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to Malawi



to Malati

"the warm heart

Welcome to Malawi 2
History and Culture 3
Lake Malawi 4
Cape Maclear 6
Nyika and the North 7
Vwaza and Nkhotakota 8
Kasungu 9
Liwonde 10
Zomba Plateau 11
Mount Mulanje & Thyolo 12
Majete and Lengwe 13
Flowers and 14
Fishing, Sailing and 15
The Towns and Cities 16
What you need to know 17
Where to stay 18
Contacts & Reservations 19

The Great Rift Valley of Africa has long been
recognized as the cradle of mankind, a veritable
Garden of Eden. If there is one country that
embodies the Rift Valley, with mountain plateaux
carpeted in rolling grassland, spectacular steep
escarpments and valleys and, above all, the
southernmost and greatest of all the chain of lakes
- that country is Malawi.

For Malawi is landlocked only in that it borders no
ocean. Shaped like a tall African shield, the
country follows the western and southern shores
of the 580km long Lake Malawi, which dominates
and enriches every aspect of its life.

As the Lake forms the heart of Malawi, so Malawi
itself is known as the warm heart of Africa. From
earliest times the country has welcomed visitors.
Today, we welcome you to visit our lake, our
scenery, our wildlife and our people. And today, it
is so easy to come here. Intercontinental and
regional airlines offer regular services to Lilongwe
International Airport. From there, flights can be
made to Blantyre in the south, Club Makokola on
the Lake and Mzuzu and Karonga in the north.
There are also direct flights between Blantyre and
Johannesburg and Blantyre and Harare.

To make your stay relaxed and comfortable, there
are first-class modern hotels, lake resorts and
lodges in the game reserves, as well as clean and
simple accommodation in the more remote areas.
There is a road network of some 12,000km, with
good tarred roads linking all the main centres,

including one running the length of the Country
from Karonga in the north to Bangula in the south.
The many untarred roads provide ready access to
most other places of interest, although some are
more suitable for 4x4 vehicles in the rainy season
from November to April. Car-hire is readily
available in the main centres and at the
international airports.

But which of our many attractions to experience?
The variety of terrain is unparalleled, from the
alpine meadow beauty of the Nyika Plateau to the
forested Viphya mountains and the fertile tropical
lowlands of the Shire valley. And, of course, the
ever-present Lake, providing an endless source of
leisure pursuits and relaxation, game fishing,
sailing, watersports or just lazing, as one should
on holiday, on a perfect beach.

The very diversity of the countryside means that
Malawi supports an unusual number of bird species
as well as a veritable treasure trove of wild orchids
and other beautiful mountain and tropical plants.
The five national parks and other game reserves
affirm Malawi's dedication to conservation, and
offer you the chance to take a safari off the all-too-
well beaten track, to feel more at one with Nature.

But what you will appreciate most about our
Country is ourselves. We Malawians live in a gentle,
peaceful country of which we are very proud.
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to welcome
visitors to share some time with us. This is why
people call our country "the warm heart of Africa".


and Culture

The first Malawians to leave traces of their lives
were knappers of sturdy stone axes, cleavers and
scrapers in the Early Stone Age, about 100,000
years ago. Later they extended their skills to
imaginative rock paintings like those you can see
at Chencherere. They were much like the Khoi-San
of the Kalahari desert, and tradition records them
as the Batwa, or Little People. When they
encountered each other, the question "Where did
you see me?" was invariably answered, with
studied courtesy, "I saw you from far off".

From the third century AD modern African
peoples brought a knowledge of iron-working,
farming and fishing, colonising the lakeshore in
settled villages. The largest group of people in
Malawi, the Chewa, founded the important Maravi
empire at the southern end of the Lake in the
sixteenth century. They traded with the
Portuguese on the coast and even supplied
mercenary warriors for their military campaigns.
The Yao built an empire, based around the area of
Blantyre and Zomba, trading with the Swahili up
the East African coast in ivory, skins and copper.
Later, sadly but perhaps inevitably, this trade
extended to slaves.

In the nineteenth century the Ngoni, relatives of
the fierce Zulu warriors, swept up into Malawi but
soon became settled in this peaceful land. At the
same time, the Swahili themselves set up on the
shores of the Lake, and established links as far as
the Omani Arabs in Zanzibar. Indeed Malawi is
today the southernmost outpost of Africa where
the KiSwahili language may be heard and where
Swahili culture has had a major influence.

The course of Malawian history was to change
when the Scottish explorer and missionary, David
Livingstone, was thwarted by the Cabora Bassa
rapids on his journey down the Zambezi in 1859.
He turned his small steamer, the Ma Robert, north
up a tributary, the Shire River, and it led him to
his first sight of the fabled lake of which he had
heard report, Lake Malawi. Greatly impressed by
what he had seen, he returned two years later to
what he called 'The Lake of Stars'.

The Livingstonia Mission, founded in his memory
originally at Cape Maclear, finally settled in 1894 at
the northern end of the Lake in an area of

outstanding natural beauty even by Malawian
standards. Further missions were founded at what
was to be the city of Blantyre and on Likoma Island.

The twentieth century saw the successful
conclusion of the fight against the slave trade, the
burgeoning of cotton and tobacco plantations,
and of the African smallholder farming that is now
a mainstay of the economy. At the same time
African political aspirations grew, and Malawi
achieved independence within the Commonwealth
in 1964, when Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda became
the first Prime Minister. Following the realisation
of multi-party democracy in Spring 1994, the
general election was won by the new President
Bakili Muluzi.

In Malawi, we have always nurtured a love of the
traditional music and dance that visitors can
experience today in every town and village -
intricate wedding dances, the thrilling beat of
drums, or lively military dances, like the famous
Ingoma of Mzimba, celebrating great victories of
the past. The dancers are often arrayed in
magnificent wooden masks, like the highly
coloured Nyau masks adorned with feathers.
These make souvenirs to treasure, as do the
carved boards and counters for bao, a game
somewhere between backgammon and mah jong
which is played almost universally in Malawi with
great enthusiasm and astonishing speed. But
above all our culture reflects the natural courtesy
and friendliness that will receive you everywhere
you go in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa.

"I saw you from
far off"


The Lake of Stars

The greatest of the chain of lakes that extend
down the ancient floor of the African Rift Valley,
Lake Malawi is one of the world's living treasures. It
forms an inland sea, a sea of tranquillity, yet a sea
that is always in motion. A myriad sequinned fish
dart beneath its surface, tracked by the vigilant
eyes of proud fish eagles and extravagantly painted
kingfishers. Here, patient fishermen manoeuvre
their canoes and practise their consummate skills
to ensnare the succulent chambo and usipa in nets
made from the fibres of local plants.

