Central Malawi attractions

Museum in Mua

Chamare Museum

If you only visit one thing here, make it the Chamare Museum, beautifully decorated with murals depicting scenes from Malawian history. The first room covers the history of Mua and the Roman Catholic Church in Malaw…
Notable Building in Mua

Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

Part of the Mua Mission, this fascinating cultural centre is made up of several exhibitions, workshops and even a botanic garden. Set up in 1976 by a Canadian, Father Claude Boucher (who still directs the centre), i…
National Park in Cape Maclear

Lake Malawi National Park

Much of the area around Cape Maclear, including several offshore islands, is part of Lake Malawi National Park, one of Africa's few freshwater aquatic parks and a Unesco World Heritage Site. When organising activiti…
Wildlife Reserve in Central Malawi

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Comprising 1800 sq km of rough, inhospitable terrain – dense miombo (moist woodland), bush and evergreens – and a couple of navigable roads, this reserve has been undergoing a renaissance. Once poached, abandoned an…
Church in Mua

Mua Mission Church

Ask at the Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art for the key to this brick building dating to 1907. The exterior has carved wooden doors and painted panels depicting scenes from Malawian history. In the imposing tin-r…
Beach in Senga Bay

Fishing Village

Life in Senga Bay revolves around the sea, and there's always something happening on the beach. Go early in the morning to see the boats coming in from night fishing, fish being auctioned and locals of all ages gett…
Gallery in Mua

Kungoni Art Gallery

Show­cases woodcarvings and other artwork, such as painting and embroidery. Proceeds from sales go to the local artists behind the artworks; their portraits hang above the door.
Aquarium in Senga Bay

Stuart M Grant Tropical Fish Farm

About 10km south of Senga Bay is Stuart Grant’s tropical fish farm, which breeds and exports cichlids. If you’re interested you can do a half-hour tour of the farm and its several hundred tanks.
Gallery in Mua

Carving Workshop

You can watch talented artists carving exquisite sculptures at this workshop, which doubles as a centre where experienced carvers train new recruits.
Cemetery in Cape Maclear

Missionary Graves

Just before the Lake Malawi National Park gate is a sign pointing to a path, which leads towards the hills overlooking the bay. A few hundred metres up is a memorial (vandalised, sadly) and a plaque on the rock, mar…