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Welcome to Malawi

A warm welcome awaits

Welcome to Destination Malawi, the Department of Tourism’s official guide to Malawi - the Warm Heart of Africa.

As Malawians, we take tremendous pride in making every visitor feel special and it’s the reason why so many of those who come to our country vow to return. Our destination is rich in contrast, compact in size and big in hospitality.

Jewel in the Crown

Malawi is a nation of many attractions, but our unsurpassed jewel in the crown is, of course, Lake Malawi. This is our inland sea. It’s Africa’s second-deepest lake – an expanse of water that covers some 29,600 sq km – and contains nearly 1,000 species of cichlid, many of which are endemic. Traditionally, the lake has been a much-used artery for trade, commerce and travel, a plentiful source of food and, in more recent times, a key focus for tourism.

I am delighted to report that our game parks, forest reserves and wildlife areas are making a dramatic return to full health as, indeed, they have been for many years now. To this effect, the Malawi Government-African Parks successful public private partnership in Majete Wildlife Reserve has been extended to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park.

Cycling in Malawi

But Malawi has more than just a lake and wildlife. We have impressive mountain ranges (the highest in Central Africa), wetlands with rare species of birds, carefully cultivated tea estates, some of the world’s best mountain biking, top-class conference facilities, a fast-growing national airline and even our own gin. Not to mention what’s on offer in our four cities, the administrative capital Lilongwe and the commercial hub of Blantyre as well as Mzuzu and Zomba.Issac D. Katopola

Moreover, I firmly believe we have a superb range of accommodation in a variety of locations, from luxury lakeside, eco-friendly lodges, historic plantation houses and honeymoon retreats to city centre hotels geared to business travellers.

In short, a warm welcome awaits in the warm heart of Africa. Or as we say in Chichewa: Mwalandiridwa ku Malawi.

Isaac D. Katopola
Director of Tourism

  • Warm Malawi welcome
  • Perfect for diving
  • Amazing fish