Outdoor Activities of Malawi

Mountain Climbing
Rising up to 3,000 metres, Mount Mulanje is one of Malawi’s most spectacular sights, with its highest peak being Sapitwa at 3,002 mtrs. The mountain covers an area of more than 1,000 sq km. On its slopes grow the Mulanje cedars, some of them over 200 years old. Deep gorges, impressive waterfall and trout streams cut their paths from its heights, while in the lush foothills are tea plantations. The Chambe, west face direct, is claimed to be one of the longest rock climbs in Africa, offering 1675mtrs of roped climbing. There are a couple of regular routes climbed, starting at Likhubula Forestry Station these are the Skyline Path to Chambe Basis and the Lichenya Path to Lichenya Plateau.

Horse Riding
Various horse riding safaris are on offer on the Nyika Plateau, an ideal way to explore the area as many parts are inaccessible to vehicles. There is also a Gymkhana club on Zomba plateau and it is possible to arrange horse riding.

Golf is a popular pastime with the ex-patriots and locals and there is an excellent 18-hole golf course in Lilongwe with a club house and swimming pool. There are also 9-hole courses in Blantyre, Dedza, Limbe, Mzuzu, Zomba and at Kamuzu Academy. Caddies are available for hire and some places hire golf clubs. Some courses do have a dress code.

Scuba Diving
The most popular spots are Nkhata Bay on the northern lakeshore and Cape Maclear in the southern part of the lake. The best time of the year to dive is from August to December. Water temperatures vary from 22?C to 27?C and visibility ranges from 5 to 30 mtrs. With more than 500 different species of fish, warm, clear waters and safe conditions the lake is ideal for divers. Courses are available for beginners and equipment is available for hire for experienced divers.

Malawi’s highland areas offer unrivalled opportunities for those wanting to explore the country on foot. Mount Mulanje and Zomba Plateau, in particular are favourites for hikers and mountain climbers alike. In some of the game parks, particularly the Nyika National Park, walking safaris are available under the protection of a game guard.

Malawi may be landlocked but, for the angler, the Lake, together with a surprising variety of river conditions, makes the country a most rewarding destinations.

In Lake Malawi itself have evolved more than 400 species of fish, of which 95% are found nowhere else. The Lake also contains many kinds of game fish too – Tiger Fish, ncheni, and Lake Salmon, mpasa, an even doughtier fighter confined to the centre and north, providing some of the most exciting sport.
The fish in Lake Malawi have always been a major source of food for many local people but over fishing has become a major problem – fish like Chambo, once abundant, are now scarce and if caught, very small.

Bird Watching
Malawi is a small country, it has a prolific birdlife with over 500 species of bird to be found within the country. Most species breed in Malawi but some migrate from Europe and Asia to spend the rainy season in Malawi, with some species preferring to spend the dry months in other areas of Africa.

The rocky hills of the Lakeshore and Dowa and Dedza are the best spaces to spot birds of prey, including the black eagle, lanner and peregrine falcon.
Other species found in the country include; Stierling’s woodpecker, olive headed weaver, lesser seadcracker, hornbills, starlings, guinea fowl, cuckoo, bush-shrike, kingfishers, hoopoes, hamerkop, herons, bee eaters and many more.

The Lake provides ideal sailing conditions, with no tides or currents, and a fairly consistent south-easterly wind from February to October. This wind, known locally as the ‘Mwera’, is strongest from August to September, and is replaced by a stronger, but less predictable northerly, the ‘Mpoto’, between November and January. The calmest months are December to March but rough, windy weather can occur unexpectedly at any time. Sailing boats and dinghies are available for hire at Nkopola Lodge, Club Makolola and Livingstonia Beach Hotel.

Football Association of Malawi
The Malawi national football team, nicknamed The Flames, is the national team of Malawi and is controlled by the Football Association of Malawi. The Association is affiliated to the Confederation of African Football, FIFA and COSAFA.

It is funded by the Government of Malawi, though it has already embarked on its own fundraising actvities. Bodies affiliated to the Football Association are: Super League of Malawi (SULOM), Coaches Association Of Malawi, and also Referees Association Of Malawi.