Zambia & Malawi: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Zambia & Malawi guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Places in Malawi
Southern Malawi is home to the country's commercial capital, and receives the highest proportion of foreign visitors who venture here to scale the country's mountains and watch wildlife in an incredibly diverse landscape. To the east, on the border with Mozambique, and flanked by emerald-green tea plantations, is mist-shrouded Mt Mulanje, Malawi’s highest peak.
This small corner of Malawi is chiefly famed for its dazzling white beaches and scattering of desert islands. Backpackers’ mecca Cape Maclear is the first to spring to mind; a sunny peninsula where travellers slip into a daze of snorkelling, sunbathing and laid-back village life. And just over the water is the idyllic Mumbo Island, home to one of Malawi's top ecolodges.
A long stretch of powder-fine sand bookended by mountains and lapped by dazzling water, Cape Maclear deserves all the hype thrown at it. By day the bay glitters a royal blue, studded by nearby islands and puttering, crayon-coloured fishing boats. On shore women wash clothes, dry fish, and nautical types spread out vermilion nets to dry.