50 Fascinating Facts About Malawi

Africa's Malawi is a tiny landlocked nation in the region known as the Great Lakes Region. Mozambique shares borders with Zambia to the north, Tanzania to the east, and the north and west with the rest of the country. It's no surprise that this country in southern Africa is a popular tourist destination. It is well-known for the beauty of its Lake and the friendliness of its residents. The wildlife encounters in this park are calmer and more secluded than those seen in Africa's most well-known National Parks. Facts you may not know include these.

Fascinating Facts

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Malawi's Lake is a mythical body of water. The Calendar Lake got its name for a very good reason. The Lake resembles the annual calendar rather well. Called Calendar Lake because of the 12 major rivers that drain into it, it is 365 miles long and 52 miles broad at its largest point.
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Located in Mozambique and Tanzania, Lake Malawi is the third-largest Lake in Africa and the ninth-largest Lake globally. Moreover, a fifth of Malawi's land is covered by this Lake.
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Lake Malawi has more fish species than any other lake globally, which is a fascinating statistic. Because the lantern lights from the fishermen's boats looked like the stars in the sky at night, the enigmatic Lake was originally dubbed "The Lake of Stars" by the famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone.
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For the first time outside of Denmark, Malawi is home to a Carlsberg beer manufacturing facility. In 1968, the plant officially opened its doors to the public for the first time. The Danish foreign minister didn't like the beer given to him on his visit to Malawi, so he came up with the idea of building a brewery there. Carlsberg beer in the country is quite affordable because of him.
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Malawians love the Chambo fish, a kind of catfish. Overfishing and climate change have combined to make this fish extinct in its native Malawi.
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Malawi is mostly an agricultural country, with tea and tobacco being its two most important exports. Chai and Sutta is a phrase we hear a lot, and Malawi does them both well!
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Tobacco exports make over half of all country exports. In Malawi, it's referred to as "green gold." Almost all cigarette mixes contain Malawian tobacco, including household names like Marlboro or Camel.
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Malawian tea is well-known all over the world because of its unique flavor. Several well-known tea companies use Malawi tea leaves, including Twinings, PG Tips, and the Five Roses brand.
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Malawi was the site of the world's largest elephant transfer. Five hundred twenty elephants were successfully relocated from Malawi's Majete and Liwonde National Parks to Nkhotakota National Park in 2017.
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Poaching had decimated the elephant and other wildlife populations in Nkhotakota National Park. The goal of this elephant transfer was to assist the park recover from the loss of its elephant population.
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Most individuals are frightened to travel to several nations on the continent because of the stigma attached to crime and violence. Malawians and visitors, however, seem confident about their safety.
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Because of the people's warm and welcoming character, the country is also known as the "Warm Heart of Africa." When a guest comes to Malawi, the locals would go above and beyond to assist them.
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Malawi's fauna and flora are astounding. While most people are interested in The Big 5, you'll be charmed by The Country's Little 5. Elephant Shrew, Buffalo Weaver, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion, and Rhino Beetle are just a few examples.
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Malawi has a little of Scotland to offer. Blantyre, Malawi's second-largest city, was established in 1876 by Scottish immigrants. It was called after David Livingstone's birthplace in Scotland, Blantyre. Livingstone was an intrepid explorer who helped lay down a detailed map of Lake Malawi for the British government. In addition, he battled against the country's slave trade.
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Blantyre is in the Highlands at an altitude that is characteristic of the Scottish environment. One of the reasons Europeans picked this location is the cooler weather compared to the rest of the country.
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Blantyre, Malawi's second-largest city, was founded in 1876 and named after David Livingstone, born in Scotland.
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Malawi became a British protectorate in 1891 as part of the Nyasaland and District Protectorate region.
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Malawi was renamed from Nyasaland in 1964 when Nyasaland achieved total independence.
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The dictatorial President Hastings Banda controlled Malawi for the first 30 years after independence. Since he stepped down from power in the mid-1990s, democratic procedures have strengthened.
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Moreover, a fifth of Malawi's land is taken up by Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa.
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A massive freshwater lake in southern Africa, Lake Malawi is the third largest in Africa and the second-deepest world by volume.
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Nearly all the fish species found in Lake Malawi are unique to the area. It has been likened to the Galapagos Islands in terms of evolutionary studies because of its significance.
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365 miles long & 52 miles broad, Lake Malawi, is known as "the calendar lake" because of its location in Malawi.
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Malawi translates as "flame waters," alluding to the sun setting over Lake Malawi, where the country gets its name.
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Malawians are noted for their warmth and friendliness, earning the nickname "warm heart of Africa."
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Malawi has "the richest concentration of Central African rock art," according to UNESCO. The 127 late Stone Age rock art sites in the UNESCO-listed Chongoni Rock-Art Area (between 50,000 and 39,000 years ago).
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Malawi is the world's third poorest country based on purchasing power parity GDP per capita (PPP).
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Only after reintroducing animals like lions and cheetahs, the UNESCO-designated Majete Wildlife Reserve gain widespread popular praise. After decades of poaching decimated the animal population, the park added lions, making it Malawi's first Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo) wildlife park.
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Only 73 countries have never won an Olympic medal, including Malawi.
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Malawi's President Joyce Banda raised $15 million by selling the country's large presidential plane in 2013.
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Additionally, President Banda reduced her salary by 30%, announced the sale of 35 Mercedes Benz automobiles used by her cabinet, and implemented several other austerity measures to help Malawi's economy.
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In 1991, a 2.4-million-year-old hominid jawbone was found in Malawi, making it the earliest known example of Homo.
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Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, stretching for hundreds of miles.
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It shares a border with Zambia to the north, east, Tanzania, and south, Mozambique.
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To go to Malawi by plane, you'll need to know the coordinates. 13.9500 degrees south, 33.7000 degrees north
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You'll need the international dialing code +265 to contact friends or relatives who are fortunate enough to be in Malawi.
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The landscape consists of undulating plains, some hills, and a few mountains on a thin, extended plateau.
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Approximately 45,747 square miles of Malawi's geographical area is devoted to agriculture (118,484 square kilometers).
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Malawi had an 18.14-million-person population in 2018
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Lilongwe, the country's capital, is home to the country's 989,318 residents (2018).
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Life expectancy is 63.22 years on average in this region (2016)
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Malawi was the first African country to commercially grow tea and home to the first Carlsberg brewery outside Denmark. Malawi's national football team has made Carlsberg its official drink.
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Malawi has a subtropical climate with a rainy season lasting from November to May, pleasant for locals.
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Malawi's official language is English, as it is in many other African countries. It does make things a lot easier!
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Remember to bring Malawian Kwacha, the local money, when you go out for your delectable fish meals and a cup of tea.
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Tea, sugar, tobacco, and sawmill goods are the mainstays of the local economy.
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Malawi is a small landlocked country in southern Africa with a population of about 10 million people. A landlocked country lacks access to the open sea since it is encircled by land. 45 countries are landlocked, including five that are only partially recognized as independent governments.
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Over 50,000-year-old human cultural artifacts have been discovered in Malawi. Fossilized Homosapiens fossils, on the other hand, are just 8,000 to 2,000 years old.
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Before Europeans arrived in Malawi, Bantu-speaking tribes inhabited the area between the 1st century BC and the 4th century BC and ruled it until they arrived.
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The east coast of Mozambique was the entry point for Portuguese explorers in the 17th century. Between 1790 and 1860, the slave trade in the area saw remarkable growth.

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