Malawi has a nickname of “The Warm Heart of Africa” and for the right reasons. This little African country is a functioning democracy and one of the safest destination in the African continent. It has been selected as one of the kindest countries to strangers in the world (hence the nickname).

Malawi is located in Eastern Africa, and it is a totally landlocked country. The countries that border it are ZambiaTanzania, and Mozambique. The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe.

Things To Do

Malawi has one of the world’s least developed economies. There is, however, a big potential for tourism in the country. The tourist industry has grown greatly since the 1970s and the country’s government tries to expand this growth further.
The majority of tourist come from South Africa. But you can see tourists from both Europe and North America.

Lake Malawi is one of the main geographical beauties of the country, and also acts as its border. The Lake Malawi National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chongoni Rock Art Area is another entry of the country on that list. 

Zomba Plateau and Mulahje Mountain also attract many visitors. The most popular national parks of Malawi are the Nyika National Park, the Kasungu National Park, and the Liwonde National Park.

The country is rich in tribal culture. However, a lot of ethnic conflicts still inflame between various indigenous groups. The dances of Malawi form a major part of their culture. Traditional music and dances can be seen on occasions such as initiation rites, rituals, and various ceremonies and celebrations.

There is a rich tradition of basketry and mask carving. Wood carving and oil painting are also popular crafts. The items of crafts making are sold to tourists in urban areas.

Language

English is the official language here. The other national language is Chichewa. There are various ethnic groups in Malawi. The Chewa is the majority group. The people of Malawi are the Malawian.

Currency

The official currency is Kwacha. The approximate exchange rate is Mk726.65 for US$1. US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euros, and South African Rands are the easiest currencies to exchange. The acceptance of credit cards is very limited. However, main hotels in Lilongwe and Blantyre accept them.

Getting Around

In cities, you can find a taxi with no problem. In rural areas, it’s not so easy to do. If you want to hire a car, you can do it in Lilongwe or Blantyre. Cars drive on the left side of the road here. Roads are generally in good condition.

Electricity

In Malawi, they use electric sockets of type G. The standard voltage is 230V. 

Bon voyage!

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