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Experience Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions. This is the ‘inland sea’ of the otherwise land-locked Malawi. This vast body of crystal clear freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. As one of the first Europeans to set eyes on the Lake Malawi over 150 years ago, the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone christened it the ‘Lake of Stars’.

Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence another nickname: ‘Calendar Lake”. In the north, Lake Malawi is quite extraordinarily deep: 2300 ft/700 m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake. The width of the lake’s shorelands vary from nothing to over 25 kilometers (16 miles), the edge of the Rift Valley rising steeply in places and more gently in others.

Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and the traditional industry and practices are an attraction to visitors. Access to the Lake is possible along much of its length but it is often necessary to take a short detour off the main roads in order to reach the beaches. Despite the villages, there are still very long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore, lapped by crystal clear waters.

Lake Activities

Lake Malawi is a wonderland that offers all types of water sports and activities expected of any tropical beach destination. There are boats and boards of all types available to have fun with and to explore the waters, islands and beaches of the lake.

When it comes to small boats, the Lake is best known for its kayaking & sailing options with kayaks & canoes available at most beach lodges and even the option to take on longer expeditions along the lakeshore. A few lodges have small sailing boats for personal use or larger ones for a leisurely cruise. The crystal clear water of Lake Malawi make it an ideal location for snorkeling, and donning a mask will give immediate access to the colorful kaleidoscope of tropical fish that live in the Lake and feed from the rocks along the shore. For those who wish to go that little bit deeper, there are a number of PADI registered dive schools along the lakeshore who offer great value scuba diving, including full courses to learn how to dive. One or two lodges even offer water skiing and sailboards and paddle boards are to be found at others. For the less energetic, boat trips range from the famous mv Ilala lake ferry to sailing in an ocean-going yacht. Cruises into the upper reaches of the great Shire river are also possible.

Places to Visit on Lake Malawi

There are a number of places of interest to visit along the length of the lake, and good lodges to be found, with a few collections in areas of particular beauty.

In South Malawi, between Mangochi and Monkey Bay is a long line of wonderful beaches backed by a variety of accommodation. This Mangochi Lakeshore has the Lake’s greatest concentration of lodges and hotels. Monkey Bay is a functional port town, but round the headland is Cape Maclear and the Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a veritable aquarium of tropical fish. In recent years, a number of high quality lodges have been built in this area.

Central Malawi’s Senga Bay is another place where there are a number of lodges & hotels, and it benefits from being the closest point on the lake to Lilongwe. Just off shore are the 3 Marelli Islands, which mark the northerly extent of the Lake Malawi National Park.The stretch between the historic Nkhotakota and the sugar estate town of Dwangwa has a smattering of lodges.

Another concentration of lodges is found on the Chintheche lakeshore in North Malawi, which has some stunning beaches. Nkhata Bay is primarily a port town, but has grown as a center for independent travelers. The Northern Lakeshore beyond Chitimba has fewer lodges, and Karonga, an important archeological centre, is the only town of note before reaching Tanzania. Across the lake, into Mozambiquan waters, is Likoma Island. Not only does it have some beautiful beaches, and accommodation, but also a missionary-built cathedral the size of Winchester’s. A nearby stretch of the Mozambique shoreline, Manda Wilderness, is a 120,000 hectare community reserve of unspoilt wilderness and white sand beaches.

