Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” for good reason; the relatively small nation is a bit off the usual beaten path for African adventures and as such the country’s friendly inhabitants can show visitors things unspoiled by mass tourism. And the things to see and do in Malawi are quite varied; here’s a look at some experiences you can only have in the Warm Heart of Africa!
The Mushroom Farm
This quirkily-named eco lodge is located at Manchewe on the edge of a cliff that overlooks beautiful Lake Malawi. Guests can stay in a rustically-plush chalet or camp out on the cliff top, enjoy a menu that includes vegetarian meals made with local produce, take tours of the area with local guides or just hang out in a hammock and gaze at the lake. The owners of The Mushroom Farm have also initiated or helped out with many community projects, so visitors can also check out places like Mr. Banda’s Forest Restaurant or learn about all the things that the Manchewe Mountain Mamas economic development group is involved with.
Here’s something for the athletically-inclined! Sponsored by the Edinburgh-based charity organization EMMS International, the TriMalawi Challenge will see participants cycling, trekking and kayaking through areas that offer unparalleled nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. The kayaking will be to a deserted tropical island, cyclists will bike through rural villages and the trekking part of the challenge will be a hike up Mount Mulanje. The event is for a good cause; sponsorship funding will go to a project at the Mulanje Mission Hospital that is working to lessen the spread of malaria and HIV. The 2016 event takes place Aug. 20-29.
Majete Wildlife Reserve
The rains came heavy last year and now the grass in Majete has begun to grow like crazy, giving the reserve’s population of newly-born impala lambs, baboons and warthog babies a fresh food supply. Lions cubs have been spotted in the park recently too, making right now an excellent time to visit to see baby animals. New game viewing platforms have also been constructed in Majete, which is located about an hour and a half’s drive from the southern Malawi city of Blantyre.
More Malawi news of interest to visitors concerns the Tongole Wilderness Lodge, a luxury holiday retreat that has just won two “Best in Category” Safari Awards, Huntingdon House at Satemwa Tea Estate and their new mango-inspired menu and the new Forest Cabin at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, which at more than 100-years-old is one of the oldest buildings in Malawi.
These are just a few of the experiences awaiting in Malawi; for ideas on other fun things to do during a visit to the Warm Heart of Africa go here.