Top tip: Malawi – sun filters for sunsets
Malawi is situated in Southeast Africa sharing borders with Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. The country is dominated by Africa’s third largest lake, Lake Malawi, which forms the eastern boundary with Tanzania and Mozambique.
The country’s stunning scenery varies from region to region; the Northern Region offers spectacular mountains with the highest peaks reaching to over 3000m. The rolling Nyika Plateau, rugged escarpments, valleys and the thickly forested slopes of the Viphya Plateau is a startling, and often harsh expanse of emptiness.
The Central Region is mainly a plateau, over 1000m high, with fine upland scenery and is the country’s main agricultural area. The Southern Region is low-lying with the surreal 2100m high Zomba Plateau and classic beach fringed shores of south Lake Malawi.
The rainy season runs from November to March and winter from May to July. The climate around Lake Malawi is generally hot and dry with cooling breezes.
Facts and Figures
|Area||118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles).|
|Population||14,901,000 (2010 estimate)|
|Capital||Lilongwe- population 902,388 (2008)|
|Language||The national language is the widely spoken Chichewa but the official language is English.|
|Religion||80 per cent are Christian, 13 per cent Muslim, 7 per cent follow traditional beliefs and there is a small Hindu minority.|
|Time||GMT + 2.|
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