Cultural experiences in Malawi
Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Almost any travelling in Malawi will offer insights into the culture and traditions of its notably friendly, courteous and hospitable people. The country is a rich mosaic of traditional dances, rituals, and arts and crafts - it makes for some excellent cultural experiences in Africa.
Nearly all of Malawi's people share a common Bantu origin. The majority of the population is made up of eleven different ethnic groups, each with their own set of cultural norms and practices. The largest ethnic group is the Chewa tribe, and their mother tongue, Chichewa, is the official spoken language of Malawi.
Pass through villages, browse at local markets, or visit an old Christian Mission and embrace and experience the vibrant culture of Malawi. Our recommendations below don't focus on specific aspects of Malawian culture, they are just pointers for where we feel you'll get the best cultural experiences in Malawi.
Malawi's 2 best places for cultural experiences
Kaya Mawa|91% (11 reviews)Likoma Island is home to local villages as well as the lodge. Village tours with a guide can be arranged, or you just set off on foot or bike by yourselves. The community involvement is excellent – Katundu Textiles, started by Kaya Mawa, employs many local people. More about Kaya Mawa
Mua MissionAn old mission station, Mua Mission is a great place to experience a positive, modern African community. The mission has worked closely with its local community for many years, and there are several ongoing projects there – we think it’s well worth a brief visit. More about Mua Mission