What to DO & SEE

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Malawi may be landlocked but, for the angler, the Lake, together with a surprising variety of river conditions, makes the country a most rewarding destinations. In Lake Malawi itself have evolved ...
Malawi may be landlocked but, for the angler, the Lake, together with a surprising variety of river conditions, makes the country a most rewarding ...
Although Malawi is a small country, it has prolific bird life with over 500 species of bird to be found within the country. When we talk about birding in Malawi, the country is divided ...
Although Malawi is a small country, it has prolific bird life with over 500 species of bird to be found within the country. When we talk ...
One of the oldest flea markets in Malawi. Anything you can think of will be there, form clothing to electronics, fried chips to fruit, carpenters, pool table, bars and small restaurants. It starts ...
One of the oldest flea markets in Malawi. Anything you can think of will be there, form clothing to electronics, fried chips to fruit, carpenters, ...
One of Malawi wonders! Chikala Pillars are a natural sandstone feature unlike anything else in Malawi. the pillars are mysterious formations of nature, look like something out of a fairy tale. ...
One of Malawi wonders! Chikala Pillars are a natural sandstone feature unlike anything else in Malawi. the pillars are mysterious formations of ...
The diverse ethnic groups of Malawi contributes to the richness of its culture. Many different ethnic groups live in the country including the Chewa, Lomwe, Yao, Ngoni, Tumbuka, Sena, Tonga, Nkhonde, ...
The diverse ethnic groups of Malawi contributes to the richness of its culture. Many different ethnic groups live in the country including the Chewa, ...
Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions. This is the ‘inland sea’ of the otherwise land-locked Malawi. This vast body of crystal clear freshwater ...
Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions. This is the ‘inland sea’ of the otherwise land-locked ...
Golf is a popular pastime with the ex-patriots and locals and there is an excellent 18-hole golf course in Lilongwe with a club house and swimming pool. There are also 9-hole courses in Blantyre, ...
Golf is a popular pastime with the ex-patriots and locals and there is an excellent 18-hole golf course in Lilongwe with a club house and swimming ...
Various horse-riding safaris are on offer on the Nyika Plateau, an ideal way to explore the area as many parts are inaccessible to vehicles. There is also a Gymkhana club on Zomba plateau, and it is ...
Various horse-riding safaris are on offer on the Nyika Plateau, an ideal way to explore the area as many parts are inaccessible to vehicles. There is ...
So much to do. Take a stroll, just for the fun of it, to the market or just around town. Have a few drinks on the many nice terraces of restaurants or lodges. Drive or bicycle around, just anywhere ...
So much to do. Take a stroll, just for the fun of it, to the market or just around town. Have a few drinks on the many nice terraces of restaurants ...
11 km east of Blantyre is the town of Limbe which has an extremely busy market. With a length of almost 1 kilometer. It’s bigger and more local than Blantyre market. Besides the same products ...
11 km east of Blantyre is the town of Limbe which has an extremely busy market. With a length of almost 1 kilometer. It’s bigger and more local ...
Rising up to 3,000 metres, Mount Mulanje is one of Malawi's most spectacular sights, with its highest peak being Sapitwa at 3,002 mtrs. The mountain covers an area of more than 1,000 sq km. On ...
Rising up to 3,000 metres, Mount Mulanje is one of Malawi's most spectacular sights, with its highest peak being Sapitwa at 3,002 mtrs. The ...
Cycle through Malawi’s country roads, off the beaten paths and intricate bush trails. Rediscover the landscape and actively immerse in an experience of culture, adventure and sightseeing. ...
Cycle through Malawi’s country roads, off the beaten paths and intricate bush trails. Rediscover the landscape and actively immerse in an ...
Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has no less than nine national parks and wildlife reserves. Whilst it may not have quite the sheer numbers of large mammals as some of ...
Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has no less than nine national parks and wildlife reserves. Whilst it may not have ...
The markets have most of what you need. Fresh farm produce like vegetables, fruits (i.e pineapples, bananas, mangoes), sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, cassava, pumpkins, groundnuts, fresh meat from ...
The markets have most of what you need. Fresh farm produce like vegetables, fruits (i.e pineapples, bananas, mangoes), sweet potatoes, Irish ...
Lake Malawi provides ideal sailing conditions, with no tides or currents, and a fairly consistent south-easterly wind from February to October. This wind, known locally as the "Mwera", is ...
