Lake Malawi and Wildlife Areas

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Lake Malawi and Wildlife Areas

Overview
Activities and Highlights
Seasons
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Description

"The Lake of Stars, as it is nicknamed, is Malawi’s most well know attraction, and there is no second guessing why. Eager to know why? Lake Malawi is listed as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is the third largest lake in Africa, and one of the deepest lakes in the world.

Lake Malawi is home to the world’s largest number of fish species which is especially important to evolutionary studies. And where there are plenty of fish, there are happy fishermen; Lake Malawi is no exception. Fishermen are seen snug in their self-made canoes, locally known as bwatus, patiently cruising along the lake with their hooks, lines and nets cast out into the water.

Lake Malawi is absolutely the pride and backbone of the agricultural country. The contrast between palm beaches, warm clear lake water and the remarkably rugged mountain beauty of an African backdrop is a striking sight to behold. To the south of the lake you will find the Liwonde National Park and Lake Malawi National Park.

The parks are perfect for viewing a large variety of game, as well as spectacular bird watching opportunities. If you were wondering; “What’s a lake without water activities?” –your speculations are in vain. Lake Malawi does not fall short when it comes to recreation. We are sure that the lake and its surroundings will keep any water lover, land explorer and bird watcher high in African-spirit."

Access Details

Fly-In or Drive-In Lodge Safaris: We offer safaris to Lake Malawi by air charter from Lilongwe, or drive-in from the capital city. Being a hospitable, welcoming and friendly place, Malawians are excited to celebrate and share their culture and customs with outsiders.

Suggested Stay Details

We recommend spending no less than a week in this paradise destination.

Type of Experience

"ISLAND LIFE: Spend time on the Likoma Island, which is situated to the north east of Lake Malawi. Enjoy the tranquility of the warm tropic atmosphere or set sail and explore the island waters.

BIRD VIEWING: Liwonde National Park is Malawi's premier wildlife reserve and the bird life is alluring, the site could possibly be the best location in central and southern Africa to view such a large variety of bird life.

Infrastructure

Our accommodation ranges from luxurious lodges to lakeside hotels. The lodges are secluded for your comfort with amazing views of forest-fringed lagoons.

Lakeside hotels embrace a classically regal yet stylish and forgotten charm. There are more traditional living quarters such as thatched rondavels on offer as well, and of course the Malawian staff will try their utmost to make you smile throughout your stay.

Geography

To the north of the lake, you will find lush tropic rain forests and rugged mountain escarpments.

The low valley land is to the south, such as Lake Malawi and the curving Shire River, as well as river basins of peaceful lagoons, majestic marshlands, open savannah country, lush woodlands and dry forests. The dominant vegetation is that of the Miombo woodlands.

History

Malawi used to be populated by Buntu tribes and colonially ruled by the British. Formerly known as Nyasaland, the country had a turbulent struggle to gain independence from British rule in 1964. After claiming their independence, the countries name was changed to Malawi.

Of interest is the name given to Lake Malawi by David Livingstone, who first visited the country during British rule.

Livingstone named the lake “Lake Nyasa,” unknowingly realizing that the local word for any large body of water is nyasa. The name given to Lake Malawi by Livingstone is still used today by neighbouring countries who share the lake, namely Tanzania and Mozambique.

Another interesting fact of history is that Lake Malawi National Park was the first of its kind to protect the freshwater species of a deep-water River Valley lake.

Activities & Highlights

"ABUNDANT WILDLIFE: The national parks are home to Africa’s Big Five and Malawi is recorded to have more than 400 species of birds and the largest concentration of fish species in the world.

SCENIC WONDERLANDS AND UNDERLANDS: Access the mesmerizing views of unspoilt natural landscape on horseback, 4x4 drives, walking or trekking, or discover the underwater glittering glamour.

INDIGENOUS BEINGS: An attractive variety of wildlife found nowhere else but within the borders of Malawi.

LAKESHORE RECREATION: a large selection of water sports, including windsurfing, paddle skiing, snorkelling, sailing, canoeing and much more.

BASK IN THE AMBIENCE: Malawi’s low tourism influx allows you to truly unwind; relax alongside white lakeshore sands, captivating clear blue water or let the winding rivers drift you into picturesque scenery. Leading you to believe that Malawi’s beauty belongs to you."



Season Travel Details

Rain sets in across the land from November to March with unpredictable storms. The dry season may be expected during June. October is the best time to visit the vast lake as it is much calmer, clearer and the temperatures are pleasant.

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