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Mulanje Mountain

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Malawi is indeed the Warm heart of Africa, Sapitwa is the original name of the whole Mulanje Mountain says a female Sapitwa healer when asked the name the ancestors of the land gave the mountain. The elevation of the mountain is great enough for it to disturb upper level air flow and form its own microclimate making it an important source of water for almost every river that runs through this part of Malawi.
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It is a 7 hour hike, but it was really beautiful. You start off going through tea plantations which are gorgeous. Our path took us through wild flower and butterfly covered hillsides, pine and eucalyptus forest, it was stunning. Even when you tired and you think you can't go any further just thinking about the view you will get when you get to the top is just worth taking one more step. Its great when you get the these little pit stops because the people there are all so welcoming and they always take care for you making sure you have water, food and you have a fire going to keep warm.
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Getting to the top you can feel the air around you leave your body fast because you're trying to gasp for more, when I finally got to the top I could not believe my eyes I wish I could look at this view everyday it's amazing because not even my dramas could have imagined something so exquisite and heart warming. I stayed as long as I could with my hot chocolate in both hands watching the sun start to set, till it came time to go back down before it was to dark. I truly enjoyed my journey and the lovely memories of the people that I have meet. Thank you Malawi.

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The Sunny Shore of Lake Malawi

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Lake Malawi is a beautiful freshwater lake that takes up about a third of the landlocked country of Malawi in Central/Southern Africa. (hence sometimes known as the "calendar lake"). The waters are mostly calm, clear as crystal and there are no big tourist resorts anywhere along its coastline. While you can sail, fish, ride horses and water-ski around the lake, everything is low-key, quite affordable and relaxed. The sunsets are spectacular, the locals are incredibly friendly.

It’s strange that this giant blue lake, approximately 600km by 80km, isn’t the ocean. Snorkelling around I keep thinking I’ll bump into a shark, a croc or a hippo at least. However, it’s way too deep for hippos, there are no sharks to be found in a land-locked, freshwater body of blue, and unfortunately, humans killed off the crocs years ago. So looks like I’m safe.

I moved to the more upmarket Mumbo Island, which is surrounded by huge granite boulders submerged in crystal-clear water. The views are stunning from every point, even underwater. I wish I had a water-proof camera to share this under-water wonderland with you. In my efforts to get to know the island, I swam around the smaller wedge of the island, canoed around the whole island, and took a walk which revealed the staff gym.

Malawi is a truly beautiful place with wonderful people I would love to visit once more .

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Southern Lake Shore:
The southern lake shore is the most popular area of the lake, you should check out:

  • Senga Bay -- Close to Lilongwe, the beaches are good, but the lake can get rough.
  • Mangochi area - Easy to get to from Blantyre, several of the bigger lodges are here. Beaches are perfect and the lake is calm.
  • Cape Maclear - Backpackers heaven, calm waters, nice snorkeling and diving around the rocks of Otters Point and off Mumbo Island.
  • Monkey Bay - Useful as a transport hub and to get provisions. You'll have to walk to get to a good beach.
  • Nkudzi Bay and Namaso Bay - are perfect, rent a house from an expat.

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Nyika Plateau National Park Malawi

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Nyika is Malawi’s largest park with an area of no less than 1250 sq. miles (3200 sq. km). It extends across the great plateau which is essentially a granitic dome and its environment is like none other in the whole of Africa. The name, Nyika, means "where the water comes from" and it is, indeed, one of Malawi’s most important areas. The rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons.
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For the birdwatcher, the park has a lot to offer: over 400 species have been recorded. The rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane are among those to be seen, as is the red-winged francolin - endemic to Nyika. There is such a lot to see in the vast park: waterfalls, a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’ are just some of the attractions.
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Nyika is wonderful for trekking and mountain biking, The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa and there are a number of species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Elephants and buffalo usually keep to the lower ground on the northern edge of the park but lions and elephants have recently been seen on the high plateau. Watch as herds of Crawshay’s zebra crest a hilltop while grazing on the rolling grasslands of Nyika Plateau.

Overall, the trip was a pleasant surprise as Nyika provided us with a wonderful safari in a stunning setting.

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Sources

Websites

"Malawi Weather and Climate." Expert Africa. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

Park, Madison. "5 Reasons Malawi Is Africa's next Go-to Destination." CNN. CNN, 7 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
"Mountain Club of Malawi." Mountain Club of Malawi. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

"Lake Malawi (Malawi)." About.com Travel. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.

Marcus. "Magical Moments in Malawi." N.p., 2 Aug. 2012. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

"Malawi." Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.

"Malawi." Britannica. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.

Photos

MULANJE MOUNTAIN. 2015. Malawi, n.p.

Top View of Mulanje Mountain. 2015. N.p.

Malawi Lake. 2013. Malawi.

NATIONAL PARK MALAWI. 2014. NYIKA PLATEAU, Malawi.

NATIONAL PARK MALAWI. 2013. NYIKA PLATEAU, Malawi.

NATIONAL PARK MALAWI. 2015. NYIKA PLATEAU, Malawi.

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