The Great Rift Valley is a name given in the late 19th century by English explorer John Walter Gregory to the continuous geographic trough, approximately 3,700 miles in length, that runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. In eastern Africa the valley divides into two, the Western Rift Valley and the Eastern Rift Valley.
The Western Rift, also called the Albertine Rift, is edged by some of the highest mountains in Africa, including the Virunga Mountains, Mitumba Mountains, and Ruwenzori Range. It contains the Rift Valley lakes, which include some of the deepest lakes in the world. Lake Victoria, the second largest area freshwater lake in the world, is considered part of the Rift Valley system although it actually lies between the two branches. All of the African Great Lakes were formed as the result of the rift, and most lie within its rift valley.
You can enjoy the spectacular views along the western spine of the Great African Rift, Zomba Mountain and Mulanje Mountain and visit Zomba (Malawi’s former capital). Malawi also offers some of the best birding locations in Africa. You will also see hippo, sable antelope, impala and waterbuck. Huge crocodiles and serval are also fairly common.
Activities include game viewing, bird watching, boat trips, scenic drives through mountain areas, as well as experiencing Malawian culture and history.
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