Capital: Lilongwe.


ClimateSubtropical. Rainy season November to May; dry season May to
November. Maximum average temperature in southern lake region varies from 21°C in June and July to 27°C in October to March.

Currency: The Malawian kwacha (MWK) is divided into 100 tambala. 

ElevationsLowest point is junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique at 37 metres above sea level. Highest point is Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) at 3,002 metres.

Ethnic groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European.

HistoryEstablished in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. 

Industries: Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods, mining minerals such as uranium, coal and rare metals.

Geography: Malawi is landlocked. Lake Malawi, 580 km long, is the most prominent physical feature.

LanguagesEnglish is the official language, Chichewa is the national language. Other widely spoken languages are Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe and Sena.

Population: 13.2 million (2008 census)

Christian 80 per cent, Muslim 13 per cent, other 3 per cent, none 4 per cent (1998 census).

So much more to see and do in the Warm Heart of Africa

WELCOME to Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. In many ways, it is also the genuinely friendly, safe and undiscovered heart of Africa – an almost off-the-radar, small and exclusive destination that is just that little bit different from its better-known neighbours.

It’s a place where tourists seem to be travelers. Typically, they are visitors who already know Africa but now seek a more varied and altogether broader experience. In fact, Malawi’s unique selling point is the sheer variety of things to see and do in a comparatively confined area – with more in the pipeline. 

Although Malawi has no lack of reasonably priced game parks and reserves (there are nine, in fact) with a wide range of species, climates and topographies as well as great birdwatching, the country does not consider itself an out-and-out wildlife viewing safari destination. It is certainly not the principal reason why visitors come. Nevertheless, Malawi’s parks are growing in popularity – as the number of newly built camps and smart lodges will testify – and overall animal and visitor numbers are increasing as a result of efforts by the Department of National Parks & Wildlife and those working closely with the DNPW.

Perhaps like no other nation, Malawi is dominated by a lake. In fact, Lake Malawi, the third-largest in Africa, covers an impressive 20 per cent of the country’s total surface area. It is thought to contain more species of fish – many of them endemic – than any other body of water on Earth.


The main attractions of Lake Malawi are its discreet island hideaway properties, its surprisingly classy lakeside lodges, and the great opportunities to dive, snorkel, kayak, sail and swim in its delightfully warm and crystal-clear waters. Away from the lake, visitors are attracted by walking and climbing – especially in the Mulanje Massif, with its soaring peaks of up to 3,000 metres, where climbers will find excellent facilities including a team of willing porters. Visitors can also go horse riding (even within Nyika National Park) and mountain biking.

The Shire Highlands area around Mulanje is at the heart of Malawi’s famous tea-growing region. Both Mulange and Thyolo have tea plantations featuring restored colonial estate houses where guests are treated to old-style service and delicious home cooking.
Then there is the cultural life, which has a higher profile in Malawi than in many other African destinations. Most itineraries drawn up by tour operators will include some aspect of the local culture – the cuisine, the ceremonies and the lifestyle – with opportunities to interact with local people.

In terms of getting around, the national road network has been greatly improved. Journey times have been shortened between Lake Malawi and both Lilongwe and Blantyre as well as to and from the main parks and reserves. This has made itinerary planning more certain, allowing tour operators to intensify trips in terms of what to see and do.

Nevertheless, getting to Malawi remains a little complicated because there are no direct flights from either Lilongwe or Blantyre to Europe or other destinations beyond Africa. Most visitors will be routed via Africa’s two main airport hubs, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

Lilongwe and Blantyre, the commercial centre of Malawi, are both easy to get around. The newly developed area of Lilongwe, just north of the Old Town, has been thoughtfully laid out and will soon boast the country’s first five-star hotel, now under construction alongside the recently completed and imposing new parliament building. Blantyre also has many fine hotels, geared largely to business visitors.

Whether one is arriving as a tourist or travelling on business, Malawi is a place that visitors always want to return to; and for those posted to Malawi from overseas, it is a place they don’t ever seem to want to leave.


Lake Malawi   "Lake of a thousand shinning Stars"
Stunning views, excellent diving and fun sailing trips – Lake Malawi has it all

Lake Malawi is one of several impressive lakes that run more or less the length of the Great Rift Valley. It is Africa’s third-largest lake (after Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika) as well as being the second-deepest in Africa and the eighth-largest in the world.
The lake stretches for over 580 km from north to south and is 75 km across at its widest point. Occupying about 20 per cent of the total surface area of Malawi, the lake covers an area of 29,600 sq km, most of which is located within the State of Malawi.


