Lake Malawi is Africa’s 3rd largest lake and owes its existence to the Great Rift Valley. Lake Malawi offers secluded, sandy bays, remote islands, beautiful white beaches combined with the crystal clear waters. Lake Malawi is 600km in length, running along the eastern border of the country. A visit offers superb conditions for water sports and water activities, including scuba diving and snorkelling.
Lake Malawi is renowned for its incredible diversity of fish and contains more than any other lake on the planet. It has therefore been named a World Heritage Site. Lake Malawi National Park, situated at the southern end of the lake, is the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish.
Lake Malawi has been ranked by many to offer some of the most romantic lodges in the world with its palm-fringed beaches, towering mountains and scenic fishing villages situated along the shoreline.
The jewel in the crown of Malawi’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, said to have been discovered by the missionary-explorer, Dr David Livingstone, over 150 years ago. It is now a World Heritage Site protecting a plethora of endemic freshwater fish.
The northern section of this 650km-long lake is extraordinarily deep at about 700 m, plunging well below sea level. This is a mind-boggling reflection of the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake.
Lake Malawi is a top destination in the world for water activities, such as kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water-skiing, which are all offered at various lodges dotted along the shores of this freshwater paradise.
About one quarter of Lake Malawi belongs to neighbouring Mozambique (where it is called Lake Nyasa). This portion of the lake includes the only two inhabited islets on the lake: Chizumulu and Likoma.