Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is Malawi’s stellar attraction, great for kayaking, diving and yachting.

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Lake Malawi Resorts

Lake Malawi is the stellar attraction of a Malawi safari, enriching every aspect of its life. This vast expanse of bright blue water is 600km long and up to 80km wide. So it makes up some 20% of the whole of Malawi. The lake shore offers miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, rounded granite boulders and romantic wooded islands. The call of the African fish eagle is ever present. Everywhere people smile and seem delighted to see you.

Over 2,000 species of fish occur in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi. This includes the colourful endemic cichlids that are easily spotted when snorkelling. Other activities include scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and just chilling out. Visits to local villages are also on offer.

The beautiful mountainous terrain surrounding much of Lake Malawi doesn’t make for productive farming. So the lake itself is a vital part of the Malawi economy. Fish such as chambo and kapenta make up the main protein source for the lakeside people. (Apparently fish provides 70% of the protein diet for Malawians). So at night the lake is sparkling with the tiny lights of the fishermen using lights and paddle bangs to attract the fish.

Lake Malawi Resort Hotels & Lodges

A stay at one of the Lake Malawi resorts is the ideal wind-down at the end of your Malawi safari. Effectively it doubles as a ‘beach stay’.

Or you can even add it to a Zambian safari. The sandy shores of Lake Malawi are by far the closest beach to the prime game reserve of South Luangwa. And it’s easy to fly from Mfuwe airport to Lilongwe and then continue to the lake either by charter flight or road. The Lake Malawi resorts range from luxury eco-lodges such as Pumulani Lodge , Kaya Mawa and Blue Lagoon to larger resorts such as  TheMakolola Retreat. Alternatively head to the rustic family-friendly lodges such as Mumbo Island Camp or Norman Carr Cottage

Likoma Island

A fantastic off-the-beaten-track destination on Lake Malawi is Likoma Island. This is a remote island near the Mozambique border with a cathedral which would be at home in Britain. All mixed in with a laid back tropical island ambience. Here you’ll find Kaya Mawa or it is an easy boat transfer to Nkwichi Lodge which is actually on the Mozambique side of the Lake.

Check out some of our Lake Malawi holiday packages below. All can be tailor-made to suit you.

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