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Lake Malawi

Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa” and you’ll be guaranteed a friendly welcome here. It is a country of gorgeous natural scenery, the main draw being Lake Malawi which covers 20% of the country’s area along its eastern edge. Most travellers will transit through Malawi on overland journeys, stopping for several days along the lake shore, enjoying water sports, the beautiful scenery and the hospitality of their hosts. Explore in depth highlights of Malawi.

Travel Information for Malawi
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Chichewa
Other languages:Chilomwe, Chinyanja, Chisena, Chitonga, Chitumbuka, Chiyao
Currency: Malawian kwachas (MWK)

1 = MK810, $1 = MK726, £1 = MK0.00

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.mwInternational Dialling Code:    265

For help planning your trip to Malawi including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Malawi trip planning page.

Further information on Malawi

Discover more about Malawi - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of malawi

Total area: 118,480 sq km (24,400 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Mozambique (1,569km), Tanzania (475km), Zambia (837km)

Climate: Sub-tropical climate with rainy season from November to May.

Highest mountain: Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) (3,002m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Malawi from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 89/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 126/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 58/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 110/174
Overall Ranking:    125/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Malawi     Status: Independent Country

Population: 17,377,468 (rank: 63/196)     Density: 146.6 people/sq km (rank: 57/196)

Ethnic groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European

Religions: Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census)

GDP (PPP): $15.02 billion       GDP per capita: $900 (rank: 188/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.