Cultural experiences in Malawi
Almost any travelling in Malawi can offer insights into the country's culture and traditions - as most of Malawi's people are notably friendly, courteous and hospitable. African cultural experiences are everywhere in Malawi; it's so densely populated that travellers can't help but interact with lots of Malawians during a holiday here.
All of Malawi's people share a common Bantu origin. 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 to experience some of 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|93% (15 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