Top things to do in Northern Malawi

Top Choice Museum in Karonga

Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga

This museum, off the M1, celebrates the numerous fossil discoveries made in these parts, and the skeleton of the Malawisaurus (or a copy of it, anyway) takes pride of place. Visits take the form of a guided tour, wi…
Top Choice Italian in Mzuzu

Macondo Camp

This Italian restaurant offers treats such as homemade pasta made daily, Parmesan flown from Italy and monthly live music on the stoep. Dishes include pizza, steaks, spring rolls and the ever-popular ravioli with bl…
Top Choice Thai in Nkhata Bay

Kaya Papaya

Close to the harbour, with a big upstairs balcony overlooking the main street, Kaya Papaya has an appealing Afro-Asian-fusion chic that's matched by a menu of zesty salads, pizza and Thai fare such as green curry, c…
National Park in Northern Malawi

Nyika National Park

Malawi's oldest reserve is easily one of the most magical experiences in any trip to the country. Towering over 2000m above sea level, the Nyika Plateau is enigmatic; one moment its rolling grasslands recall the Yor…
Church in Likoma Island

Cathedral of St Peter

Likoma's huge Anglican cathedral (1911), said to be the same size as Winchester Cathedral, should not be missed. Its stained-glass windows, crumbling masonry and sheer scale are testament to the zeal of its missiona…
Cultural in Northern Malawi

Malipenga Dance Season

Around northern towns such as Nkhata Bay and Karonga, locals celebrate both the end of the harvest and their Tonga culture with malipenga dances. Malipenga imitates military drills: it was devised by northerners who…
Wildlife Reserve in Northern Malawi

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve

This 1000-sq-km reserve isn't on the mainstream tourist track, but its plentiful wildlife means it shouldn’t be overlooked. As well as a plethora of antelopes – pukus, impalas, roans and kudus, to name a few – there…
Museum in Livingstonia

Stone House Museum

The fascinating museum in Stone House (once the home of Livingstonia founder Dr Robert Laws, and now a national monument) tells the story of the European arrival in Malawi and the first missionaries. Here you can re…
Waterfall in Livingstonia

Manchewe Falls

This impressive waterfall thunders 125m into the valley below, about 4km from Livingstonia (towards the lake). Follow a small path behind the falls and there’s a cave where, so the story goes, local people once hid …
Coffee in Mzuzu

Mzuzu Coffee Den

This cafe with two-tone furniture is the local hangout of choice – use the wi-fi and enjoy a cafetière or cappuccino of the strong 'n' sweet local coffee. Dishes such as burgers, chambo and sweet-and-sour chicken ar…