At dawn and at the day's close the Lake becomes
a fractured mirror of all the subtle and luminous

colours that attend the passage of the sun. The
shimmering splinters of light reflect the heavens
themselves, the miraculous arc that forms the
Milky Way. Lake Malawi is transformed into David
Livingstone's Lake of Stars.

Step back from the waters and you are on the
beach of your dreams, encircled by supple palm
trees in a setting of craggy scarps and emerald-
clad hills. Listen. The gentle lapping of waves on
sand and the feathering of palm fronds in the
fingers of the breeze are punctuated only by the
distant laughter of children. This is the world of
perfect holidays.

"this is the world
of perfect holidays"




on a Cruise to Remember

Whether you crew your own yacht or take the
steamships Ilala II or Mtendere or follow the
coastal roads on land you'll find no finer way to
appreciate the unfolding beauty of Malawi than
following the Lake coastline.
The North of the Lake to Chintheche Inn -
dramatic scenery and perfect beaches
The northern stretch of Lake Malawi boasts some
of the most spectacular views in Africa, as the
Viphya and Livingstonia Escarpments rise from the
floor of the Great Rift Valley in awe-inspiring
majesty. Following the shoreline south, you pass
the mission station of Livingstonia high up on the
Khondowe Plateau, where the historic Mission is
still thriving with a resthouse for guests. Here too
the mighty Manchewe Falls plunge some 70 metres
over a precipice before debouching into the Lake.
South of Usisya, the lake bed falls away to its
greatest depth of 704 metres, which is 230 metres
below sea level. Surrounding the port of Nkhata Bay
sweeping sandy beaches alternate with
unsuspected rocky coves only visible from the Lake.
Chintheche Inn lies in a sparkling curve of white
sand beach tempting you equally towards the
verdant hinterland and the azure waters of the Lake.
Likoma Island a gothic cathedral
Track the Ilala now across the Lake to Likoma
Island, off the coast of Mozambique. Here, time
seems to have stood still for more than a century,
since the building of what is an inspirational
African masterpiece of vaulting gothic
architecture, St Peter's Cathedral.
Nkhotakota to the Livingstonia Beach
Hotel fishing villages and a centre
for watersports
Crossing the Lake again transports you to the
bustling market town of Nkhotakota, probably the
largest traditional African settlement south of the
equator, where busy trading houses surround a
serene mosque. Further down, the Lake narrows
to form a natural crossing point for dhows and a
base for the pirogues that venture out from
picturesque fishing villages to net usipa, or lake
whitebait, which the fisherman lure at night with
burning torches. South of Senga Bay, the
Livingstonia Beach Hotel is built on one of the
Lake's finest long beaches, perfect for all manner
of watersports.
Lake Malawi Marine Park a World
Heritage Site
To the south-east a narrow peninsula thrusts up
into the centre of the Lake. At its point, Cape
Maclear commands unsurpassed views across the

water for a full 2700, and gravestone inscriptions
remind you that the first Livingstonia Mission was
founded here in 1875. A century later in 1980, an
area comprising the peninsula, a number of small
islands and the waters surrounding them, was
established as a national park, the first fully
protected freshwater reserve in the world. Lake
Malawi Marine Park has been declared a World
Heritage Site, testimony to Malawi's status as an
international leader in wildlife conservation.

The South of the Lake, Nkopola Lodge and
Club Maokoola Waterskiing, Yachting,
Angling, Birdwatching and Exploring
The harbour of Monkey Bay nestles into a ring of
hills on the east shore of the peninsula, the home
port of the Ilala II. Further on, before you reach
the southernmost point of the Lake, where it flows
into the Upper Shire River en route to the mighty
Zambezi, are two more centres for the watersports
for which Lake Malawi is renowned. At either
Nkopola Lodge or Club Makokola you can vary the
excitement of waterskiing or yachting with a little
gentle angling, birdwatching or exploration of the
hills, coves and islands. However you spend your
day, you can look forward to sharing some of the
finest freshwater cuisine, by our enchanted Lake
of Stars.

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Animal Checklist
Cape Clawless Otter
Burchell's Zebra
Grey Duiker
Chacma Baboon
Blue Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)

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and Lake Malawi Marine Park


Lake Malawi Marine Park was established at
the southern end of the Lake to protect the
unique diversity of tropical fish living here -
here and nowhere else on earth. The setting is
well-nigh perfect, with the tree-clad hills of
the Nankhumba Peninsula forming the
centrepiece of a miniature archipelago of
twelve islands.

The range of habitats, from rocky islands and coves
to sandy bays, watermeadows and swamps, has
resulted in an extraordinary concentration of
different species of plants, animals and birds, quite
aside from the five hundred kinds of fish which
make up a living showcase of precious gems. Many
of the most beautiful are species of mbuna, or
cichlids, while the handsome ncheni, or tiger fish,
also represents a challenge for the most
experienced angler. Lake Malawi is a place where
you can focus on the rare delights of monitor lizards
making their archaic way through the undergrowth,
of otters gambolling in the shimmering waves, of
fish eagles and herons, cormorants and kingfishers
displaying their many and wondrous skills in
plundering the riches of the waters.

By road: from Blantyre (270km), tarred road via Liwonde
and Mangochi as far as Monkey Bay. From Lilongwe (245km),
by tarred road to Salima, turning right south via Mtakataka
to the Mua turning to the Mangochi-Monkey Bay road.

By boat: from Chipoka (south of Salima) and ports further

By air: Air Malawi to airstrip at Club Makokola or private
aircraft to Monkey Bay.


and the North


There is something that appeals directly to the soul
in the mountains and high places of the world,
nowhere more so than along the escarpments that
border the African Rift Valley. For here, as your eyes
trace the far horizons over billowing grasslands and
pockets of emerald rainforest tucked into the
hillsides, you are conscious of standing in the
footprints of the very first men on earth.

The Nyika Plateau is just such a place, and no
lover of unspoilt wilderness should forego the
chance to visit this rare haven of montane animals,
birds and wild plants. At a height of two thousand
metres it stands sentinel over the northern
reaches of Lake Malawi, creating at its eastern
edge a window in the sky that opens across the
Lake to the distant hills of Tanzania. The largest of
our parks, Nyika National Park protects the
plateau and its wildlife, and to feel closest to
nature here is to trek on horseback, watching
game from the saddle by day and camping under
the African stars at night. Herds of eland, majestic
and powerful yet somehow able to melt into the
landscape, graze the open grasslands alongside
zebra, roan antelope and graceful reedbuck.
Cranes and bustards stalk the grass under the
watchful eyes of ravens cartwheeling in the sky.

But it is perhaps the flora that provides Nyika's
greatest glory. Among the swathes of helichrysum
and alpines that carpet the high grassland are
found seemingly countless species of terrestrial
orchids. Exquisite disas nod by the side of
tumbling streams, epiphytic orchids illuminate the
evergreen forest groves while aloes and proteas
grace the lower slopes.

