Unknown to the general public and difficult to spot on maps and planispheres, Malawi, nicknamed the "warm heart of Africa", is an enclave in southern Africa, nestled between Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania.
Completely off the beaten track, this small country, little frequented by French-speaking tourists, remains untouched and "authentic". A splendid lake that covers one fifth of its territory, lush tropical forests, high mountains that stand side by side with the naked ones, parks and reserves where flora and fauna abound, a hospitable population... so many contrasts and assets that make Malawi a concentrate of Africa, ideal for nature lovers, "exoticism" and adventure. Named Nyassaland ("Lake Country") in the mid-19th century by the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, the Malawian territory - on which, over the last few decades, quality tourist infrastructures have flourished, such as the magnificent lodges hidden in the woods or scattered along the lake's shores and islands - is the ideal place to observe the Big Five (lion) in all tranquillity, You can also improve your physical condition on a safari by hiking on the slopes of the Mulanje Massif and frolic in the crystal-clear waters of the natural pools or in the clear waves of Lake Malawi.
The editorial team
Thank you. To the entire Central African Wilderness Safaris team in general, and to Fiona, Abby, Moses and Christopher in particular. To the staff of Kiboko Town, Sunbird Capital and Kumbali Lodge. At Nipul Mohan of Mamma Mia in Lilongwe. At Kestone L. Chikweza from Paragon Pottery in Dedza. In Chikondi from the Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art at Mua Mission. To Stefano Pesarelli, Francesca Guazzo and all the members of Africa Wild Truck. To Juma and Simon, experienced guides in Mulanje. To Greg Gange-Harris at Game Haven Lodge. To Beatrice Mwale of African Parks and the rangers of this organization. To Lester Mwale of the Sunbird Thawale. To Petal for his welcome to small onions at the Zomba Forest Lodge. To Frederik from Liwonde Safari Camp. To Sam and his wife, owners of Kutchire Lodge, for their hospitality. To Ryan at the Nanchengwa Lodge. To the Fat Monkeys at Cape Maclear. To Kay de Silva, the generous and vivacious director of Warm Heart Adventures. To Sue and Wiktor Chichlowski of Fisherman's Rest for their investment and presence. To Dilipkumar Popatlal of the Mount Pleasant Inn in Blantyre for his contagious good humour. To Jean-Michel and his singing accent from the Hostellerie de France. At the family run Veg-Delight in Blantyre. To Maky, for his artistic and culinary talents. To Daniel, for his confident driving on the trails and roads of Malawi. To the Fish Eagle Bay Lodge team and the Sitima Inn team. To James Milazi, for his valuable information, at Nkhata Bay. To the members of Sunrise Ground Tours. To Lara, Brett and Nick at the Makuzi Beach Lodge. To Joy, for her excellent Korean food. To the dedicated staff at Karonga Museum, Mayoka Village Beach Lodge, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Barefoot Lodge and Norman Carr Cottage. To Ed and Carmen at Chitimba Camp. To Everest, for his skills as a pilot. To Marinus Taale of the Cluny Lodge for his thoughtfulness. To Chris, from Ulisa Bay Lodge, finally, for his sound advice.