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Bradt's Malawi by Africa expert Philip Briggs is the only standalone practical guide to 'Africa's best kept secret' and offers detailed, comprehensive information to suit the needs of every wanderer. This fully revised and updated 7th edition offers extensive practical information, all the latest cultural and political developments, plus a 19-chapter, in-depth breakdown and coverage of the country to cater for all interests and budgets. Malawi is increasingly covered in the media as a holiday destination and this guide reflects its position as an up-and-coming destination for bird watchers, safari enthusiasts, trekkers, beach seekers, kayakers, rock climbers, scuba divers, families, and backpackers alike. As 'the Warm Heart of Africa', Malawi is noted for the welcoming, friendly demeanour and colourful culture of its people which makes a 'Big 5' safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve and kayaking the palm-fringed Likoma Island magnificent footnotes to a Malawian adventure. From trekking the rugged, rural wilderness of Mount Mulanje to relaxing at Lake Malawi's beachside luxury resorts, Malawi is the textbook destination for those seeking an exotic African experience without the crowds.
Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 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 PART TWO LILONGWE AND SOUTH-CENTRAL MALAWI 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 PART THREE SOUTHERN MALAWI 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 PART FOUR NORTH-CENTRAL MALAWI 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 Dwangwa to Chintheche 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 PART FIVE NORTHERN MALAWI 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 Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information Index
Philip Briggs is the world's foremost travel writer specialising in Africa. Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, he first backpacked between Nairobi and Cape Town in 1986 and has been travelling the highways and byways of Africa ever since. Published in 1991, his Bradt guide to South Africa was the first such guidebook to be published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela. Over the rest of the 1990s, he wrote a series of pioneering Bradt 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). Philip has visited more than two dozen African countries in total and written about most of them, whether it be for guidebook publishers or for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.
"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