By road: from Lilongwe (507km) and Blantyre (854km), tarred
road to Mzuzu and Rumphi, then 59km west on untarred road
towards Katumbi, turning off right to the Park. The Thazima
Gate entrance is 8km from the junction, and the main camp at
Chilinda 56km further. 4x4 recommended November-April,
although the road is well maintained throughout the year.

By air: airstrip at Chilinda for light aircraft.

The Northern

The Northern Highlands is the least explored
region of Malawi, and the least spoilt in a country
distinguished by its unspoilt beauty. The drive
across the Viphya Plateau gives you a taste of
what is in store: vistas of pine forest and
rainforest, glimpses of distant mountain peaks,
invigorating mountain air.

Beyond Mzuzu, the gateway to the north, the road
becomes a dramatic corniche offering ever more
glorious views until it reaches Livingstonia, on the
high Khondowe Plateau, where the famous Mission
provides the hospitality of a simple resthouse. Just
a little further on takes you to the magnificent,
seventy-metre Manchewe Falls. The road east from
Mzuzu leads through generously fertile land down
to Nkhata Bay on the lakeshore and thence to the
brilliant white sand beach at Chintheche.

Animal Checklist
Leopard, Serval, Caracal
Civet, Genet, Mongoose
Cape Clawless Otter
Honey Badger,
Spotted Hyaena
Side-striped Jackal
Burchell's Zebra
Bushpig, Warthog,
Bushbuck, Blue Duiker
Grey Duiker, Eland
Lichtenstein's Hartebeest
Klipspringer, Kudu
Puku, Reedbuck
Roan Antelope
Chacma Baboon
Blue Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)


Game Reserve

Animal Checklist
Lion, Leopard, Civet,
Mongoose, Honey Badger,
Spotted Hyaena,
Cape HuntingDog,
Burchell's Zebra, Bushpig,
Warthog, Buffalo,
Bushbuck, Grey Duiker,
Eland, Grysbok,
Lichtenstein's Hartebeest
Impala, Klipspringer,
Kudu, Puku, Reedbuck,
Roan Antelope, Sable
Antelope, Waterbuck,
Chacma Baboon, Vervet
Monkey, Aardvark,
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)

Animal Checklist
Lion, Leopard, Civet,
Mongoose, Cape Clawless
Otter, Spotted Hyaena,
Cape Hunting Dog,
Elephant, Burchell's
Zebra, Bushpig, Warthog,
Buffalo, Bushbuck,
Grey Duiker, Eland,
Grysbok, Lichtenstein's
Hartebeest, Klipspringer,
Kudu, Reedbuck,
Roan Antelope, Sable
Antelope, Waterbuck,
Chacma Baboon, Blue
Monkey, Vervet Monkey,


South-west of the Nyika Plateau the floodplains of
the South Rukuru River present a complete
contrast. The flat alluvial land supports riverine
forest, rich grassland and marsh vegetation, as
well as patches of mopane, brachystegia and
combretum woodland, and hilly terrain to the east.
In the north of the floodplains lies the Vwaza
Marsh Game Reserve, where the varied habitat is
the reason why you can encounter here an
extraordinarily rich diversity of animals and birds.
Many kinds of buck, each adapted to grazing or
browsing different vegetation, form the prey for
both lion and leopard. The birdlife includes
Openbill Storks, Goliath Herons, an impressive list
of birds of prey and the rare White-winged Starling.

By Road: from Lilongwe (469km) and Blantyre (816km) via the
tarred road to Mzuzu and Rumphi, then 10km on the untarred
road towards Katumbi before turning left on to the Euthini road.
Just before the South Rukuru road bridge turn right into the
Reserve close to Kazuni Camp. Another entrance at Kawiya
Camp can be accessed from Katumbi. 4x4 vehicles
recommended during rains.
By air: airstrip at Katumbi (7km from Kawiya) for light aircraft.


Wildlife Reserve


Magnificently sited on the top of the Rift Valley
escarpment above the Lake, Nkhotakota Wildlife
Reserve is the oldest established reserve in
Malawi. This is a landscape of crags and gorges, of
tumbling streams, of open miombo woodland and
dense tropical rainforest. The Bua River spills over
impressive waterfalls on its course down to the
Lake, and provides excellent angling (permits
required) for mpasa, or Lake Salmon, for which it
is an important spawning ground. There are no
open plains, but elephant and buffalo, lion,
leopard and hyaena are all found here, as are
zebra and many different kinds of buck.
Birdwatching is especially rewarding with more
than 300 species recorded, including Pel's Fishing
Owl and Palmnut Vulture in the riverine woodland,
and Moustached Green Tinkerbird and Wattle-
eyed Flycatcher in the evergreen rainforest.

By road: from Lilongwe (115km) and Blantyre (462km), tarred
road north towards Kasungu from Lilongwe for 25km, then right on
the untarred road through Ntchisi to the Reserve to Nkhotakota on
the lakeshore. Or via the road from the south to Nkhotakota, then
the road towards Ntchisi. For the Bua campsite, tarred road north
from Nkhotakota for 12km then untarred track to the left.

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National Pari


There can be no creature that better epitomises
the African bush, or that inspires more awe, than
the elephant, and it is to witness the spectacle of
herds of elephant that visitors come to Kasungu.
For here these animals thrive in the largest
concentrations in Malawi.

Kasungu, the second largest national park in
Malawi, was once known as a forest park, but for
most people the word forest conveys a picture of
tall, densely packed trees, even a jungle. This is
far from reality in Kasungu, where the open
miombo woodland clothes a gently rolling terrain
interspersed by open patches of marshy dambos,
which flood during the summer rains. These
dambos, which act as waterholes, attract a variety
of game to drink and provide the focus for flocks
of many different species of birds.

Several rivers cut across the park, of which the most
important are the Dwangwa and the Lingadzi, whose
tributary, the Lifupa, is dammed at Lifupa Lodge to

create probably the best place of all for watching
animals, especially at first light and towards dusk.
Besides the famous elephant, Kasungu boasts a
good variety of buck, including sable, roan and kudu,
as well as buffalo and zebra. Predators are present,
although they are less commonly observed.

By road: from Lilongwe (165km) and Blantyre (512km), tarred
road north towards Kasungu town, turn left just before town
on the untarred road through Linga for 38km to Park entrance
and a further 14km to Lifupa Lodge.
By air: airstrip at Lifupa for light aircraft.

