Malawi was formerly known as Nyasaland and is officially known as the Republic of Malawi today, but where is Malawi? It lies in Africa towards the southeast and borders with Zambia in the northwest, Mozambique in the east, south, and west and Tanzania in the northeast. Lake Malawi separates the country from Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is spread over an area of 118,000 square kilometers with a population of more than 16 million people. Its capital and largest city is Lilongwe and it is also called the "The Warm Heart of Africa".
Where is Malawi historically? It is one of Africa's smallest countries and settled in the 10th century by Bantu groups who migrated to the region. It was colonized by the British in 1891 and became a protectorate of the UK in 1953. It gained its independence along with its new name, Malawi in 1964.
The country is characterized by high plateaus and mountain ranges with Lake Malawi covering almost one third of the area of the country along the eastern border. If you're thinking there isn't much to do in this small African country, you're wrong. Among the many places to visit in Malawi is the Anglican Cathedral, which was built 100 years ago by missionaries on the Likoma Island. The island also offers excellent swimming towards the east side of the lake near the shore of Mozambique.
Head over to the largest town and the country's commercial capital, Blantyre that was established in the 19th century.
It is known as one area but there are actually two towns, Blantyre and Limbe. Interesting sites to visit in this town include the National Museum, St Michael and All Angels Church, and the Mandela House. Witness the serenity and breathtaking views of the Luwawa Forest or cycle along the lakeshore through Nyika, as it will be worth remembering. Other notable places to visit in Malawi include the Senga Bay and the southern lakeshore towards the north of Mangochi for fishing. Here you can catch a yellow fish, Lake Tiger, or lake salmon.
Trout can also be caught at Chelinda on Nyika Plaqtea and Zomba Plateau. These plateaus are also popular for horse rides. The Kasungu National Park is another interesting place to visit with a variety of animals and if you are visiting Malawi, you cannot absolutely miss the stunning Lake Malawi which is spread over 24,000 square kilometers with the largest collection of fish. There is also the freshwater national park, named as the Lake Malawi National Park that was built in 1980 which has a number of activities to engage tourists and locals alike.