Watch the locals fish on the shores or in their hollowed tree trunks out on the clear blue lake. Locals washing their clothes, their children and themselves. See the children play and making bonfires at dusk. Watch at night the fishers lights at the lake and the millions of stars above it.
Lake Malawi National Park is a national park at the southern end of Lake Malawi in Malawi, Southeast Africa. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created with the purpose of protecting fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this being its main purpose, Lake Malawi National Park includes a fair amount of land, including a headland, the foreshore and several small rocky islands in Lake Malawi.
A trip to the shores of Lake Malawi will also offer you a variety of activities to do from cruises along the lake with a scenery of rich bird life and traditional fishing points, to water sports like diving, snorkeling, boat cruises, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, feeding the eagles and sail boarding. Cape Maclear, a cape named by David Livingstone, is one of the most relaxing destinations in Malawi (world!). A stay at Cape Maclear will give you a real Malawi life feeling on it’s spectacular beaches.
There is the famous Illala boat which is a 400 tone passenger vessel and has a capacity of 450 passenger seats. It offers boat transportation between Monkey bay in the south, and Chilumba in the North, calling it at Likoma and Chizumulu Island both northbound and southbound. It has cabin class, first class, second class, and economy class facilities as well as bars and restaurants. Its weekly travels along Lake Malawi provides passengers with spectacular views of constantly changing scenery.
Likoma Island is the larger of Lake Malawi’s two inhabited offshore islands. It is a home to over 9,000 inhabitants. There are nice baobab and Mango trees. It has rocky cliffs, sandy bays, mangrove swamps, and fishing is the islander’s main occupation. Some of the best diving and snorkeling is found here. There is a magnificent 100-year old cathedral which is a pride of the original missionary community.
Interested in the history of Africa’s colonial past? A visit to Nkhotakota on the vast inland sea of Lake Malawi will give you the most of it. The town originated as a group of 19th century tribal villages heavily involved in the Arab slave trade and was the location of a meeting between explorer and missionary David Livingstone, the local headman, and the slave traders. The tree under which the confrontation took place can still be seen. Chongoni Rock-art World Heritage site in Dedza is also a must visit. It consists of 127 sites in the forested hills of the Malawi plateau with depictions of rock art and paintings of the farmer community of the Late Stone Age and the Iron Age period.
Water taxis along Lake Malawi are available. Ferries connect the islands in the lake at a reasonably price. There is also a four-hour trip from Tanzania’s Mbamba Bay to Nkhata bay in Malawi.