"no creature
inspires more awe
than the elephant"

Animal Checklist

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah,
Genet, Mongoose,
Spotted Hyaena,
Cape Hunting Dog,
Honey Badger, Elephant,
Burchell's Zebra,
Bushpig, Warthog,
Buffalo, Bushbuck, Grey
Duiker, Eland, Grysbok,
Impala, Lichtenstein's
Hartebeest, Klipspringer,
Kudu, Oribi, Puku,
Reedbuck, Roan Antelope,
Sable Antelope,
Waterbuck, Chacma
Baboon, Vervet Monkey,
Porcupine, Aardvark,
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)

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Animal Checklist
Lion, Leopard, Civet,
Genet, African Wild Cat,
Cape Clawless Otter,
Spotted Hyaena,
Honey Badger,
Side-striped Jackal,
Elephant, Hippopotamus,
Bushpig, Warthog,
Bushbuck, Grey Duiker,
Grysbok, Impala,
Klipspringer, Kudu, Oribi,
Reedbuck, Sable Antelope,
Waterbuck, Chacma
Baboon, Vervet Monkey,
Porcupine, Pangolin,
Aardvark, Crocodile

The Shire River (pronounced 'Shirree', a Malawian
word) is the tributary of the Zambezi into which
Livingstone turned in 1859. Liwonde National Park
lies on the banks of the upper Shire, bordering Lake
Malombe to the north and encompassing a
considerable area east of the river, containing
diverse habitats such as riverine swamp,
deciduous woodland, open grassland and, on the
higher ground, stretches of mopane woodland.

The animals and birds too recall the exuberant
wildlife of the Zambezi and Okavango. The main
camp, magnificently sited under a canopy of
ancient trees on the east bank of the Shire, is
called Mvuu, a wonderful word, meaning
hippopotamus, that imitates the sound, so
evocative of Africa, of hippos calling to each other
in the water. There are, of course, many hippo, but

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also elephant, crocodile, lion and leopard. The bird
specialities include Pel's Fishing Owl, Boehm's Bee-
eater and a beautiful small member of the parrot
family, the near-endemic Lilian's Lovebird.

Liwonde is at its most pleasant between June and
August, although later in the dry season up to
November both game and birdwatching improve.
A leisurely boat safari upriver into Lake Malombe
is delightful at any time.

By road: from Lilongwe (236km) or Blantyre (123km), tarred
main road between the two, turning east just south of Liwonde
town on tarred road to crossroads where turn right then left for
3km. Then untarred road leading north across a railway line and
into the park. 4x4 recommended during rains.
By boat: upstream from Liwonde barrage or Kudya, or
downstream from Lake Malombe by prior arrangement with
the Park management.
By air: airstrip at Mvuu Camp for light aircraft.

"the sound,
so evocative
of hippos calling"



Were the Zomba Plateau in India, it would surely
have become a hill station, a languid but civilized
retreat from the summer heat. For the plateau,
which stands 900 metres above the city of Zomba,
enjoys a temperate climate and is clothed in verdant
grassland and evergreen forest. This impression is
heightened by the names of two of the vantage
points: Emperor's View the Emperor is Haile
Selassie of Ethiopia and Queen's View Queen
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of England. The latter
offers perhaps the finest views of all, to the east over
Lake Chilwa to Mozambique and to the south-east
towards the great granite massif of Mount Mulanje.

The ascent to the Plateau's rim takes you to the
charming Ku Chawe Inn, where you can look down,
over a refreshing MGT (Malawi Gin and Tonic), on
what seems like all of Africa mapped out beneath
you. Here you can try a little horseriding, or

casting your fly to entice one of the fine trout that
abound in the rippling mountain streams.

This magical plateau has much to offer the
naturalist too. There are leopard, blue monkeys
and various different mountain buck, but the
greatest pleasures are afforded by the smaller
creatures, montane forest birds like the Thyolo
Alethe and Black-headed Apalis, and butterflies.
And above all by the plants. The forest is adorned
with fascinating tree ferns and lichens and by many
species of epiphytic orchids, such as the colourful
Polystachyas, of which several are found only in
Malawi and at least one only here. At the foot of the
plateau are the Botanical Gardens where you can
examine much of the diverse flora of Malawi.
By road: from Lilongwe (290km) tarred main road south via
Liwonde to Zomba. From Blantyre (70km) the main tarred oad
east to Limbe, then north to Zomba, from where a signposted
narrow road to the north-west leads up to the plateau.

"a languid retreat
from the
summer heat"


Forest Reserve & Thyolo

Mount Mulanje is an isolated granite massif rising
a thousand metres above the surrounding
countryside, with its highest peak, Sapitwa,
3,002 metres above sea level, making it the highest
mountain in Central Africa. Covering an area of
more than 1,000km2 it is intersected by vertiginous
gorges as well as broader ravines, such as the Fort

Lister Gap that separates the wind-sculptured
Mount Michesi in the north from the main part of
the massif. The fort itself, whose ruins at the
western end of the pass still survive, is one of two
built by the British at the end of the nineteenth
century which successfully severed the infamous
slave route into the then Portuguese
Mozambique. Mount Mulanje itself comprises
broad heather-clad saddles, punctuated by
stands of aromatic Mulanje Cedars, and dense
tropical rainforest compressed into steep gullies,
all surmounted by great domes of bare granite
which offer the serious climber several
challenging routes, like the direttissimo up the
west face of Chambe Peak. Below the domes, the
many streams that cross the rolling uplands
tumble over spectacular waterfalls, providing
ramblers with endless pretexts for taking a
breather and appreciating the view.


By road: from Blantyre (80km) tarred main road to Limbe, then
south to Thyolo and Mulanje town.

As the Great Rift Valley is finally resolved at its
southernmost point, where the Shire River
successively meanders and tumbles towards the
great Zambezi River, it still imprints on the
countryside the contrasts and diversity that mark
its entire length.
South of Blantyre, the hillsides and valleys in the
Shire Highlands that form the eastern scarp are
carpeted with the intense green of tea plantations.
After any spell of warm rainfall the bushes burst
into new growth, and the delightful tableau
unfolds of colourfully attired pickers filling their
round woven baskets with the tender topmost
leaves. Thyolo (pronounced 'Cholo') and Mulanje
are the centres of tea growing, which was founded
here as far back as 1891 by Henry Brown, a
Blantyre Mission gardener. Malawian tea is widely
exported, and is very good indeed.



