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The African nation of Malawi hosts an unparalleled blend of magnificent blue waters, rolling landscapes, lush forests and abundant wildlife. It lies within the Great African Rift Valley, with the famous Lake Malawi as its centerpiece. It boasts breathtakingly clear waters, palm trimmed beaches and a variety of over 600 species of fish unequalled anywhere else in the world.

With a variety of accommodation – from budget to five-star – it’s a popular destination for backpackers and more upmarket travelers alike. Lake Malawi National Park, located at the southern end of Lake Malawi, is the only national park in the country that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats.

Despite this, it is home to other life such as baboons and a large baobab tree, claimed to be over 800 years old. This unique masterpiece was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  • Although Chichewa is the official and most commonly spoken language in the country, English is also used in business and in the country’s government.
  • Scottish explorer David Livingstone called Lake Malawi ‘the lake of the stars’ because of how the lantern lights from fishermen’s boats resembled the night sky.
  • The earliest human settlements in the country date back to 50,000-60,000 years ago according to rock paintings found outside the capital of Lilongwe.
  • It is is the only country outside of Denmark to have a Carlsberg factory – meaning Carlsberg beer is very cheap!
  • Lake Malawi has the nickname ‘calendar lake’ because it is 360 miles long and 52 miles wide!
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