Malawians have a reputation as being amongst the friendliest people in Africa, and indeed the country is often referred to as the “Warm Heart” of the continent. Formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland, Malawi is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast and Mozambique on the east south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi, which covers around one third of the area of the entire country and which is the dominant geographical feature. The lake follows the contours of the Great Rift Valley and is 585kms long. Enclosed by sheer mountains and palm-fringed sandy beaches, it’s one of African’s most beautiful lakes. Malawi’s south is home to the dramatic peaks of Mount Mulanje and a wealth of forest and mountain reserves. In the north is the wilderness of the Nyika Plateau with its rolling grasslands and colonial hilltop towns.


Landlocked, and wholly within the tropics, Malawi occupies a narrow strip of land between Zambia and Mozambique. The Great Rift Valley runs through the country from north to south and to the east of the valley lies Lake Malawi. In the mountainous areas of Malawi surrounding the Rift Valley, plateaux rise to 1000m above sea level, higher in the Shire Highlands to the south where Mt Mulanje rises to 3048m. The capital is Lilongwe although the commercial centre is Blantyre.

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