Game Reserves & Parks


Even before he reached the Lake of Stars, David
Livingstone must have felt that the beauty of the.
country along the Shire River was compensation
enough for having to abandon his voyage down
the Zambezi. The endless pageant of cataracts and
waterfalls in what is now Majete Game Reserve

*- -- _. : -


or-mde for the atrave- -Nyala a

range. The females are russet with thin vertical
stripes on a darker, purplish-brown coat, and
sport strong lyre-shaped horns. The Nyala
buffalo, while kudu and impala roam the
. -. :-.: : :.-.-.-- <. ., i 1

savannah, and bushbuck and the delicate little


Lengwe is unique in Malawi, as the open
deciduous woodland and dense thickets are
tailor-made for the attractive Nyala antelope,
here at the northern extremity of its limited
range. The females are russet with thin vertical
white stripes, while the bulls have fainter
stripes on a darker, purplish-brown coat, and
sport strong lyre-shaped horns. The Nyala
share the riverine woodland with herds of
buffalo, while kudu and impala roam the
savannah, and bushbuck and the delicate little
Livingstone's Suni live in the thickets with birds
like the aptly named Gorgeous Bush-shrike,
African Broadbill and Crested Guineafowl
(that's the rare one with the improbable Beatle

This is true wilderness Africa, and conducted
walks with game scouts can be arranged to hike
in the remote western areas, where sandstone
outcrops provide broad panoramas over
southern Malawi and Mozambique.

forced him to journey on to the Lake on foot, but
he will have seen in the dramatic scenery a
reflection of his own Scottish highlands, but on a
grander, African scale.

The focus of Majete is its eastern boundary, where
the Kapichira Falls, a tumbling, foaming cascade
on the Shire River is home to six species of
kingfisher and the rare and fascinating Rock
Pratincole. The river here also offers an exhilating
experience for anglers: tiger fish are named for
both their appearance and their fighting abilities.
Upstream of Kapichira are the Hamilt6n Falls and
Mpatamanga Rapids, just above the confluence of
the Shire and Mkurumadzi Rivers. Further north
again on the Shire is a site worthy of a royal picnic,
overlooking the spectacle of the river, compressed
between twin cliffs of rock, fairly exploding
through the Mpatamanga Gorge.

By road: from Blantyre (67km) and Lilongwe (414km) tarred
road south towards Chiromo; right turn past Chikwawa then
untarred road for 19km to the Reserve entrance. Reserve roads
closed in rainy season.

Animal Checklist
Leopard, Civet, Mongoose,
Spotted Hyaena,
Honey Badger, Elephant,
Burchell's Zebra,
Hippopotamus, Bushpig,
Warthog, Cape Buffalo,
Bushbuck, Grey Duiker,
Grysbok, Klipspringer,
Kudu, Livingstone's Suni,
Reedbuck, Sable
Antelope, Waterbuck,
Chacma Baboon
Blue Monkey, Porcupine,
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)


Animal Checklist
Leopard, Caracal, Serval,
African Wildcat, Civet,
Genet, Mongoose, Side-
striped Jackal, Spotted
Hyaena, Honey Badger,
Bushpig, Warthog, Cape
Buffalo, Bushbuck, Grey
Duiker, Grysbok, Impala,
Kudu, Livingstone's Suni,
Nyala, Reedbuck, Sable
Antelope, Chacma
Baboon, Blue Monkey,
Vervet Monkey, Rock
Dassie (Hyrax),
Porcupine, Aardvark


A -%f~jri


of Malawi

To any botanist Malawi means orchids. Scarcely
anywhere on earth boasts the variety of species -
many found nowhere else and of form and
adaptation to disparate environments. On the
high Viphya and Nyika plateaux are found
magnificent terrestrial orchids, like the various
high-altitude Satyrium species, while the cloud
forests and damp grassy slopes of Mount Mulanje
support many Disa and Platycoryne a striking
genus not even found in South Africa amid the
giant lobelias and unique aromatic Mulanje
cedars. However, you don't need to travel far to
see orchids: on the Zomba Plateau and Mount
Soche near Blantyre there are many terrestrial
and epiphytic species, like the delightful star
orchids, Cyrtorchis. C. praetermissa the name
means overlooked was not described till 1948,
though it is a common savanna orchid with waxy
white flowers and smells of lily-of-the-valley. Most
of these orchids flower during the rainy season.

But orchids are by no means the end of the story.
Who would not be captivated by the carpets of
alpine heather, decked with irises and golden


in Malawi

The Great Rift Valley is one of the most important
bird migration routes. The majority of seasonal
visitors join the Rift from Europe, having flown
across the Bosphorus, through Turkey and Syria,
down the Jordan Valley into Egypt and then down
the African coast of the Red Sea. At the Straits of
Hormuz they are joined by migrants from Central
Asia which include thousands of birds of prey. For
many of these birds the diverse habitats in Malawi
are their final goal; for others the Lake and
surrounding countryside offer welcome resting
places before the flight onward to South Africa.

But of the 645 species recorded in Malawi no less
than 530 probably breed, although many are
present only during the months of plentiful food,
that is from September to April, when several
assume their breeding plumage for the only time.
But birdwatching is exciting in Malawi at any time
of year, with such near endemics as Bar-tailed
Trogon (Nyika, Mount Mulanje), Lilian's Lovebird
(Liwonde), Boehm's Bee-eater (Liwonde, Lengwe)
and White-winged Starling (Vwaza Marsh).

Helichrysum, in the Northern Highlands? Or the
proteas, aloes and startling staghorn lily, Vellozia
splendens, on Mount Mulanje? Enjoy too the stately
tree euphorbias and delicate, tiny succulents at
Cape Maclear, and all the other myriads of
beautiful plants, large and small, that so adorn

Several species are highly localised down the
length of the Rift, as their specialised habitats
have become virtual islands. The Nyika Plateau is
the southernmost extensive area of alpine
moorland, and supports such rarities as Denham's
Bustard and the beautiful Scarlet-tufted Malachite
Sunbird, which depends on species of protea and
giant lobelia. The deciduous thickets in Lengwe
(where there are well-sited hides) provide Black-
and-white Flycatcher and the African Broadbill. In
the Majete gorges you can find six species of
kingfisher, including Pygmy and Shining Blue, as
well as Rock Pratincole, while the calmer waters of
Liwonde and Nkhotakota offer the chance to see
the majestic and elusive Pel's Fishing Owl.



& Watersports in Malati

Malawi may be landlocked but, for the angler, the
Lake, together with a surprising variety of river
conditions, makes the Country one of the most
rewarding destinations. In Lake Malawi itself have
evolved more than 400 species of fish, of which
95% are found nowhere else. The great majority are

brilliantly coloured tropical aquarium fish, many of
them types of cichlid or mbuna. Watching them
shimmering around your legs off Otter Point on the
Cape Maclear Peninsula is a joy in its own right.

However, the Lake contains many kinds of game fish
too. Tiger Fish, ncheni, and Lake Salmon, mpasa, an
even doughtier fighter confined to the centre and
north, provide some of the most exciting sport.
Around the river mouths near Salima and off Mbenje
Island a little further north, two species of catfish,
vundu and the delicious kampango, both regularly
exceed 10kg. The lakeside hotels north of Mangochi
are all excellent centres for angling and boats can be
arranged in advance.

