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'The warm heart of Africa' is quite a title to live up to and giving babies away to music stars (allegedly) is one way to go about proving it. The other way is to be a country renowned for the unequaled friendliness it bestows on all visitors.

Malawi is a long, thin region of national parks, wildlife reserves and Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa. The lake is one of the major attractions (apart from the babies) for travelers; its beaches, resorts, water-sports and marine life a magnet for divers and snorkellers, providing the largest variety of marine life of any other freshwater lake on earth. On land there are numerous un-crowded game reserves and national parks. The northern Nyika Plateau, at around 7,500ft (2,300m), is one of the world's highest game reserves and is a remote area located in the most untouched and remote part of the country, with beautiful grasslands and waterfalls, the highest concentration of leopards in Central Africa, and abundant exotic orc…

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