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Lake Malawi Accommodation

Lake Malawi is Africa's third largest and second deepest lake. Measuring just short of 600 km north to south and 80 km wide in places, it dominates the eastern side of Malawi and constitutes roughly 20% of its surface area. For the people of Malawi, the lake is an integral part of their cultural heritage and vast trove of natural resources - with fish species such as chambo forming the primary protein source of the nearly 20 000 people that live on the lakeshore and beyond.

On the surface a number of islands pepper the lake, separated from the mainland by alternating bands of sandy flats and deep water. Palm fringed beaches and soaring mountains surround the warm crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi. Picturesque fishing villages dot the shoreline, their cultures unchanged for thousands of years.

On the shores miombo woodland and baobabs occur, and mammals such as baboon, vervet monkey, dassies and hippo are most commonly sighted. Bird life is abundant, with over 100 bird species - particularly waterbirds. Lake Malawi is dominated by the ubiquitous African Fish-Eagles, but enthusiasts will be rewarded with sightings of the shyer and less common forest birds that inhabit the bush around the tents, such as the north-eastern hypoxanthus variety of Sombre Greenbul. Other species seen include African Harrier-Hawk, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-breasted Cormorant, Water Thick-Knee, African Paradise-Flycatcher and a variety of herons, weavers, doves and starlings.

Beneath its waters a wide range of underwater habitats, including sandy, weedy, rock-sand interface and reed beds, harbour an abundant wealth and diversity of mostly endemic aquatic life. Lake Malawi supports over 2000 species of freshwater - a greater variety than any other lake on Earth, more than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of these are colourful fish called cichlids (locally named mbuna) of which Lake Malawi contains more than 400 types, or 30% of all known species. Much of this astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear in the south, the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and a World Heritage Site.

Lake Malawi
11° 58' 20.3736" S
34° 30' 12.9348" E
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Starting from US$ 375.00 p/p sharing | FI
Kaya Mawa Lodge

Kaya Mawa Lodge, situated in the north-east of Lake Malawi on Likoma Island, is surrounded by ancient baobabs, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Meaning “Maybe tomorrow” in...

Starting from US$ 144.00 p/p sharing | US$ 228.00 single | DBB
Livingstonia Beach Hotel

Livingstonia Beach Hotel is situated in a picturesque, secluded setting on the shores of Lake Malawi, 128 km from Lilongwe International Airport. Here the only sounds to...

Starting from US$ 130.50 p/p sharing | US$ 201.00 single | DBB
Nkopola Lodge

Nkopola Lodge is a picturesque lakeside resort located in a tranquil setting on the south-west shore of Lake Malawi, between Monkey Bay and Mangochi. The hillside rooms...

Starting from US$ 354.00 p/p sharing | FI
Pumulani Beach Lodge

Pumulani Beach Lodge is an exclusive beach lodge within Lake Malawi National Park. The lodge has ten individually-designed villas spread out along a lush hillside...