With Malawi being among some of the least developed countries in the world, its economy is based strongly on agriculture and majority of its population is rural. The country has tackled several big challenges, such as building and expanding the economy, improving education and healthcare, upping environmental protection and becoming financially independent. Since 2005, Malawi has had numerous programmes implemented that confront these issues. The quest to improve life in Malawi seems to be successful thus far, with many improvements in economic development, education and healthcare.
Malawi’s flag consists of three equal horizontal lines of black, red, and green with a red sunrise over the middle of the black stripe. The black is meant to signify the people of Africa, the red signifies the blood shed by those who fought for freedom in Africa, and the green signifies the lush green landscapes, whilst the sun represents the dawn of new freedom and hope for the continent.
Malawi has a very interesting culture, in which the art of dance plays a large part. Traditional music and dances can be witnessed during initiation rites, rituals, marriage ceremonies and celebrations. The indigenous ethnic groups of the country have a solid tradition of basketry and mask carving, some goods of which are utilised in cultural ceremonies performed by the natives. Wood carving and oil painting are popular in more metropolitan areas, with plenty of the stunning handmade goods being sold to tourists.
The people of Malawi are very well-known for being extremely friendly, hospitable, colourful and lively. Meeting with these folk is always a highlight for anyone paying a visit to the country. Therefore, there are now plenty of chances for tourists to spend time in genuine villages (including staying overnight) in order to gain first-hand experiences of the cultures, traditions and lifestyle.
The landscapes of the country are exquisitely beautiful and diverse. Malawi’s tallest peaks reach up to 3,000 metres, and the country is generally quite green and lush, with numerous highlands, forests, mountains plains, escarpments and dramatic river valleys. Spend your time here paying visits to the beautiful Rift Valley, Lake Malawi, Elephant Marsh, and many more tourist attractions that can be pointed out to you by the locals or tour guides.
There is much to do in Malawi, including various boating activities and water sports that take place on Lake Malawi. You could also partake in some freshwater diving at one of the best spots in the world, Nkhata Bay – a real treat for any guest of the country.
Nkhata Bay (Image)