Lake Malawi provides ideal sailing conditions, with no tides or currents, and a fairly consistent south-easterly wind from February to October. This ...
Primary school is free and mandated, generally children do not attend pre-school.  90% of the children attend (2018) at the age of 6. However children are still taught to assist their parents in ...
Primary school is free and mandated, generally children do not attend pre-school.  90% of the children attend (2018) at the age of 6. However ...
With more than 500 different species of fish, warm, clear waters and safe conditions the lake is ideal for divers. Courses are available for beginners and equipment is available for hire for ...
With more than 500 different species of fish, warm, clear waters and safe conditions the lake is ideal for divers. Courses are available for ...
You can play your own sports in Malawi. Golf (9-hole in Blantyre and one 18 hole in Lilongwe) swimming (hotel pools and Lake Malawi), kayaking, snorkling, diving, sailing (Lake Malawi), walking and ...
You can play your own sports in Malawi. Golf (9-hole in Blantyre and one 18 hole in Lilongwe) swimming (hotel pools and Lake Malawi), kayaking, ...
Malawi is the second largest tea producer in Africa. Giving work to over 50.000 people in the peak season. You find the estates one hour form Blantyre, between  the lowlands of Mulanje ...
Malawi is the second largest tea producer in Africa. Giving work to over 50.000 people in the peak season. You find the estates one hour ...
The Blantyre Farmer's Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month and hosts vendors selling specialty/ healthy/ organic/ local/ sustainable items. It takes place at The Glass House, a ...
The Blantyre Farmer's Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month and hosts vendors selling specialty/ healthy/ organic/ local/ ...
The Lilongwe Craft Market is located outside the Old Post Office. The marketplace is a hive of activity with vendors working and selling an interesting range of woodcarvings, weaving, jewelry and ...
The Lilongwe Craft Market is located outside the Old Post Office. The marketplace is a hive of activity with vendors working and selling an ...
The Lilongwe farmers market is a food and African handcrafts market that takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 7am to 1pm. Everything is locally made.
The Lilongwe farmers market is a food and African handcrafts market that takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 7am to 1pm. Everything is ...
The Lilongwe Lizulu Market (area 2-3-5) Lizulu market is the busiest roadside market in Malawi for farm produce targeting motorists and bus passengers. So it has that hustle and bustle which is quite ...
The Lilongwe Lizulu Market (area 2-3-5) Lizulu market is the busiest roadside market in Malawi for farm produce targeting motorists and bus ...
This is a very comfortable and spiritual hike at the southern end of the Michiru range. It has both a very well groomed trail (with the stations of the cross), a double-track and a good trail. The ...
This is a very comfortable and spiritual hike at the southern end of the Michiru range. It has both a very well groomed trail (with the stations of ...
Malawi is primary a rural culture with most people living in rural areas. Malawi has three Regions and 27 districts. Each district has its own capital but most are small of size (5000-6000 ...
Malawi is primary a rural culture with most people living in rural areas. Malawi has three Regions and 27 districts. Each district has its own ...
Lake Malawi has lot’s of water sports to offer for the energetic travelers. Several lodges and hotels will offer water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Check availability and ...
Lake Malawi has lot’s of water sports to offer for the energetic travelers. Several lodges and hotels will offer water skiing, tubing, ...
The mountains of Mulanje are lush tropical forests with hundreds of different flaura and fauna and powerful waterfalls rushing down the cliffs. Likhubula is one of the largest streams and you have ...
The mountains of Mulanje are lush tropical forests with hundreds of different flaura and fauna and powerful waterfalls rushing down the cliffs. ...
Some Malawi businesses organize workshops and/or exhibitions in their field of expertise. In this section we will show the workshops and exhibitions that come to our attention.  
Some Malawi businesses organize workshops and/or exhibitions in their field of expertise. In this section we will show the workshops and ...
A one-hour drive from Blantyre is the town of Zomba. It has a nice large town flea market in the centre. A melting pot of farmers will sell their goods in rows of stalls. From rakes and radishes to ...
A one-hour drive from Blantyre is the town of Zomba. It has a nice large town flea market in the centre. A melting pot of farmers will sell their ...

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