I was very fortunate to get to go to Malawi (Africa) on a three week holiday, my Fiancee is over there doing six months of volunteer working/University lecturing and orginised a big tour of some of the National Parks and Game reserves. I got to see pretty much from South to North, East to West and it is an experience I will never forget.
No hunting is allowed in Malawi, wild animals have been wiped out pretty much everywhere except the National Parks and Reserves where they are kept under close watch by heavily armed Rangers who do a fantastic job. At Nyika National Park I was lying on top of a large rock setting my video camera up to take a time lapse of the sunset and two rangers appeared from nowhere as they thought I could be a poacher scoping out the game! These guys spend a week at a time living under the stars patrolling the Parks.
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Liwonde National Park
Lake Malawi National Park
Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve
Nyika National Park
Impala, Kudu, Nyala, Bush Buck, Water Buck, Reed Buck, Sable, Roan, Puku, Eland and Common Duiker
Four types of Mongoose
Many many bird species.
Also saw Lion foot prints, Leopard foot prints and scat, Rhino dung and prints. Had a Zebra right outside bedroom window one night.
The people of Malawi are very friendly and the scenery is stunning.
Like many African countries it is also incredibly poor and the extremes in living conditions was quite overwhelming, a big reminder just how lucky I am.