Malawi is known as the Land of the Lake. Lake Malawi, home to an incredible array of fish species, follows the contours of the Rift Valley along the nation’s eastern border for 363 miles (584 kilometers). To the west of the lake are no fewer than five national parks, four wildlife reserves, and over 70 protected forest reserves. Malawi has stunning topography, ranging from the heights of the grassland-covered Nyika Plateau in the north to the Shire Valley in the south, where the Majete Wildlife Reserve is located. Mt. Mulanje, a spectacular 250-square-mile (650-square-kilometer) massif, rises in dramatic isolation above the Phalombe Plains, southeast of the expedition rendezvous city of Blantyre. It is topped by the 9,850-foot (3002-meter) Sapitwa Peak, the highest point in central Africa.
Majete Wildlife Reserve is home to lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and rhinos, as well as a large number of antelopes and more than 300 species of birds along the Mkurumadzi and Shire Rivers. Take a guided nature walk, birding walk, or night drive, or climb Majete Hill to take in views of the Shire Valley. Or explore attractions such as Kapichira Falls, Murchison Cataracts, and the Shire River, where you can go fishing. Your team may also be invited to visit Ndakwera village, enjoy a traditional dance performance, or tour the local sugar estate and factory.