Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi in East-Central Africa. Lilongwe itself is in central Malawi, right near where the Malawian border runs into both Zambia and Mozambique. The city is divided into the old town and the new city, with the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary in between. The Garden City, as it is known, has a lot of greenery all over and offers quaint attractions like an African market and a tobacco auction market. The real attractions, though, are the national parks, wildlife reserves and forest reserves all around. Lilongwe is a major gateway into the country for tourists looking to enjoy the lakeshore pleasures of Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa. A lot of ground needs to be covered to see all this, so you will need to rent a car in Lilongwe.
There are three agencies in the city offering a car rental in Lilongwe for visitors. One agency provides service at Lilongwe International Airport (LLW). You can ask around after you arrive, but it would be so much more convenient and cheaper to book it online now and have a vehicle waiting when you arrive. Just select your pick-up and drop-off points and one click will get you a quick comparison of all four agencies. Select the deal you like and book your car right now.
An attractions tour in Lilongwe is actually made up of three different parts. One is a visit to the old town, where you will find attractions like the African market, a couple of mosques and local food and clothing stores. The second part is the new capital city, which has the large city center and the surrounding modern buildings and government offices including Capitol Hill. The third leg of your tour is the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, sandwiched in between the old town and new city. Do not miss the wildlife center within, which rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals.
Wildlife safaris are the main reason most people come to this part of Africa, although Malawi is often overshadowed in this regard by larger neighbors like Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. But the central Malawi region around Lilongwe still has a lot going for it. You can head out for bird watching and nature tours into rainforests like Ntchisi Forest Reserve. For a big game safari, head into Nkhotakota Game Reserve where you may get to see elephants, buffalos, antelope, and the odd leopard or two. The Kasungu National Park is likewise teeming with antelope and buffalo herds, and you may also spot elephants, leopards and hyenas.
Putting aside the big game safaris for a moment, you could just as well get a car for hire in Lilongwe and head out for a scenic road trip along the shores of Lake Malawi. It takes a full 10 hours to get from Nkopola on the southern end of the lake in Malawi to Kyela in Tanzania at the other end. In between, you can stop at destinations like Nkhotakota, Mzuzu, and Karonga and enjoy their lakeshore attractions.
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