Gemma SmithMalavi, Africa

Malawi:The Beating Heart of Africa

Gemma SmithMalavi, Africa
Malawi:The Beating Heart of Africa

Having been lucky enough to explore a great part of the globe as a product manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, I have visited many beautiful, fascinating and culturally inspiring places in my five years with the company. Many people ask where my favourite place to date is, a tough question, but my mind always wanders to a real gem of destination, where the welcome is so warm it will melt your heart, and a land of great beauty and diversity. I am of course talking about Malawi, a tiny country by African standards, located in south-central Africa and dominated by the stunning Lake Malawi and the Great Rift Valley. During my 8 day trip I was in awe of the ever-changing scenery, from the lush green leafy Zomba Plateau, where there are some really spectacular walks, to the stunning and seamlessly endless tea estates. Here locals will be all too pleased to tell you about the fascinating harvesting process, its back breaking work but they do it with a smile.

 

Thyolo Tea Estate – Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium

We would stop frequently to meet the locals and in particular the children, who approach with beaming smiles. They are fascinated by having their photo taken, then looking back at the footage. Their laughter is infectious as we play football, maybe at me as I miss the ball at every opportunity! And what trip to Africa would be without a wildlife experience. We arrive at Liwonde National Park by riverboat, and what an incredible experience in itself, having just seen great pods of hippopotamus and herds of elephants lining the banks of the river. The park is one of the most attractive and is lush green with a great abundance of elephant, antelope, impalas, waterbuck, warthog and a great number of monkeys and wonderful birdlife. Although not teeming with all of the Big Five, I would choose a beautiful location and animals in their abundance any day over vast desolate plains with possible Big Five sightings.

 

Thyolo Tea Estate – Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium

And the lasting great feature of this destination is the stunning Lake Malawi, which could easily be mistaken for a great ocean. Here the scenery reminded me of my travels through South East Asia, this area has a tranquil, laidback vibe and everyone seems to be taking life at a much slower pace than the rest of the world and did I mention beautiful… and this I believe creates the perfect ambience for the final part of what was a wonderful trip.

 

Lake Malawi – Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium

I would recommend Malawi to anyone, and if you want to experience Africa at the mildest, friendliest, safest and in simply stunning landscape, then this is certainly the destination for you. For more information about this Malawi walking holiday click here to get in touch with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.