Although the majority of Lake Malawi is situated in the African country of Malawi, it is also situated in Mozambique and forms the border between Malawi and Tanzania. Lake Malawi is known as Lago Niassa in Mozambique and Lake Nyasa in Tanzania. Lake Malawi is one of the African Great lakes which means that it is one of many in and round the East African Rift.
Lake Malawi as the worlds second deepest lake, is enormous both in volume and depth making it a wonderful playground for both humans and a home to a vast biodiversity. Uniquely it is a meromitic lake which means that the waters form layers which do not mix, or if they do it would be a decade or century even. The bottom water layer is oxygen depleted. The warm clear waters are a haven to hundreds of endemic cichlid fish – if you have a tropical fresh water fish tank, your beautiful coloured fish may have come from Lake Malawi!
David Livingstone nicknamed Lake Malawi as ‘the Lake of Stars’ due to the night fisherman’s lanterns shining like stars of the waters.
Don’t tell everybody, Lake Malawi has been recently nominated as one of the most beautiful lakes worldwide by Yahoo Travel so make sure that your African safari includes time at Malawi’s jewel.
There is a good variety of accommodation on the shores of Lake Malawi offering numerous water activities like fishing, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, bird watching and excursions to the lakes islands, villages and missionary build island cathedral. Lake Malawi is a beautiful place with sandy beaches, rocky out crops, islands and cliff faces making it a fantastic freshwater based national park allowing you to observe the incredible Fish Eagles catching supper, cormorants and hamerkops while feeding the fish directly from your hand. Lake Malawi National Park is also home to troops of baboon, hyrax and antelope.
Whilst you enjoy a wildlife safari in central Africa the words tropical fresh water, palm fringed, sandy beaches don’t normally fit however in the friendly country of Malawi, time is well spent at Lake Malawi. Enjoy the laid back sun kissed beach atmosphere of a relatively off the mass tourist route while only a short hop away from big game safari destinations like Liwonde National Park. During early May to Late October the weather is warm to mild with little rain allowing you to take advantage of the many activities to partake in.