The Warm Heart of Africa
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. Malawi is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of around 18 million. Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars, takes up about a third of Malawi’s area.
Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi’s largest city; the second largest is Blantyre, the third is Mzuzu and the fourth largest is its old capital Zomba.
The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”.
Malawi is a small country but with a lot to offer – from the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, popularly known as the Lake of Stars, to it’s beautiful mountains, plateaus and valleys. There is no shortage of stunning landscape.
The Warm Heart of Africa boasts of nine national parks and game reserves in addition to many forest reserves. All these offer opportunities for game viewing, bird watching and boat safaris.
The people are friendly and ever smiling. The cultures are rich as evidenced by their diverse traditions and ceremonies infused with colourful dance, song and art.
Official Languages: English, Chichewa
Time Zone: UTC +2 (Central African Time)
Dialling Code: +265
Currency: Malawi Kwacha. Visa and MasterCard ATMs are widely available in urban areas.
Total Land Area: 18,484 km2 (45,747 sq mi)
Total Water Area (%): 20.6%
International Airports: Lilongwe and Chileka
Main Land Border Points: Songwe, Mchinji, Dedza and Mwanza