On the upper Shire River many of the Lake fish are
found, including sungwa, a type of perch, which
here makes up in cunning what it concedes in
weight to its Lake cousins. Just below the Kapichira
Falls in Majete are numbers of ncheni up to 7kg, and
lower down vundu up to 15kg and barbel up to 28kg
swim up from the Zambezi. The upland streams on
the Nyika and Zomba Plateaux and Mount Mulanje
are well stocked with rainbow trout.

Lake Malawi
all year, best September-April
Lower Shire
September-May (licence from
Park office on arrival; bring
own rod and tackle)
Mulanje and Zomba
September-April (bring own
rod and tackle, but excellent
locally made fies are
Angling Society of Malawi,
P.O. Box 744, Blantyre

Sailing and


The Lake of Stars is equally the Lake of Sails,
providing ideal sailing conditions, with no tides or
currents, and a fairly consistent south-easterly wind
from February to October. This wind, known locally
as the mwera, is strongest from August to
September, and is replaced by a stronger, but less
predictable northerly, the mpoto, between
November and January. The calmest months are
December to March but bad weather can occur
unexpectedly at any time. Sailing boats and dinghies
are available for hire at Nkopola Lodge, Club
Makolola and Livingstonia Beach Hotel. Sailing is
also available on the Lilongwe Dam. The major event
of the year, with quite an international following, is
the challenging Lake Malawi Yacht Marathon, an
eight-day, 560km race taking place in July.

But yachts are not the only craft on the Lake. You
can sail a traditional dhow (or simply take a trip on
one), and speedboats, outboard dinghies and
kayaks, as well as waterskiing and diving, are all
available at the lakeside hotels. Add to this the six-


Yachting Association of
Malawi (and Lake Malawi
Yachting Marathon)
P.O. Box 402, Blantyre.
Tel: 620300 Fax: 620947

day cruises on the Ilala II or Mtendere and regular
shorter cruises from Club Makolola, Nkopola
Lodge and Cape Maclear, and you have a world of
water-based activities on the Lake of Stars.



of Malawi

Capital City
New capital cities are founded to forge national
unity out of different regions, and few have
enjoyed as much success as Lilongwe. The
modern architecture is softened by a profusion of
flowers and trees. The most adventurous building
is the Reserve Bank, designed in the shape of a
traditional basket for collecting maize, with
reflective golden cladding that shimmers in the
African sun. The Nature Sanctuary on the
Lingadzi River is a microcosm of the wildlife and
plants of Malawi. Lilongwe has become from the
outset the hub of major air and road routes in
Malawi, making it the ideal gateway for visitors to
the Country.

BLANTYRE from Mission
to Commercial Centre
The busy commercial and industrial centre of
Blantyre has retained much of its charm as a
nineteenth century provincial town, founded by
missionaries and named after David
Livingstones's birthplace near Glasgow. Amid the
bustle of offices, shops and street traders, the
Church of St Michael and All Angels, designed by
the Reverend Clement Scott and built with
exclusively local materials, stands as an
impressive testimony to faith and ingenuity Scott
had absolutely no previous knowledge of
architecture. Set in the Shire Highlands, and with
its own international airport, Blantyre is an ideal
centre for touring the south of the Country.

ZOMBA The Old Seat of
The best word to describe Zomba is 'gracious'. As
the old capital of Nyasaland and then of Malawi, it
boasts many examples of colonial architecture,

most notably the State House which was built in
1901. The splendidly named Zomba Gymkhana
Club is now the clubhouse for the 9-hole golf
course. The market, where you can buy anything
from superb fresh produce and local fabrics to oil
lamps improvised out of old electric light fittings,
is very definitely worth a detour.

MANGOCHI a Colonial
Town on the Shire River
Strategically placed on the upper Shire River at
the southern end of Lake Malawi, the old colonial
town of Mangochi, formerly Fort Johnston, has
enjoyed an eventful history. What The Times of
London described rather grandly as a 'Naval
Victory on Lake Nyasa' took place in August 1914,
when the British gunboat Guendolen disabled the
Hermann von Wissmann, which was based on the
then German East Africa shore of the lake. In fact,
the German ship was on a slipway at the time, and
crew were taking breakfast in the shade of a tree...
At all events, the Hotchkiss gun from the
Guendolen is mounted in the town, close to the
memorial to those who drowned when on 30th
July 1946 the M.V. Viphya sank in a storm at the
northern end of the lake.

MZUZU Gateway to
Northern Malawi
Mzuzu may seem like a typical African town, albeit
set in the superb landscape of the Northern
Highlands, but it epitomizes the Malawian
traditions of hospitality, as a stay at the well-
appointed Mzuzu Hotel will amply confirm. In fact,
it is the ideal venue for organising conferences, as
delegates can enjoy both golf and tennis between
work sessions and journey into the unspoilt
wilderness areas of the Nyika and Viphya Plateaux
to refresh their souls after their labours.


What you nI

in Mala i


Lilongwe International Airport is just 26km to
Lilongwe by taxi, hire car or hotel or tour operator
transport, or you may take an onward flight to
Blantyre, Mzuzu or Karonga. Chileka International
Airport, Blantyre is also an international gateway,
and several regional African routes now fly there. It
is a mere 16km from Blantyre with both taxis and
hire cars available.

Every visitor needs a valid passport. Citizens of
European Union and Commonwealth countries and
of the United States do not need visas for stays of up
to 3 months; if you are in any doubt, check with your
nearest Malawi diplomatic mission.

Malawi is GMT +2 hours.

The Malawi Kwacha, divided into 100 Tambala. We
recommend travellers' cheques in US Dollars or
British Pounds Sterling. There is no restriction on
importing foreign currency, but you should keep a
record of all amounts exchanged into Kwacha to
facilitate changing any currency back before
departure. Banks are open Monday-Friday 0800-1400.

There are good medical facilities in the main towns
and resort hotels. Drinking water is generally good,
though you should boil water or use purifying
tablets in remote areas.

Take malaria prophylactics and use mosquito nets
at night when provided as well as insect repellent
spray or cream, especially in lower-lying areas. As in
much of Africa, bilharzia is an increasing problem in
still or slowly moving water. Swim only in designated
areas or in swimming pools. Precautions are also
advised against typhoid and hepatitis. Check
beforehand for up-to-date medical advice.
On the Lakeshore and upper Shire River, the
weather is pleasantly warm most of the year, hotter
in the rainy season between November and March. It
is more temperate in the highlands and on the
plateaux, with cool nights all year. Around the lower
Shire River and the south it is more tropical, and
very hot during the rains.

