Malawi: Fascinating facts about one of the safest countries in Africa


Known as, ‘the warm heart of Africa’, this country in the southern region of the continent

Malawi is a small, landlocked country in southeast Africa. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest; Tanzania to the northeast; and Mozambique on the east, south, and west.

Known as “the warm heart of Africa,” this country in the southern region of the continent is a top destination.

It’s known for its stunning lake and its friendly people. The wildlife experience here is quieter and more remote than the more famous national parks in Africa.

Danish beer

In 1968, Malawi became the only country outside of Denmark to have a factory for brewing Carlsberg beer.

Every bar and lodge you visit in Malawi will have a cold beer waiting for you.

Calendar Lake

Also known as Calendar Lake, Lake Malawi is very interesting due to its likeness to the yearly calendar.

The lake is 365 miles long and 52 miles at its widest point, and there are 12 main rivers flowing into it, hence the name Calendar Lake.

Lake Malawi is Africa’s third-largest lake and the ninth-largest lake in the world, a huge, empty expanse that borders Mozambique and Tanzania.

Elephant translocation

In July 2016, Malawi underwent Part 1 of the world’s biggest elephant translocation.

In total, 500 elephants are being moved from two of Malawi’s national parks, Majete and Liwonde, to Nkhotakota.

The remaining 250 elephants will be transferred from Majete to Nkhotakota for Part 2 of the translocation.

Part 1 of the translocation saw Prince Harry visit Liwonde and assist African Parks with relocating the first half of the elephants.


Malawi is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. Many countries on the continent have a reputation for violence and crime, and a lot of people are afraid of traveling, especially solo.

The country is also known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” because of the friendly and hospitable nature of the people here.


In 2016, Zomba prison inmates and guards were nominated for a Grammy.

This was the country’s first Grammy nomination. Alas, they did not win, but it put Malawian music on the map.

Chambo fish

The Chambo fish is one of Malawi’s favorite delicacies.

This fish is only found in Malawi and is an endangered species as a result of overfishing and climate change.

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Little Five

The wildlife in Malawi is quite impressive. While most people focus on the “Big Five,” it is the “Little Five” in the country that will charm you.

These are the elephant shrew, the buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise, the ant lion, and the rhino beetle.

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