Malawi's Sports & Wellness
Although Malawi makes a perfect adventure destination, it also has a number of sport and leisure activities available in parts of the country. There are a few golf courses dotted around the country and although the ‘country clubs’ in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu have sand greens, there are a couple of very picturesque (all grass!) 9-hole courses in the south of the country. The golf course at Chimwenya Game Park, just to the south-east of Blantyre, has wildlife wandering the fairways. Whilst, on the Mangochi Lakeshore, the course at The Makokola Retreat lies alongside Lake Malawi and has hosted tournaments for international golf professionals.
For those looking for more leisurely relaxation, there are a few Wellness activities available and an increasing number of lodges and hotels have spas. Most of the larger city centre hotels have gym & spa facilities and a few of the lakeshore lodges have spas whilst some organise yoga retreats, including at the Mangochi Lakeshore, Marelli Islands, Chintheche, the Lake Malawi National Park and inland at Ntchisi Forest Reserve.
Other sports, such as tennis, volleyball and football are available at some lodges, particularly those on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Places to Find Sports & Wellness
The largest urban area in Malawi, the conurbation of Blantyre & Limbe, is the country’s commercial capital.
Chimwenya Game Park is a serene, beautiful and privately owned 500 acre game park, in one of the last remaining indigenous forests inteh Shire HIghlands.
Chintheche offers some of the best beaches on Lake Malawi, with a collection of luxury lodges right by the shore.
Lake Malawi National Park is the world's first freshwater national park and world heritage site, situated at Cape Maclear.
Lilongwe is Malawi’s capital. The Old Town is distinct and has the appearance of a traditional African settlement, whilst the City has much in common with other twentieth century urban developments around the world.
The Mangochi Lakeshore is a strip of southern Lake Malawi where many popular hotels and resorts offer beachside accommodation.
The Marelli Islands group, consist of three uninhabited islands that are protected as part of the Lake Malawi National Park. They are 3 km from the Senga Bay shore.
Ntchisi Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining indigenous rainforest in Malawi. Some trees tower thirty metres overhead.
Malawi's Other Experiences
Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago.
Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is teeming with wildilfe and big game, in no less than nine National Parks & Wildlife Reserves.
Malawi has a massive diversity of beautiful landscapes. The highest peaks in Malawi touch 10 000ft (3 000m) while the lowest point is barely above sea level.
The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile.
Malawi has much offer when it comes to events, with musical, cultural and sporting events throughout the year.