Africa is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique to the east, south, and west. Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa. Its capital and largest city is Lilongwe.

What to see & do

Travel to Malawi and visit Liwonde National Park, Nyika National Park, Lake Malawi National Park, Chongoni Rock Art Area, Kasungu National Park, Lengwe National Park, and Chichiri Museum, among others. Museum of Malawi or the Chichiri Museum is a historical and cultural museum within Blantyre, Malawi. Opened in the late 1960s, it features collections that include early trains of Malawi, meteorites, a military exhibit, and human evolution exhibit, in addition to many more.

The Chongoni Rock Art Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in the late 2000s, and consists of around 127 sites in the forested hills of the Malawi plateau. The rock art area has art and paintings in granite formations that date back to the Late Stone Age and the Iron Age period. Founded in 2006, the rock art area covers more than 125 square kilometres within the Central Region of Malawi.

The other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malawi is the Lake Malawi National Park. Located at the southern end of Lake Malawi, it is the country’s only national park, established to protect and preserve fish and aquatic habitats. Many endemic species can be found here, as well as baboons, and an 800-year old baobab tree.

How to get around within Malawi

Malawi can be explored by bus, boat, taxi, and car. The buses within Malawi come as ‘luxury’ buses, medium-sized buses, and minibuses. The bus types only vary in comfort and the price of the fare. AXA Bus Company provides with coaches that reach the larger cities within Malawi although do not stop by the smaller towns. National Bus Company on the other hand is considerably the one with the most extensive network of stops in all of Malawi, with stops that cover every small town if necessary. Other options include UDK buses provided by UDK Passenger Services, and Restoration Express, among others. The medium-sized buses within Malawi are the larger type minibuses or coasters that function and stop around the area like minibuses. The minibuses within Malawi prove to be the cheapest way to get around the capital city Lilongwe. The minibuses within Malawi are the slowest way to get around and can be more expensive than the bigger buses when travelling longer distances or reaching further places.

Going by boat can arguably be the most enjoyable way of getting around Malawi. The Ilala ferry takes passengers from Monkey Bay to Chilumba via its scheduled runs, and back southbound via the same route. Additionally, Ilala also connects Likoma Island with the mainland, along with Cobuè in Mozambique. Going by taxi, on the other hand, the cabs are available throughout the entirety of Malawi and its cities. There are licenced and non-licenced taxicabs that can be taken to any point within the country. It is recommended to negotiate on the fare before going. Going by car, the local car rental companies within Malawi include Apex Rent-a-Car Malawi, SS Rent-a-Car, and Sputnik Car Hire. As a British colony, driving is right handed with the traffic moving on the left.

How to get there

Lilongwe International Airport, also referred to as Kamuzu International Airport, has flights to and from various destinations such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Beira, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Club Makokola, Likoma Island, Monkey Bay, and more. To Malawi from these destinations, airlines that operate flights include Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Malawian Airlines, Proflight Zambia, South African Airways, and Ulendo Airlink.

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