One of the safest and friendliest countries in all Africa, landlocked Malawi shares borders with Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. It is perfectly described as ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’ and is where the idea for Art Safari was born in 1999.Mary-Anne has since written the Bradt Guidebook to Malawi (4th edition) and for her it’s her second home full of friends who have known her for up to 21 years since her first visit in 1991 following Livingstone’s footsteps.Densely populated for African standards, you’re also bound to meet many new friends amongst the many happy people you meet.This small country is blessed with high mountain plateaus, thriving national parks and game reserves, and stunning Lake Malawi. The variety of landscape and the wildlife make this relatively unspoilt country perfect for escaping to for some sketching and painting, not to mention wonderful photographic opportunities, picture fish eagles hunting on the ‘Lake of Stars’.  A great all year round holiday destination, it’s ideal  for the first time visitor to Africa.

Malawi has nine National Parks and wildlife reserves.  Seek out hippos which are found in large numbers, search for lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino, marvel at the varieties of antelope in beautiful surroundings.  The exhilaration of the boat safaris in Liwonde National Park is hard to beat anywhere in Africa for both game (loads of elephants) and for the startling birdlife.

Lake Malawi is often referred to as the ‘Lake of Stars’ because of the glittering on its surface produced by reflected light.  The third largest lake in Africa, covering about 20 per cent of Malawi, the lake is home to up to a 1000 species of fish, making snorkeling feel like being in a tropical fish-tank.  The Lake is the dominant feature of the country, forming the eastern boundary with Tanzania and Mozambique.

Northern Malawi is mountainous, with the highest peaks reaching over 2500m (8200ft), and features the rolling Nyika Plateau, rugged escarpments, valleys and the thickly forested slopes of the Viphya Plateau. 

Central Malawi is mainly a plateau, over 1000m (3300ft) high, with wonderful upland scenery. This is the country’s main agricultural area.

Southern Malawi is mostly low-lying except for the 2100m- (6890ft-) high Zomba Plateau south of Lake Malawi and the huge, isolated Mulanje Massif (3000m/10,000ft) in the southeast.

For unspoilt wilderness and wildlife discoveries, with or without a sketchbook, Malawi is an Art Safari favourite!

Read about our Art safari to Malawi 2013

To plan a tailormade safari to Malawi contact Close Encounters Africa

Mary-Anne works closely with the Malawi Tourism to promote Malawi.  She also works with conservation organisations in the country and has set up an orphan feeding centre / school in Ulongwe, close to Liwonde National Park as part of Art Safari Charities.

Mtendere orphan feeding & day care centre – supported by Art Safari Charities