Dis­cover the Hid­den Gem of Africa

SLOW Magazine - - Must Go -

If you think about Malawi, what pic­ture comes to mind? Well, the first thoughts for most peo­ple might not nec­es­sar­ily be some­thing syn­ony­mous with a lux­u­ri­ous South­ern African, par­adise-like hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion in­clud­ing crys­tal-clear wa­ters, sandy beaches, ex­tra­or­di­nary views, lush green flora, and wild an­i­mal sa­faris. Mau­ri­tius and Mozam­bique (and of course South Africa) gen­er­ally take the spot­light here, but for now we can put those aside, as the tiny coun­try that is Malawi might just be your next bucket list des­ti­na­tion.

This land­locked coun­try in the South­east part of Africa may be de­fined by its to­pog­ra­phy of high­lands split by the Great Rift Val­ley and enor­mous Lake Malawi – one of the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions sport­ing clear wa­ters and sen­sa­tional views.

Sim­i­lar to the size of Cuba, Malawi is one of the small­est coun­tries in South­ern Africa, with its neigh­bour, Zam­bia, oc­cu­py­ing over six times the area. At ap­prox­i­mately 900 kilo­me­tres long and vary­ing widths never more than one third of its length, the coun­try is clearly elon­gated north-south along the line of the Rift Val­ley in which Lake Malawi sits.

This shape lends it­self to a three-way re­gional divi­sion: North, Cen­tral, and South. The di­ver­sity for which Malawi is famed is re­flected both be­tween these re­gions and within each one: el­e­ments of land­scape, wildlife, and cul­ture can be un­der­taken in each of the re­gions; yet such a com­bi­na­tion will give a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence in each district.

And even though the coun­try is rel­a­tively small, it of­fers a myr­iad of pop­u­lar, beau­ti­ful and awe-in­spir­ing places for trav­ellers to

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