Africa

Malawi

The Basics

Currency
Malawian Kwacha
Language
English
Religions
Christian 83%
Muslim 13%
None 2%
Other 2%

Home to at least a dozen distinct people groups, Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Wide varieties of cuisine and breathtaking views make Malawi a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else on earth.

However, the people of Malawi are dying.

One in ten adults live with HIV/AIDS, and 70% of all of Malawi’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from this sickness.

The epidemic has caused overcrowded orphanages, a lack of workers to harvest food, and an attitude of hopelessness.

The people of Malawi need hope. Will you share it with them?

Culture
For men, handshakes tend to be firm and very often linger a bit. In order to show respect, people sometimes hold their wrists with their left hands when greeting. For women greeting women, a bow or handshake is appropriate. Sometimes with other women, you can show high respect by placing your left hand on the right elbow when handshaking and bowing.

Depending on what tribal or religious group you are around, people tend to speak very close to each other. Generally, an arm’s length is appropriate.

It is rude to make too much eye contact with elders. Women generally don’t look at men when talking with them.
Explore
Malawi boasts of some of the finest beaches in the world, one of which is located at Cape Maclear. Take a kayak out into bright blue water and experience all the beauty.

Liwonde National Park hosts the big five. Take a river safari through the park and look closely for lions.

Climb Mulanie Massif and Sapitwa Peak—the highest point in Malawi.

Go explore the capital, Lilongwe, its old town, and markets. You'll come away with a great sense of the history and culture of this beautiful country.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Malawi

Upcoming Malawi Trips

These trips help make a difference in this country by serving alongside local ministries. You can join them!

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