Malawi is a small country to the south of Tanzania and east of Mozambique. It is one of Africa's poorest country with one of the worst HIV problems. Despite this, it is an incredible place to visit, with stunning scenery, the friendliest people and a variety of places to see. One fifth of the country is covered by the grand Lake Malawi, formerly known at Lake Nyasa, and it is down its banks that offers some of the best spots to visit in Malawi.
The lake itself is the 3rd largest in Africa, and 8th in the world and has more species of fish than any other lake in the world. The famous explorer David Livingstone was the first European to discover the lake, and it was him who named it Nyasa.
One of the finest ways to see the lake is by taking the Ilala ferry, which travels from the Northern town of Chilumba, to the southern port of Monkey Bay. The ferry also stops at Likoma and Chizumulu islands, two beautiful islands with a population of only 9,000 people. Whilst the islands belong to Malawi, they are in fact surrounded by Mozambique waters. These islands are rarely visited, making them an incredible place to visit for authenticity in this region.
Most of the towns scattered along its banks are small fishing villages, taking advantage of the vast variety and abundant fish that reside there. The people here have become known as the friendliest in Africa, and whilst a lot of them are in poverty, they are exceptionally welcoming and more than happy to talk to you.