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Malawi safaris Tours are one of the best safari destinations in Africa though it is the least visited country in the South Africa region, Malawi is a small landlocked country of 45,747 square miles and home to Africa’s third-largest lake (Lake Malawi).

Malawi is gradually becoming a great ecotourism destination with an abundance of wildlife and safari activities, Malawi boosts 200 mammal species, 650 bird species, and over 5,500 flora species.

Malawi safaris

wildlife in Malawi includes the big five “lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards”, crocodiles, and over 400 bird species such as African fish eagles, and white-breasted cormorants as well as wading birds, kingfishers, hornbills, nightjars, kestrels, swallow-tailed bee-eaters, white-starred robin, brown-headed parrot, brown-breasted barbet, pale batis, Dickinson’s kestrel, Lilian’s lovebird, Böhm’s bee-eater, racket-tailed roller, pale-billed hornbill, Kurrichane thrush, Arnot’s chat, white-bellied sunbird, black-eared seedeater, broad-tailed paradise whydah and many more.

Malawi’s ecological system is protected in 4 national parks that are Kasungu, Lengwe, Liwonde, and Nyika, 4 wildlife reserves that is Majete, Mwabvi, Nkhotakota, and Vwaza Marsh and 2 biosphere reserves that are Lake Chilwa and Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve.

Malawi as one of the best safaris in Africa offers a number of safari activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, island-hopping, and beach sunbathing in Lake Malawi, trekking Mount Mulanje, visits to the cultural and museum center at Karongan, and bird watching

Central Malawi

Central Malawi is one of the regions to go to while on a safari in Malawi, the central of Malawi is one region you should visit during your African safari in Malawi, why, because of the numerous beautiful and memorial safari destinations found in this region ranging from wildlife destinations (national parks and reserves), mountains, cultural centers among others.

Below are the attractions/destinations you can visit during your safari visit in the central region of Malawi 

Tourist attractions in Central Malawi 

 Dedza District 

Dedza District is a scenic region found in the central Malawi, Dedza district is situated south of Lilongwe the capital of Malawi between Mozambique and Lake Malawi with Dedza as the capital. Dedza district hosts Dedza Mountain with its peak reaching 2198 meters of elevation, the mountain is protected by Dedza Mountain Forest Reserve, established in 1926 covers an area of 2917 hectares.     

While on a safari in Malawi, exploring Dedza district is one of the amazing safari activities to do such as 

  • hiking mountain Dedza
  • meeting the locals and learning more about their culture, traditions and norms
  •  hiking Chongoni rock where you will watch numerous painted rocks with painting believed to have been painted by the bushmen during the stone age period
  • Buying souvenirs from crafts shops 
  • Visit Mua mission for volunteering in numerous projects.  

Salima city 

Salima city is another beautiful city found in the central region of Malawi, the city is situated near the southwestern shore of Lake Malawi/Nyasa, northwest of the railhead and Lake port of Chipoka. Salima city is a commercial centre and considered as one of the largest cities on Malawi, some of the amazing tourist sites and attractions to visit while on a safari in Salima city include Kuti wildlife reserve, Sango bay which has some of the beautiful villages and a number of villages with fish farms  to explore on foot.

Lake Malawi 

Lake Malawi is one of the remarkable tourist attractions in Malawi situated in the central park of Malawi, this lake locally known as Nyasa Lake is the largest lake in Malawi and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lake Malawi’s waters inhabit about 1000 fish species, many birds such as ducks, African fish eagle along its shores and many beautiful beaches. 

Lake Malawi is a perfect destination to visit in Malawi for a beach vacation, scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching and camping activities.

Kasungu national park 

Kasungu national park is a rewarding Malawi Safaris Tours destination situated in the western central region of Malawi a few kilometers from Lilongwe the capital city of Malawi, Kasungu national park is one of the biggest national parks in Malawi and a great habitat for a variety of wildlife in Malawi though its animal population reduced due to poaching. 

Kasungu national park covering an area of 800 square miles is a home to many animals such as leopards, jackals, zebras, elephants, sable antelopes, roan antelopes, cape wild dogs, servals, hippos, civet cats  and many birds such as white-faced whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, helmeted Guinea fowl, crested francolin, Namaqua dove, Little grebe, Senegal coucal, gray go-away bird, African swift among others. 

Kasungu national park has a number of thrilling safari activities to do during your safari in Malawi such as game viewing, bird watching and nature walks. 

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Ntchisi forest reserve 

Ntchisi forest reserve is a forest reserve of approximately 75 square kilometers situated close to Ntchisi Mountain and surrounded by rolling hills on all sides, Ntchisi forest reserve is one of the untouched beauties of Malawi and contains some of the last remaining indigenous rainforest in Malawi with some trees towering 32 meters. 

Ntchisi forest reserve is composed of lush vegetation featuring plethora of orchids and it is a home of abundant birdlife, troops of Samango monkey, baboons, hyenas, bushbuck, black leopard and bush pig which are sighted while visiting the reserve. 

Lilongwe wildlife Trust 

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is a wildlife sanctuary founded in 2007 with support from the Born Free Foundation, the wildlife Trust was established to protect Malawi’s wildlife rescued from various areas of the country. Majorly the aim of establishing Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was to protect species of animals and trees which were becoming extinct due to poaching and deforestation. 

Animals found In Lilongwe Wildlife Trust include elephants, lions, leopards, hippos among others and they can be viewed during your visit in Lilongwe city and central Malawi. 

The Lilongwe city 

Lilongwe city is the capital city and the economic centre of Malawi, the city consists of beautiful infrastructures such as buildings hosting major ministry headquarters, major hotels and Kamuzu international airport in the international airport for Malawi.  Lilongwe city is divided in two that is Old Lilongwe town and New Lilongwe town, places worth to visit while in Lilongwe city include Lilongwe craft market, Kamuzu Mausoleum, parliament building, four seasons Nursery and Garden shop and La Galleria Africa and Lilongwe wildlife centre which is an art gallery. 

Nkhotakota wildlife reserve 

Nkhotakota Wildlife reserve is a true definition of paradise on earth situated in the Great Rift Valley bordering Kasungu district, Mzimba district, Nkhotakota and Ntchisi district. Nkhotakota wildlife reserve covers an area of 700 square miles extending from the edge of the escarpment above the Great Rift Valley at 1,638 meters down to the narrow plain. 

Nkhotakota wildlife reserve comprises untouched beauty featuring dense vegetation cover, the wildlife reserve is a habitat for a variety of animals making it one of the best destinations in Malawi for game viewing safaris. Animals found in Nkhotakota wildlife reserve include elephants, hyenas, bush pigs, warthogs, zebras, buffaloes, lions among others. There are over 280 bird species in the wildlife reserve such as olive-headed weaver, the Böhm’s bee-eater, the Arnot’s chat, the Anchieta’s sunbird, the Böhm’s flycatcher, the miombo wren-warbler, the Souza’s shrike, the Chapin’s apalis, the miombo rock thrush, the miombo scrub robin and the miombo double-collared sunbird among others. 

Nkhotakota wildlife reserve offers some of the thrilling safari experiences in Malawi such as game viewing, bird watching, hiking Chipata Mountain, fishing at Bua River and walking safaris. 

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