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Flick through the brochures bright and topics are thick and fast. Malawi is “the warm heart of Africa” or “Africa for beginners”, and the lake the lake of stars. Everything seems too good to be true, but, with breathtaking scenery and varied and very friendly local people, together with the relative ease of travel here, Malawi really live up to expectations.

Great attraction is Lake Malawi: a magnificent piece of crystal clear water stretches some 500 kilometers from Malawi’s eastern border, separating it from the wild and mountainous coast of Mozambique and Tanzania. Pepper isolated villages of northern lake and Liwonde National Park lies at its southern end. About 500 species of fish inhabit the freshwater lake and diving and snorkeling are excellent. Malawi is not only for water babies and sun, though, there is much here to stay active and Malawi’s landscape is surprisingly diverse. None of the heights of Mount Mulanje fog or Nyika National Park, which offers steep cliffs, dramatic peaks, endless rolling grasslands and some of the nicest walking trails throughout the African continent.

Many travelers just pass through the country for a couple of days, the intention of racing across Africa, places of interest ‘bigger’. This is a shame, since Malawi has much to offer. Take time to explore the desert highlands, diving and swimming in the warm waters of the lake, or simply enjoy the vibrant local flavor and you’re sure to find yourself seduced.


In the surrounding region dry and dusty, Karonga is a relaxed little town with wide streets and pastoralists. It is the first city and the last on the road between Malawi and Tanzania, and has some good facilities, including the only bank in the north of Mzuzu.


Turkey could be the most controversial country in the world. Its landscape is dotted with battlegrounds, ruined castles and palaces of great empires. This is the land where Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot, where the Trojans fought Achilles in Homer’s Iliad, and where the Ottoman Empire fought battles that shape the world. History buffs can immerse themselves in the wonders and memories that go back to the dawn of civilization.

On the other hand, if you want to rest, just spend an afternoon being pampered at a hamam, or let the warm waters of the Mediterranean coast lap at your toes. Adventure lovers can head east to Nemrut Dagi National Park. Good vivants need look no further than Istanbul, where markets and bars are among the most elegant and atmospheric, and the mod Ottoman cuisine rates as the tastiest in the world.

Country’s tumultuous history has left a profound legacy. People who have never had to suffer for an idea or a fight for a piece of land can be overwhelmed by the passion of ordinary Turks for their country. However, for ordinary Turks that passion has its output, not in the heat of war, but in the simple pleasures: family, food, music, football and friendship. The Turks have an inspiring ability to keep things in perspective, to go on with everyday life and spend some time with the blood in the process. Sharing their joy in simple things is a highlight for every visitor.
Treating Turkey as the quintessence of most Turkish dishes, the meze, a table filled with scrumptious treats height. Throw away the menu, order a party platter of everything and until you can not go on. Afiyet olsun!