The capital city is much bigger than you might expect, it has a population close to 1 million.
The Wildlife Centre is a sanctuary for many rescued and injured animals, the old town is made up of shops, bars and restaurants.
The contrast from the old town to new is very noticible. The broad avenues flanked by tall shiny buildings are quite a contrast.
A place to stay: Mabuya Camp
Lilongwe to Blantyre
310km – 5 hours
From Lilongwe, it’s a drive South to the next big city. The route travels through some very rural areas. Don’t be surprised to see many roadside markets and stalls. For many this is their only form of income.
Blantyre is very much the financial and commercial heart of the country. The city is a good springboard for visits to Majete Wildlife Reserve and the famous Mount Mulanje. It overlooks the tea-growing area of the country and reaches 3002m at its highest point.
A place to stay: Fishermans Rest, Blantyre
Blantyre to Liwonde National Park
180km – 3 hours
With its riverside setting, wildlife viewing is all the more interesting due to the presence of boat safaris. This park is home to elephants, crocodiles, hippos, lions and cheetahs
A place to stay: Mvuu Camp
Liwonde to Salima
Lake Malawi is so big it is seen as an inland sea, it even has its own micro-climate.
This part of the journey skirts the southern banks of the lake.
The lake offers many watersports and fishing expeditions. This is the countrys main tourist hub and is only an hour away from Lilongwe
A place to stay: lake Malawi national park