By Dr Will Dean

Nov 18th 2010

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Malawi is worth seeing

Categories: Malawi

This country is beautiful, and surprises me every day.

Just 45 minutes drive south is Dedza, the next market town along the road to Blantyre. If you turn off the main road and drive on the gravel road a few miles towards the Mozambique border, through villages and around a few hills, you come across an old church where the road ends.

Chongoni Rock Art, Dedza

Beyond this, its only a 30 minute hike up a totally random hill, with a local guide from the village who will spot you and be over to show you the way before you park.

Through a couple of maize fields, up and then to a rocky outcrop.

Chongoni rock art

This is a newly designated UNICEF World Heritage Site, the second in Malawi.

Stunning rock paintings some a few hundred years old. Others a thousand years old. In the middle of a hill, with no-one around. Just stunning.

Of course there is also Liwonde National Park, Mount Mulange, Nyika plateau. And of course Lake Malawi.

Kasankha Bay, and the reflection of a giant baobab

The third largest lake in Africa often seems like the sea. I love heading down when we can for a weekend relaxing by the beach, and enjoying the serenity.

Thumbe island sunset, Cape Maclear

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