Malawi

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MALAWI lies along the southern and western shores of the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi. It bounded by Tanzania and Zambia to the north and northwest and Mozambique to the south and east.

This narrow country is only a little over 800 kilometers or 496 miles long and up to 160 kilometers or 99 miles to its fullest. It was formerly the British colony of Nyasaland (“Land of the Lake”) and was given its name by the 19th-century explorer, David Livingstone.

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Its geography is dominated by Lake Malawi, which straddles the eastern border with Tanzania and Mozambique. To the south of the lake, the Shire river flows through a valley, overlooked by wooded, towering mountains.

In general, it is moving from south to north – the landscape changes from the plateau to the mountains. Malawi can boast most of the larger animal species found elsewhere in Africa as well as an abundance of birds, reptiles, and insects.

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The tropical climate has a dry season from May to October and a wet season for the remaining months. Malawi has a mainly agricultural economy, and many Malawians live off their crops. Exports include tea grown on the terraced hillsides in the south and tobacco grown on the central plateau plus peanuts, sugar, and maize.

Lake Malawi supports a growing fishing industry. The country has bauxite and coal deposits, but due to the inaccessibility of their locations, mining is limited.

Hydroelectricity now used for the manufacturing industry, but imports of manufactured goods remain high. Malawi’s diverse landscape and an enormous variety of wildlife have made it a popular tourist destination, but it remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

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