Mzuzu, Malawi, is a town on the M1 north-south highway, less than four hundred kilometers north of the capital, Lilongwe. It is transport hub for the villages on the west bank of Lake Malawi. This is where international travelers change buses to get to Nkhata Bay, fifty kilometers east. If you are arriving after a few days spent in the countryside, Mzuzu is a fairly well-developed town that has all the modern facilities like internet, ATMs, and supermarkets that you might be craving.
Although there isn't a huge amount to keep tourists in the town itself, it does have an interesting museum with displays on the people of Northern Malawi. This is of particular interest if you're traveling north to the Livingstonia Plateau.
There are a couple of backpacker hostels in Mzuzu, Malawi, with budget dorm beds. Mzuzu, Malawi hostels are the best place to get information regarding the sights around Mzuzu, including the Nyika Plateau and National Park, one hundred kilometers north of Mzuzu, which is excellent for hiking and mountain biking. Duiker, Roan, and Eland and more than four hundred species of bird are commonly seen here.
Vwaza Wildlife Reserve is a hundred kilometers northwest of Mzuzu, and features marshlands and Mopane and Miombo woodland, which also encourages a wide variety of bird life. Half a dozen species of antelope can be seen here, as well as buffalo, elephant, and hippopotamus. The main reserve camp is on the edge of Lake Kazuni, which gives visitors the best opportunity to see these animals.
Around a hundred kilometers south of Mzuzu, Viphya Forest Complex can be found among the Viphya Mountains, and lays claim to being the largest manmade forest in the world.
Mzuzu, Malawi hostels will help you if you want to travel to these destinations and can organize all the logistics such as guides and camping equipment. As Mzuzu is such a transport hub, it's easy to travel onward from the main minibus station in the center of town. There's always plenty of transport in all directions.
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