Dress is generally informal. A lightweight suit is fine
for business. For women, light cotton dresses, skirts
or slacks and tops are ideal. For the highlands, and
cool winter nights, bring a sweater or wrap. Walking
shoes or boots are recommended for bush or hill


to Know

walking. Evening wear can be a little more formal in
city hotels. Malawi has no dress regulations, but you
should observe the normal dress proprieties and
avoid wearing very skimpy clothes away from
beaches and resort hotels.

Equipment is available for hire at some resort hotels,
but to avoid any disappointment bring such things
as fishing tackle, snorkelling equipment and climbing
gear. Bring a plentiful supply of film and replacement
batteries for anything needing them, especially your
camera. Have your camera and binoculars checked
before you come; it's too late once you've arrived.

US $20.00 on all international departures.

You will need a valid international driving licence or
national driving licence if set out in English. Malawi
drives on the left.

English is the official language and widely spoken
everywhere. Chichewa is the major national
language, though Chitumbuka is spoken in much of
the north.

A great holiday will always stay in your memory, and
a well chosen souvenir will bring your memories back
to life. Fortunately, there is so much to choose from in
Malawi. Malawians have developed great skills over
the centuries in crafting and refining what are
essentially workaday goods, but which have great
intrinsic beauty. Such things as canework fish traps,
which have been used on the Lake for generations,
raffia and dyed grass table mats and hats, magnificent
sisal, palm and maize leaf floor mats and baskets
woven from lakeside reeds. But perhaps their greatest
artistry is reserved for their woodcarvings, renowned
throughout Africa and beyond.

But there is much more to buy than handicrafts.
Anglers will be delighted by the exquisite and
highly effective flies for which Malawi has become
famous, while a packet of tea or coffee beans will
remind you how long the Country has been
perfecting these crops. The adventurous may want
to remember that Malawi produces the hottest
pepper sauce in Africa (the bottle label sensibly
advises "Friends, beware!").

Visit the street markets, curio shops, and roadside
stalls, especially along the Lake. Remember most
countries will not let you bring in live plants or fresh
food, or anything made from ivory and many animal
skins. But with such variety, just choose what will
give you the most pleasure for years to come.

"there is so much
to choose from
in Malawi"



*. ~ i*~it

in Malati

*Capital Hotel, P.O. Box 30018, Lilongwe.
Tel 783388 Fax 781273 Telex 44618
Capital City Motel, P.O. Box 30454, Lilongwe.
Tel 784911 Fax 784624
Lilongwe Hotel, P.O. Box 44, Lilongwe.
Tel 740488 Fax 740505 Telex 44853
*Lingadzi Inn, P.O. Box 30367, Lilongwe.
Tel 720644 Fax 720951
Kalikuti Hotel, P.O. Box 703, Lilongwe. Tel 721477
Fax 721453
18 Lodge, P.O. Box 31222, Lilongwe. Tel 734406
*Mount Soche Hotel, P.O. Box 284, Blantyre.
Tel 620588 Fax 620154 Telex 44892
Ryall's Hotel, P.O. Box 21, Blantyre.
Tel 620955 Fax 620201 Telex 44481
Kudya Hotel, P.O. Box 1, Soche. Tel 630146
Chilembwe Lodge, P.O. Box 30653, Blantyre.
Tel 624688
Shire Highlands Hotel, P.O. Box 5204, Limbe.
Tel 640055 Fax 640063
County Hotel and Lodges, P.O. Box 5249, Limbe.
Tel 642266 Fax 670438 Telex 44886
Paradise Motel, P.O. Box 848, Blantyre. Tel 623338
Blue Bird Motel, P.O. Box 5387, Limbe. Tel 640282
Riviera Lodge, P.O. Box 541618, Blantyre.
Tel 650971
*Ku Chawe Inn, P.O. Box 71, Zomba.
Tel 522342/522566 Fax 522509
Ndindeya Hotel, P.O. Box 527, Zomba. Tel 522068
Government Hostel, P.O. Box 98, Zomba.
Tel 522688
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge,
African Wilderness Safaris,
P.O. Box 489, Lilongwe. Tel 781393 Fax 781397
Kudya Discovery Lodge, P/Bag 4, Liwonde.
Tel 532333 Fax 532276
Club Makokola, P.O. Bo 5, Mangochi.
Tel 584244 Fax 584417 /
*Nkopola Lodge, P.OBo 14, Mangochi.
Tel 584444 Fax 584694 T ex 44354
Mulangeni Resort,/P.O. B x 442, Mangochi.
Tel 584698 Fax 58f768
Boadzulu Lakeslor Re rt, P.O. Box 471,
Mangochi. Tel 584725 /
Palm Beach Resort, P.O. B 46, Mangochi.
Tel 584564
Sun 'n'Sand Resort, P.O. Box 333, Mangochi
Tel 584545 Fax 644202
Livingstonia Beach Hotel, P.O. Box 11, Salima.
Tel 744022 Fax 744483
Kambiri Hotel, P.O. Box 16, Salima. Tel 261261

"To telephone
Malawi dial
00 265-and the
local number
you want"

18 1

Chintheche Inn, P.O. Box 9, Chintheche.
Tel 357211 Telex 44645

Club Marina, P.O. Box 16, Karonga.
Tel 362391 Fax 362313
*Mzuzu Hotel, P.O. Box 231, Mzuzu.
Tel 332622/332219 Fax 332660 Telex 44853
Chenda Hotel, P.O. Box 314, Mzuzu. Tel 335255
Mzuzu Tourist Lodge, P.O. Box 485, Mzuzu.
Tel 332097/332219
Accommodation in all the National Parks, except
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge in Liwonde (see above) and
Lifupa Lodge, P/B 62 Kasungu (Tel and Fax 253439),
can be booked through the Chief Game Warden,
Department of National Parks and Wildlife, P.O. Box
30131, Capital City, Lilongwe 3. Tel 723505/723566
Fax 723089.
A full list of accommodation is available from the
Chief Game Warden.
* May be booked through Protea Hotels in the
U.K. Tel +44-1233 211811 Fax +44-1233 211309.
A full list of accommodation, including
resthouses, is available from the
Ministry of Tourism, PO Box 402, Blantyre.
Tel 620300 Fax 620947.


in Malawi

Ministry of Tourism, P.O. Box 402, Blantyre.
Tel 620300 Fax 620947
Air Malawi, P.O. Box 84, Blantyre.
Tel 620811 Fax 620042
Hotels & Catering Association, P.O. Box 1126, Blantyre.
Tel 622966 Fax 621215
Mountain Club of Malawi, P.O. Box 240, Blantyre.
Tel 634436 (Chairman)
Wildlife Society of Malawi, P.O. Box 1429, Blantyre.
Tel 643428/643502 Fax 643765
National Fauna Preservation Society, P.O. Box 1429,
Blantyre. Tel 643428 Fax 643765
The Angling Society of Malawi, P.O. Box 744, Blantyre.
Yachting Association of Malawi, P.O. Box 402,
Blantyre. Tel 620300 Fax 620947

