This is an invaluable guide for visitors to this most explorable, affordable, and tranquil of African countries, whether discovering little-visited mountains, forests and game reserves, or relaxing by the main attraction of Lake Malawi. Philip Briggs and his updater, Mary-Anne Bartlett, provide readers with advice on planning their itinerary, wildlife and bird species identification, conservation areas, national parks, and a detailed history of the country.
*The best wildlife-viewing opportunities
*Local travel networks, maps, and town plans
*Focus on independent travelers' needs, including health and safety and local language
*Exploring on and around Lake Malawi
About the Author
Philip Briggs, Bradt's Africa expert, is the author of five other Bradt guides--Ethiopia, Ghana, Northern Tanzania, Tanzania, and Uganda--and coauthor of Bradt's Mozambique and Rwanda. He lives in Johannesburg. Mary-Anne Bartlett is an artist and tour operator specializing in Malawi.
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'The Land of the Lake', 'The Warm Heart of Africa', 'Africa for Beginners'¿Malawi certainly attracts its share of snappy phrases, and these three sum up much of what makes this small African country so well liked by all who visit it. Few countries are so dominated by a single geographical features as the Land of the Lake. Lake Malawi follows the dramatic contours of the Great Rift Valley for a distance of 585km; it is up to 100km wide in parts, and it covers more than 15% of Malawi's surface area. Enclosed by sheer mountains and edged by seemingly endless palm-fringed sandy beaches, Lake Malawi is the most beautiful of Africa's great lakes, and the indisputable focal point of Malawi's tourist industry.
There is much truth in the phrase 'The Warm Heart of Africa'. Not only do the climate and lush vegetation of the lakeshore conform effortlessly to every stereotype image of tropical Africa, but the people of Malawi exude a warmth and friendliness that make most visitors feel instantly at home. Malawi may well be the most laid-back nation on earth.
And 'Africa for Beginners'? Well, certainly, Malawi would lie near the top of any list of African countries I'd recommend to a nervous novice traveller.
Table of Contents
(1) Background and History (2) The Natural World (3) Planning and Preparation (4) Health (5) Traveling in Malawi (6) Lilongwe (7) The MI between Lilongwe and Mzuzu (8) Mzuzu, Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve (9) Livingstonia and the Northern Lakeshore (10) The Lakeshore from Nkhotakota to Nkhata Bay (11) The Lake Ferry and the Islands (12) The Lakeshore around Salima (13) Dedza and Surrounds (14) The Lakeshore from Mangochi to Cape Maclear (15) Liwonde, Zomba and Surrounds (16) Blantyre (17) Thyolo and Mulanje (18) The Shire Valley (19) Language (20) Further Reading