Lake Malawi is one of the Southern Rift Valley Lakes, and is the southern most of these. It is situated between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique, and despite its extreme depth, is very calm at the Northern and Southern lakeshores. It is teeming with more species of tropical fish than any other lake in the world, making it ideal for all kinds of underwater activities. The calm surface makes it ideal for any other watersports, except maybe surfing!
The lake was discovered by Dr David Livingstone, who famously discovered Victoria Falls, and originally named it Lake Nyassa. The name is still widely used, especially in Mozambique and Tanzania. It has just two inhabited islands, Likoma and Chizumulu, which are in Mozambican waters, but under Malawian control.
Apart from fish, the lake supports a rich animal population which includes hippo, crocodile, monkey and fish eagle. The crocodile population is small enough that it is not a serious threat to humans on the shores, and for this reason some of the most unlikely but outstanding beach holidays in Africa can be had in the tiny landlocked country.
The most popular areas are the Northern Lakeshore and the Southern Lakeshore with Cape Maclear. The Northern Lakeshore has a beautiful bay surrounded by incredible mountain scenery and a rich history that allows you to relax and enjoy the epic views whilst learning a little more about the amazing Earth we live on. The Southern Lakeshore is less steeped in history, but is nevertheless beautiful, with long sandy beaches and clear, warm water that is so inviting it is almost impossible not to go for a swim. With some of the best diving, snorkelling and watersports in the world, you can either relax or enjoy some activity, whether it is something you are an expert in or something you’ve never tried and want a quick lesson to begin with. Even those who have never dived can take a quick course that allows you to take a quick swim with the amazing fish that will leave you clamouring for more.
The culture around the lake is also very much in evidence, with fishing villages along the shore in which the traditional live of the fishermen can be observed whilst small children play on the edge of the water, ebony skin shining in the sun as the water droplets on their skin glint like diamonds; these children will give you a warm welcome and will be delighted with a simple wave, and you will come away relishing the friendliness and happiness of the people here.
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