Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”. The country is landlocked but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is a dry arid place. It is home to Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world. At over 520km in length it is home to 1000′s of species of fish and miles of sandy beaches. With all this and more it’s clear to see why Malawi Tourism is booming.
Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world. As a result large areas of land are dedicated to agriculture. However it is still a great place to see some of the most impressive flora and fauna on the African continent. Elephants, Hippos, Antelope and Zebra are regularly seen. Black Rhinos were successfully reintroduced in the 1990′s and are now protected by the Malawian government. Following this success there are now plans to also reintroduce Giraffes. Unlike some of it’s neighbouring countries there are few of the “Big Cats”. There are Leopards, but due to their elusive and solitary nature you should not expect to see one.
Malawi is a Twitcher’s paradise. With over 650 different species of birds to spot including the Malawian national bird The African Fish Eagle which can be seen snatching it’s prey from the waters of Lake Malawi. And the natural wonders are not confined to the animal kingdom as Malawi also boasts over 400 species of Orchid.
The temperate climate in the northern highland earmarked it as an ideal spot for European settlement when the famous explorer David Livingstone ‘discovered’ Lake Malawi . He gave the lake the nickname “The Lake of Stars” because of the effect of the light’s on the local fisherman’s boats that lit up the lake at night. Presumably the fishermen had already discovered the lake some time before Dr Livingstone.
To have one outstanding attraction like Lake Malawi would be considered fortunate, but it is only one of Malawi’s two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The second is the Chongoni Rock Art area. Located high on the central plateau of Malawi they include paintings made by the BaTwa Hunter-gathers who lived in the area during the late stone age. Alongside these can be seen examples of farmer rock art, a tradition that carried on from the late bronze-age until the 20th century.
Kumbali Lodge offers first class Malawi Accommodation, making your stay in Lilongwe enjoyable and relaxing.
Malawi is one of the most interesting countries to visit in Africa. Rich in the natural beauty that its continent is known for, this country offers a great sampler of distinctly African experiences. When planning your Malawi holiday, don’t miss out on these top must-see and must-do activities:
A wonderful assortment of birds can be found in Malawi, and their beauty can be appreciated even from a distance, thanks to organized bird-watching activities. Delight in the cute Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird or see first hand the magnificence of the African Harrier Hawk. The grounds of Kumbali Lodge offer some of the best best watching activities in the whole of Lilongwe – see our dedicated page on Bird Watching in Malawi.
2. Malawian tea
Tea makes an important and age-old industry in Malawi. This country produces rich black tea that is a result of old-fashioned practices in their farms. According to tea enthusiasts, Malawian tea can be so rich that one can just refill the teapot with fresh water and produce a great second infusion.
To taste this soulful drink, try it in a restaurant that supports locally grown and fair trade products. The best dining places in Malawi are not only excellent in food, but in their dealings with the locals as well.
3. Lake Malawi
This is arguably one of the most interesting facts about Malawi: it has tectonic plates that are slowly diverging, creating a rift in the bottom. On this rift is Lake Malawi, a grand body of water that covers 11,500 square miles.
This lake is a popular tourist spot. It is best enjoyed from the heights of the Great Rift Valley. The scenery is remarkable, the air is refreshing, and the scientific phenomenon quietly going on underneath everyone’s feet makes for interesting discussions.
The best way to wrap up these experiences is to come home to a comfortable and high-quality lodge. Kumbali Country Lodge is the best option, as it offers these top experiences to guests and provides very cozy Malawi accommodation.
Kumbali Village together with Chewa Heritage Foundation will be showcasing some of the finest Gule Wa Mkulu from Lilongwe and the surrounding areas on Sunday 29 September. For more information please visit the Kumbali Village website or contact Scott on 0999 933 252 / email@example.com.
The best dancers and characters are being individually selected and invited to attend this special event. Characters will be coming from Mtakataka, Golomoti, Santhe, Madisi, Kalolo, Chitekwere and Mazengera.
The Kumbali Village Festival will provide you with an opportunity to see all these unique performances at one place at the same time. This kind of occasion does not happen very often so be sure to put this date in your diary.
We will also have live bands playing traditional music during the day. Some of the music will be original and some will be the Malawian Golden Oldies.
This event will be on the Sunday of the City of Stars weekend so take advantage of our Kumbali Village Special offer on Lilongwe accommodation in the village for only Mk 30$p.p per night, bed and breakfast in the village. The ideal place to stay for Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
Be sure to forward this mail to your friends as they would certainly not want to miss this occasion.
Kumbali Village – Celebrating Malawi Culture.
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While most posts about Malawi tourism begin by citing how it is a poor country- we think that Malawi is rich indeed. Malawi facts: its home to one of the world’s largest lakes (8th, 9th, or 10th depending on the source!), several substantial rivers, nearly 600 known food plants and receives an average of 1200 mls of rain per annum. Malawi is ecologically abundant!
Perhaps it’s natural wealth is most apparent under the rippling waves of Lake Malawi- where over 1000 types of Cichlids (brightly coloured tropical fish) are known to live. Some sources say that Lake Malawi is habitat for more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
Nicknamed the Lake of Stars, by missionary explorer David Livingstone, the lake is long and narrow and the southern part of the lake is easily reached from Lilongwe. If you are after some great dives, or want to learn to dive, then consider a trip to southern waters of Cape Maclear. Here you will find Danforth Yachting- a PADI diving centre fully equipped and ready for divers and soon-to-be divers. Danforth Yachting also provides some of the best Malawi accommodation on one of the most beautiful parts of the lake. Also of interest, Cape Maclear is home to Lake Malawi National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site said to be as ecologically important for understanding evolution as the Galapagos Islands.
Over the next few blog posts we would like to highlight the ecological wealth of Malawi in the hopes that readers are encouraged to explore the natural abundance that Malawi has to offer. Malawi travel opportunities are endless and chances are you will pass through Lilongwe and we do hope that you will come visit us. We are located just 8 km outside of the city centre on a 650 hectare farm so we feel confident in saying that- for a Lilongwe hotel- we have the biggest garden for you to relax in after a long day of travel or meetings.