To help inspire or plan your trip to Malawi, some of its major attractions for travellers are shown below, including some of the best natural, historical, cultural and adventure sites in the country. These include all of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Malawi which represent the best of the world's cultural and natural heritage.
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Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and runs along the eastern border of Malawi for most of its length. It's a breathtaking expanse of clear blue waters and is home to more fish species than any lake in the world. There are a number of stops along the length of Lake Malawi including Senga Bay, Chitimba and Chintheche where you can partake in various water sports, visit local villages and buy the famous Malawian wood carvings or relax on the beach (though be sure to rise early to catch a glorious sunrise over the lake).

Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi National Park is located at the southern end of Lake Malawi. This vast, beautiful expanse of water contains hundreds of species of fish, nearly all endemic, which constitute a critically important resource in the study of evolution. From Cape Maclear, the National Park can be explored by sailing, kayaking or snorkelling or just soaking up the views from the beach.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Lake Malawi National Park

Chongoni Rock-Art Area

The Chongoni Rock-Art Area is located in the plateau of central Malawi and constitutes the richest concentration of rock art in central Africa. It contains paintings by BaTwa hunter-gatherers and Chewa agriculturalists and is still associated with rituals and ceremonies of the Chewa.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Chongoni Rock-Art Area

Zomba Plateau

The Zomba Plateau rises to 2000m above sea level and is an area covered with cedar forests and numerous waterfalls, lakes and streams. It has a unique high tropical microclimate with a large diversity of bird and animal life. Views from the edge of the plateau over the African plains below are stunning, especially at Emperor's View and Queen's View (named after Emperor Haile Selassie and Queen Elizabeth after their visits to the area).

Luwawa Forest

Luwawa Forest is located in the Viphya Mountains overlooking Lake Malawi. It is a great base for a range of adventure activities including wilderness treks, abseiling, canoeing and fishing or for visiting local villages to learn about Malawian culture.

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is a small park to the south of Lake Malawi and one of the most popular safari destinations in Malawi, containing species such as elephant, sable antelope, bushbuck and warthog.