Malawi is mostly an undiscovered country with plenty of natural beauty and wildlife. It’s stunningly beautiful and huge Lake Malawi, which is a third-largest lake on the continent located in Malawi. It boasts beautiful national parks, white sandy beaches, pine forests, and reserves.
Here are the top 5 things to do and see in Malawi, South Africa.
1. Hike Mulanje Mountain
Also known as Mount Mulanje, Mulanje Mountain is situated in southern Malawi 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of Blantyre. It has the highest peak Sapitwa just above 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet).
Here you’ll have sufficient hiking routes to summit this mountain with simple huts at the end of each one. You must spend two nights on the mountain. You can join the Mountain Club of Malawi to get the route information and fee details. You’ll also be allowed to use their cooking facilities in the huts. From May to October is the best time to climb Mulanje.
2. Explore Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi is a stunning freshwater lake spreading across a third of the area of landlocked Malawi. Bestowed with golden beaches and vibrant varieties of fish, the lake offers very rewarding snorkeling and diving experience.
There are many bays to select from and accommodations run from simple campsites and cottage rentals to the more luxurious Makakola Retreat. Cape Maclear is the most popular on the southern end for snorkeling and other water sports. At Monkey Bay, on the southern tip, you can hop the MV Ilala ferry to cruise up the lake to Likoma Island and the northern end.
3. Take the Ferry to Likoma Island
Located in Mozambique waters, Likoma Island is still a Malawian territory. Home to a huge cathedral built in the early 1900s, this island has many stunning beaches with excellent eco-friendly resorts and some budget accommodation also.
At Likoma there are just a few cars on the island. Take a stroll to visit villages, the local market, or kayak around the island. You can also join a diving school that offers certification at inexpensive rates.
4. Cruise on the MV Ilala
MV Ilala ferry crosses the lake every week stretches across a 300-mile trip. This vessel is equipped with cabin class, first-class, second class, and economy class facilities, along with bars and restaurants and bars. You can get off at any point, or sail the entire route back to the starting point of Monkey Bay.
You can book your journey through a travel operator, or can also get a ticket at the point of departure. The Ilala does not always sail to schedule, and it is not a luxury cruise. It is a sharing boat with hundreds of fellow passengers and freight, but it’s a classic African adventure.
5. Watch out Hippos and Elephants at Liwonde National Park
Being the premier wildlife part of Malawai, Liwonde National Park is a lovely setting along the banks of the Shire River. Here you can watch out hippo pods in the water and large herds of elephants on the side relishing a drink and a splash. This is spread over 220 square miles and boasts impressive birdlife. You can see African fish eagles showcasing their skills and also the rare Pel’s fishing owl.
There are the most adventurous and popular things that you can do and watch in Malawi, South Africa if you’re planning your next vacation to South Africa.