by Philip Briggs 

Malawi Travel Guide – Expert advice and travel tips including Lilongwe hotels and restaurants, Lake Malawi beaches and natural history, folk dancing and culture. This guide also covers birdwatching, hiking, Nyika Plateau, Nkhata Bay, Livingstonia, Likoma Island, Chongoni rock art, Cape Maclear, Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Published:  09th Jul 2019
Size:  135 X 216 mm
Edition:  8
Number of pages:  352
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About this book

This new eighth edition of Bradt’s Malawi remains the only standalone practical guidebook to this magical East African destination, long known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ (and the first country outside Denmark to have a Carlsberg brewery). Malawi is a small country with a big lake – accounting for around a third of its territory – and a big welcome. Written by Philip Briggs, arguably the world’s most experienced guidebook author, this new edition benefits from a thorough country-wide update of all the practical information, with the addition of significant new game park accommodation. Dedicated chapters on background information, health and flora and fauna are complemented by a 19-chapter breakdown of the country and 37 maps, making this an ideal companion for backpackers, over-landers, wildlife spotters, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Included in the guide are the many outstanding adventure opportunities: kayaking on the vast lake amongst dug-out canoes; hikes from tea estates up to the heights Mount Mulanje; and watching the ‘big five’ animals in wonderful natural surroundings. There’s also a resurgent music scene, intriguing monuments built by former colonisers and compelling village culture to discover. With the reintroduction of species including lions – and the recent translocation of large numbers of elephants to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve – Malawi is a wildlife destination to savour. From luxury camps to local guesthouses, from rhino trekking to cycle tours and from crafts to cultural tourism, Bradt’s Malawi covers every aspect of your trip.

About the Author

Philip Briggs (e [email protected]) has been exploring the highways, byways and backwaters of Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. In 1991, he wrote, for Bradt, South Africa, the first such guidebook to be published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela. Over the rest of the 1990s, Philip wrote a series of pioneering Bradt travel guides to destinations that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda (co-authored with Janice Booth), all of which are still in print having gone on to multiple editions. More recently, he authored the first English-language guidebooks to Somaliland and Suriname, as well as a new guide to The Gambia, all published by Bradt. He spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends the rest of his time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy village of Wilderness in South Africa.


‘Briggs’s information is up to date and reliable, and he comes across as an intelligent, courteous traveller who clearly enjoys the country.’ Times Literary Supplement

Recommended reading Wanderlust

Recommended reading National Geographic Traveller magazine

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, History, Government and administration, Economy, People and culture
Chapter 2 Flora and Fauna
Vegetation, Conservation areas, Wildlife
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Safety, Women travellers, What to take, Electricity, Money and banking, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Medical problems, Unusual medical problems, Other safety concerns

Chapter 5 Lilongwe
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators and safari companies, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Sports and swimming, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Short trips from Lilongwe
Chapter 6 Senga Bay and Surrounds
Getting there and around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 7 Dedza and Surrounds
Dedza, Chongoni Rock Art Area, Mua Mission and surrounds
Chapter 8 Lake Malawi National Park
Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear (Chembe), Inside Lake Malawi National Park
Chapter 9 Mangochi and the Southern Lakeshore
Mangochi, From Mangochi to Monkey Bay

Chapter 10 Liwonde
Liwonde Town, Liwonde National Park
Chapter 11 Zomba and Surrounds
Zomba Town, Zomba Plateau, Lake Chilwa, Chikala Pillars
Chapter 12 Blantyre
History, Getting there and away, Orientation and getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators and safari companies, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 13 Mulanje and Surrounds
Mulanje Town, The Mulanje ring road, Mulanje Massif, Thyolo
Chapter 14 Lower Shire Valley
Getting around, Chikwawa, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lengwe National Park, Nchalo Sugar Estate, Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve, Bangula, Nsanje, Elephant Marsh

Chapter 15 Inland from Lilongwe to Mzuzu
Ntchisi Forest Reserve, Kasungu, Kasungu National Park, Mzimba, South Viphya Forest Reserve
Chapter 16 Nkhotakota and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Tourist information, Where to stay, eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Beaches south of Nkhotakota, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Chapter 17 The Lakeshore from Dwanga to Chinteche
Dwangwa, Kande, Bandawe, Chintheche
Chapter 18 The Lake Ferry and the Islands
The Lake Ferry, Likoma Island, Chizumulu Island
Chapter 19 Nkhata Bay
Getting there and away, Tour/activity operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, Around Nkhata Bay Helena will add a section on Usisya rather than attaching it to Ruarwe

Chapter 20 Mzuzu
History, Getting there and away, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 21 Nyika and Vwaza
Rumphi, Nyika National Park, Further afield, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
Chapter 22 Livingstonia and the Northern Lakeshore Resorts
Kandewe Cultural Heritage Site, The lakeshore from Chiweta to Ngala, Livingstonia
Chapter 23 Karonga and the Far North
Karonga, Chitipa, Misuku Hills

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