Malawi lives up to its reputation as “the warm heart of Africa”. Malawi currently has 9 national parks and wildlife reserves and is considered home to the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest lake and is home to some of the worlds rarest tropical fish and a myriad of bird species. Its dream destination for bird-watchers. scuba divers and kayakers. Malawi is a poor country but regarded as one of Africa’s most peaceful.
Mozambique has a long coastline to the Indian Ocean and is full of endless stretches of white sand, palm-fringed beaches (Tofo is popular) and unexplored offshore reefs and marine marine parks. Its cuisine is spicier, its music more tropical and its pace more laid back than its formerly British neighbours. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.