Malawi is located in Southern Africa just east of Zambia. The country is 118, 480 sq km and is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. The country is elongated in shape and shares borders with Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. The capital city is Lilongwe and the national population is just over 13 million.
Malawi: Climate and Landscape
Malawian climate is sub- tropical with a rainy season running from November to May and a dry season from April to October. Lake Malawi, 580 km long is by far the most prominent physical feature in this country. The country is mainly a plateau with a few rolling hills and small mountains.
Places to Visit in Malawi
Though landlocked, Lake Nyasa and Malawi are among the sites of several national parks. Malawi has many species to offer tourists and has no less than nine national parks. Tourists visiting Malawi can get to see Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, primates and many more animals in their natural habitat.
Malawi: People and Language
The official Malawian language is English while Chichewa is the national language. The country is home to many ethnicities including Chinyanja, Chiyao, Chitumbuka, Chisena, and European among others.
Other Facts from Malawi
Malawi’s main natural resources include bauxite, coal, limestone, uranium deposits and hydroelectricity. The country’s literacy rate is 62% and the majority above 15 years old can read and write. With a large portion of the population reliant on farming pressure on agricultural lands poses a problem in Malawi. In addition to that, like much of sub-Saharan Africa HIV/AIDS remains an imminent threat. The country remains among the least developed globally with as much as 90% of the population living in rural areas.