Malawi High Commission, 33 Grosvenor Street,
London W1X ODE. Tel +44-171 491 4172
Fax +44-171 491 9916 Telex 263308 KWACHA G
Botschaft der Republik Malawi, Mainzerstrage 124,
5300 Bonn 2. Tel +49-228 343016/17/18/19
Fax +49-228 340619 Telex 8869689 MABN D
Ambassade du Malawi, 15 Rue de la Loi, 3e Etage,
1040 Bruxelles. Tel +32-2 231 09 80
Fax +32-2 231 10 66 Telex 24128
Ambassade du Malawi, 20 Rue Euler, 4e Etage,
75008 Paris. Tel+33-1 40 70 18 46/47 20 20 27
Fax +33-1 47 23 62 48 Telex 642084 KWACHA F
Malawi High Commision, 7 Clemow Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario K1S 2A9. Tel +1-613 236 8931/2
Fax +1 -613 236 1054 Telex 0533365 KWACHA OTT
Malawi Embassy, 2408 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington DC 20008.
Tel +1-202 797 1007 Fax +1-202 265 0976
Malawi Mission to the United Nations,
600 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
Tel +1-212 949 0180/1/2 Fax +1-212 599 5021
Telex 421807
Malawi High Commission, P.O. Box 11172, Brooklyn,
Delta Building, 471 Monica Road, Lynwood,
Pretoria 0011. Tel +27-12 3420146 Telex 3-22017 SA
Malawi High Commission, Chancery, 42-44 Harare St.,
P.O. Box 231, Harare. Tel +263-4 752137/8/9
Fax +264-4 705604 Telex 24467 NYANJA ZW
Malawi Embassy, 3-12-9 Kami-Osaki, Kita Shinagawa,
6-Chome, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo 141.
Tel +81-3 3449 3010 Fax +81-3 3449 3220
Adventure Tours and Safaris, P.O. Box 31282,
Lilongwe 3. Tel 730405 Fax 734117
& P.O. Box 454, Blantyre. Tel 670500 Fax 670165
AMI Travel, P.O. Box 30074, Lilongwe.
Tel 783220/783688 Fax 765370
& P.O. Box 838, Blantyre. Tel 624733 Fax 670240

Cape Maclear Watersports, P.O. Box 11, Monkey Bay.
Tel 584782
Central African Wilderness Safaris, P.O. Box 489
Lilongwe. Tel 781393 Fax 781397
Cluny Safaris, P.O. Box 250, Namitete, Lilongwe.
Tel 274262 Fax 274262
Heart of Africa Safaris, P.O. Box 8, Lilongwe.
Tel 740848 Fax 740848
Kabula Tours and Travel, P.O. Box 985, Blantyre.
Tel 644736/644009 Fax 644462
Kambuku Trails, P.O. Box 30596, Lilongwe 3.
Tel 742825/731141 Fax 723346/731141
Lake Divers, P.O. Box 48, Monkey Bay Tel 584657
Land and Lake Safaris, P.O. Box 2140, Lilongwe 3.
Tel 723459/744408 Fax 723459/744408
Midland Travel Agency, P.O. Box 18, Lilongwe.
Tel 741876 Fax 741804
Rift Lake Charters, P.O. Box 284, Mangochi.
Tel 584473 Fax 584576
Safari Camp, P.O. Box 1971, Lilongwe.
Tel 721458 Fax 721458
Soche Tours and Travel, P.O. Box 30406, Lilongwe 3.
Tel 782377 Fax 781409
& P.O. Box 2225, Blantyre. Tel 620777 Fax 620440
Waterline, P.O. Box 1641, Blantyre.
Tel 523552 Fax 532276


Apex Rent-A-Car
Avis Car Hire

BP Car Hire
Car Hire Limited
Ceciliana Car Hire

Country Car Hire
Golden Car Hire
Grand Prix Carhire
Luntha Car Hire
Mercedes Car Hire
Pegas Car Hire
Prima Bella
Rainbow Car Hire

Travellers Choice
T W Car Hire

P.O. Box 1132, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 695, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 51059, Limbe
Chileka Airport, Blantyre
P.O. Box 1080, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 51059, Limbe
P.O. Box 759, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 30814, Blantyre
P.O. Box 1132, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 793, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 285, Zomba
P.O. Box 2142, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 30012, Blantyre
P.O. Box 1007, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 2351, Blantyre
P.O. Box 975, Lilongwe & LIA
P.O. Box 2315, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 997, Lilongwe
Lilongwe Int. Airport
P.O. Box 2882, Blantyre
P.O. Box 30094, Lilongwe
P.O. Box 30173, Lilongwe

U-Drive CarRentals P.O. Box 51286, Blantyre
& Limbe

Tel 723136
Tel 723113/723812
Tel 622719/622748
Fax 670483/672429
Tel 661368
Tel 722356
Tel 621274
Tel 720188
Tel 651499/651722
Tel 721729
Tel 742638
Tel 522382/522598
Tel 740585
Tel 670377
Tel 722617
Tel 623393
Tel 721981
Tel 723777
Tel 744198
Tel 760536
Tel 622836
Tel 782035
Tel 744434
Tel 625005
Tel 645966

Fax 740505
Telex 44557

Fax 723667
Fax 670438

Fax 640255
Fax 721948

Fax 522382

Fax 722846

Fax 742197

Fax 741574
Fax 741574
Fax 625074

Telex 44359
Fax 642382
Fax 642382


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Photographs by courtesy of
The Ministry of Tourism and'
independent photographers.
While every effort has been made to
ensure that the information in this guide is
accurate at time of printing, the Publishers
cannot take responsibility for any
inaccuracies or changes that may occur.


84 229 DEDZA Road distance
233 117 150 LIWONDE
590 899 671 820 KARONGA (in km) between
127 439 211 360 463 KASUNGU centres in Mal
245 191 159 73 742 344 MANGOCHI
206 253 120 136 703 305 63 MONKEYBAY
378 66 295 178 105 505 251 314 MULANJE
367 676 448 597 226 240 516 477 742 MZUZU
413 576 494 497 273 286 479 440 642 47 NKHATA BAY
200 378 235 299 461 127 281 242 444 235 198 NKHOTAKOTA
432 741 513 662 176 305 584 545 807 68 115 303 RUMPHI
103 289 126 190 572 173 172 133 335 346 309 111 414 SALIMA
358 47 275 158 885 485 231 294 47 722 622 424 787 315 THYOLO
286 64 203 53 815 413 127 189 125 650 550 352 715 243 105 ZOMBA


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Regional Development Programme.