Lake Malawi dominates life across much of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawians. It is a bountiful supplier of fish, with trawlers of up to 17.5 metres in length working its waters, while many small boats also go out each day in search of fish from villages along the lake. The lake contains more species of fish than any other comparable body of water on Earth.

Dotted along the western shore is an assortment of small resorts as well as the occasional campsite or isolated lodge. These stretch from Karonga in the far north, close to the Tanzania border, to the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge (venue for the annual Lake of Stars event) in the south and beyond to the Nkopola Leisure Centre & Campsite just before Mangochi. With soft, sandy beaches lapped by the tropical waters of the lake and shaded by majestic palms, these properties could easily be at the ocean’s edge rather than on an inland sea. Other hideaway lodges are perched on small islands out in the lake that can only reached by boat or canoe.

As well as lazing on Lake Malawi’s idyllic beaches or secreting themselves away on a rocky island, visitors can enjoy the lake to its fullest. Thanks to the huge array of species in this freshwater lake, the snorkelling and diving is virtually without equal in Africa. Visitors can also go sailing, either in small boats or even overnighting in a large catamaran.

The lake has its own national park, covering just 94 sq km, in a stunningly beautiful location at Cape Maclear. The park was created to protect the lake’s endemic fish species and is Malawi’s only Unesco World Heritage Site. This area was a favourite with the explorer David Livingstone and the graves of five early European missionaries can be found in the park.

For those with some time on their hands, one of the truly delightful and mildly adventurous ways to see the lake is to take a trip on the venerable 1949-built ferry ‘Ilala’. The vessel leaves Monkey Bay in the far south of lake each Friday at 10.00 and heads north, making 11 stops (including two in Mozambique) before returning to Monkey Bay the following Wednesday. The ferry has two grades of cabins and is truly an experience to enjoy and savour. Passengers can choose to buy voyage segments from the vessel’s regular round-trip itinerary rather than staying on board for the full six-day trip.


For more information, please contact:


Malawi Department of Tourism 
Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Culture 
Tourism House, Off Convention Drive 
Private Bag 326, Lilongwe 3 
Tel: +265 1 775 499; 772 702
Fax: +265 1 775 4943 



(eTN) - The government of Malawi and Ethiopian Airlines finalized the creation of a new national airline in the Southern African country, called Malawian Airlines.

According to information from Addis Ababa, the government of Malawi holds 51% of the shares in new carrier, and Ethiopian Airlines holds 49%.

Negotiations had been ongoing for a while and, as previously reported, Malawi’s government sought a strategic investor after the financial collapse of Air Malawi, to creatate professionally managed new national airline supported by a strong partner. After ASKY in West Africa, Malawian Airlines will be the second such joint venture, as Ethiopian seeks to assert their continental leadership through both direct expansion across Africa and through strategic partnerships, which can help feed extra traffic into ET’s long haul network and in turn benefit from ‘de-feeding’ Ethiopian’s traffic to the respective countries into the near region.

Welcome to Malawi

The Warm Heart of Africa is beating faster now and the legendary welcome is there for all who wish to experience the unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife in one of Africa's most beautiful countries. Malawi is like none other in Africa: small, yet with an immense diversitry of scenery and a vast inland sea.

By using the side navigation bar, you will be able to find out about Malawi's numerous attractions, as well as details of places to stay and things to do. The site is still being developed.

If you have any queries, or would like a comprehensive, FREE tourism information pack on Malawi sent to you by post, please contact our Tourism Information Office in the UK:

Tel: +44 (0)115 982 1903

Fax: +44 (0)115 981 9418

Email: mail@malawitourism.com

Mailing Address:

c/o Geo Group & Associates, 4 Christian Fields, London, SW16 3JZ

After the most successful year for tourism in the country's history,
Malawi has been crowned runner-up in the 2013 Safari Awards "Best 
Africa Tourist Board" category - beaten only by Kenya who boast a 
marketing budget 40o times greater than that of Malawi.

For further information on Malawi Tourism
Contact Kelly White on 44 (0)1159727250