Although Malawi is relatively small, it's packed full of the most spectacularly diverse landscapes, with its compact size making it easy to experience them all. Known for warm and welcoming locals, Malawi offers ages-old tribal traditions and captivating culture proudly displayed in its towns and villages. Lake Malawi, Africa’s third-largest, should be on everyone's list of things to see, with its long beaches offering swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. A ferry ride across its centre may also reveal some of its inhabitants, including crocodiles, African fish eagles and more than 700 species of cichlids. Next, you can venture into the wilderness and hike your way up Mount Mulanje, stopping at breathtaking waterfalls along the way. Or, why not gain a different perspective whilst horse riding along the Nyika Plateau? Of course, you won’t want to miss the resident elephants, hippos and rhinos in Liwonde National Park, one of Africa’s better-kept safari secrets.