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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Malawi
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; Fifth edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184162313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Briggs's information is up to date and reliable, and he comes across as an intelligent, courteous traveler who clearly enjoys the country.’Times Literary Supplement

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Malawi--"the land of the lake"--is a dream destination for any traveler. Lush vegetation spreads out from the calm shores of Lake Malawi, developing into rolling plateaux and massifs that are ripe for exploration. Nature lovers have no fewer than five national parks and four game reserves to explore, while adventurers can kayak off Cape Maclear, hike up Mount Mulanje and cross the wildlife-rich Nyika Plateau on horseback.
From breathtaking sunsets over the lakes to the stunning birdlife and grunting hippos of Liwonde National Park, the hidden treasures of this English-speaking republic are revealed by Briggs and Bartlett. Prepare to be charmed by a country that lends itself perfectly to easy, independent travel.
*Take a boat trip on Lake Malawi
*Sample fried caterpillars and sleep in lake lodges
*Check out Malawi's dynamic music scene
*Explore Dedza, Elephant Marsh and other remote gems
*Move from mazungu to bwenzi using the Chichewa language section
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

African travel specialist Philip Briggs has been exploring the highways, byways and backwaters of the world's most challenging and exciting continent since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. In 1991, he wrote the Bradt Guide to South Africa, the first such guidebook to be published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela.

Over the rest of the 1990s, Philip wrote a series of pioneering Bradt Guides to destinations that were then - and in some cases still are - otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda (co-authored with Janice Booth), all of which are now in their 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th edition.

Philip has visited more than two dozen African countries, and written about most of them, whether it be for guidebook publishers such as AA, APA-Insight, Berlitz, Camerapix, Dorling Kindersley, Frommers, Struik-New Holland and 30 Degrees South, or for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.

He still spends at least four months on the road every year, and spends his rest of the time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy dorp of Bergville, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region of South Africa. He is married to the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen and lives with three dogs and a cat. When not obssessing over some or other aspect of African history, culture, wildlife or travel, Philip's interests include music, reading and walking.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Phillips on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
This guide is one of very few devoted entirely to Malawi and the 4th edition was just published in 2006! With information about all types of travel (budget to 4 star hotel; safaris, overland trips, and rental car excursions) and a detailed chapter on the history and culture of Malawian people, this book will prepare anyone, first-timer to veteran, for an engaging, well-informed trip to the "warm heart of Africa."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on December 29, 2008
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Malawi is a small country by African standards, and has no high-profile star attractions.
Few tourists visit more places than some beach resorts along the shores of its huge lake.

Considering the above, the wealth of info on potential destinations included in this book is stunning.
Not only is pretty much every sizeable town described, so are plenty of rural areas, notably obscure forest reserves, marshes and small lakes.
The info on the country's wildlife and national parks is truly in-depth and very interesting. So is the background information on culture and history. Very good list of bokks recommended for further reading at the back.

Also, all the practical details (with prices) on accommodation and transport options you might find in better-known series like Lonely Planet (which no longer publishes a separate Malawi guide).

In fact, the only disadvantage of this book might just be that with all the recommendations, it might make you spend much longer in Malawi than you had originally planned! ;-)
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By Michael L on February 3, 2014
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I was between voting 3 and 4 stars on this and have chosen 4 because it's still useful regardless of its faults. We spent over a month all over southern Malawi and consulted this regularly. The problem is that the phone numbers are out of date and some of the info is inaccurate but that's not the fault of the author since the area keeps changing so often.
If you're going to Malawi you should definitely get these guides but make sure you purchase the newest version to get the most accurate info you can get. This is already outdated.
While the info can be outdated, phone numbers incorrect, business hours incorrect, etc. The maps and suggestions are invaluable. I'd suggest getting ideas from this and then doing research in the area to make sure the hours or phone numbers are right. In other words, don't completely trust the business hours, phone numbers, or addresses but definitely trust this as a source of suggestions for attractions as well as travel tips. The businesses there change so often that you can't blame a book for inaccurate addresses, hours and numbers. While we were there in the course of a month two businesses moved locations, four changed hours, and many had canceled their phones or changed their numbers.
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By Nerd101 on April 8, 2012
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There is a ton of good information in this book. If you are going to travel to Malawi its a must have.
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