Malawi Cultural Tours
Cultural and People
The people of Malawi (Malawians) are, without a shred of doubt, the country’s greatest asset; sociable and hospitable to a fault. Each and Every guest is met with a very warm smile as well as the affection of their welcome is very real and enduring. With a little over 14 million in human population, Malawi is among the densely populated countries within central Africa. The majority of the population is actually rural, staying mainly in mesmerizing traditional villages. Several of today’s people in Malawi are children of the Bantu ethnic group who traveled across Africa and settled in Malawi for several hundred years up to the 15th century.
There is a affluent cultural blend within Malawi and the Chewa are the most abundant tribe. Others people are definitely the Maravi, the Yao as well as the Nyanja. In the north part are the Tumbuka who are outstanding. every tribe has added to the up to date Malawi prospect, no matter whether in language, or dress or even in dance. Masks are frequently used in a variety of dances as well as ceremonies and all these are frequently tribe-particular, and the most well-known being the Gule Wamkulu, done by the Nyau from the Chewa tribe. Traditional doctors (African doctors) continue to draw numerous people moreover the 2 major ‘modern’ religions in the country are Christianity plus Islam, often exhibit a enduring devotion to traditional values.
All tours within Malawi will consist of some aspect of cultural experience with interaction with the local people as part of the fun during your stay. A visit to any of the local village can without difficulty be organized from most of the lodges as well as hotels, whether or not they are in town, on the lakeshore, forest reserve or the National Park. These are at all times genuine villages, whose inhabitants have an reputable relationship with that lodge under consideration, and who meet the interest of visitors in their day to day life. Among the finest Cultural Experiences here in Malawi is a visit to the Ntchisi Forest Reserve.
Places of Interest
When it comes to particular places of historical as well as cultural interest, this country has just a few, among which are the aboriginal mission stations as well as the centres of quality for handicrafts. Of its current bigger towns, Mangochi, Blantyre plus Zomba have several museums, historical buildings as well as monuments. Mzuzu in addition to Lilongwe are of interest because of their markets and in the case of the former, to observe the separation between the Old -Town and the up to date Capital City.
Alongside the Lakeshore, Nkhata Bay as well as Monkey Bay are busy ports, whereas Nkhotakota is of historical importance and today has a well-known pottery. The connection between the missionaries plus the Lake is sturdy, with places of the Livingstonia Mission noticeable by graves at Bandawe as well as Cape Maclear, close to Chintheche, prior to it reaching its last and present location close to Chitimba in the northern part. Across Lake Malawi, Likoma Island is an amazing destination to relate with the local people, and actually marvel at its wonderful missionary-constructed Cathedral which is similar in size as that in Winchester.
imaginative skills, ancient and the latest are on show within and in the region of Dedza. Just North of this town is the impressive Chongoni Rock Art area, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and as well the thickest group of stone -age rock art discovered in central Africa. at the rim of this town is the renowned Dedza Pottery, where today’s craftsmen as well as artists can be observed producing an assortment of items which you will find all over Malawi being sold as well as exported. Artistic expertise is in addition displayed at Mua Mission, from Dedza nearly straight below the escarpment. Mua is one mission station where its students craft the best wood carvings in the entire Malawi, or even in the entire Africa, and as well is also habitat to a charming cultural museum.
Lastly, the huge agricultural estates, the Lower Shire Valley tea estate at Thyolo plus the sugar estate at Dwangwa are fascinating locations to visit. In addition to being able to observe the day to day works, the tea estates specifically have attractive colonial histories worth knowing.