Apr 162009

Malawi – Mozambique – Tanzania

Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa, Lake Nyassa, Lake Niassa, and Lago Niassa in Mozambique), is the most southerly lake in the East African Rift valley system. The lake, third largest in Africa and ninth largest in the world, is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It is also the second deepest lake in Africa but its placid nature at its northerly shore gives no hint of this feature. The lake’s tropical waters teem with more fish species than any other lake on Earth.

Likoma Island is the larger of two small islands situated in the far north of Lake Malawi, on the east of the Lake and very close to the Mozambique coastline. To visit the island is to step back in time. Just 17 square kilometres in size, with one small dirt road and two vehicles, the local people survive largely by fishing, and farming rice and cassava. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. The waters are crystal clear throughout the year and the diving and snorkeling is among the best in Lake Malawi.

Mumbo Island is a pristine and otherwise-deserted tropical island floating on the blue waters of Lake Malawi National Park, the first Park in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish. With crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, the National Park offers what is often considered the best freshwater scuba diving in the world and the best snorkelling on the Lake.

Lake Malawi - Chembe Island



Location (12° 11′ S, 34° 22′ E)

Lake Malawi is between 560 and 579 km long and 75 km wide at its widest point; its total surface area is approximately 29,600 km². The lake is bordered by western Mozambique, eastern Malawi, and southern Tanzania. Its largest tributary is the Ruhuhu and its outlet is the Shire River, a tributary of the Zambezi. Lake Malawi lies in the rift valley formed by the East African Rift where the African tectonic plate is splitting in two. It is approximately 350 km south east of Lake Tanganyika.

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Palm Beach Leisure Resort is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malawi, 12 km north of Mangochi.

Located in Senga Bay, Salima, about 2 hours / 125 km from Lilongwe is Malawi’s premier beach side resort, Livingstonia Beach. Activties include paddle boats, wind surfing, sailing, water skiing, island trips, snorkeling and beach football. An excursion to the Chamare Museum at Mua and the fishing village are part of the attractions.

Makuzi Beach Lodge is situated on the northern shores of Lake Malawi, in a secluded, tropical bay which is home to an abundance of birdlife. Our private beach is the perfect spot to simply soak up the sun or cool off in the safe warm waters of Lake Malawi.


Just North of Mangochi, on the palm fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi, Club Makokola is an extraordinary lakeside paradise resort.

Located on the southern lakeshore near the friendly fishing village of Nkopola, the Nkopola Lodge has spectacular views overlooking the lake. The resort is accessible through scheduled Air Malawi flights from Blantyre and Lilongwe to the Makokola airstrip, only 4 km away.

Nkwichi Lodge lies on the Mozambique shoreline at one of the most beautiful points on the lake. It has been carefully designed to provide comfort and privacy for guests. With a maximum of only 14 people staying at Nkwichi, the lodge can offer guests the highest levels of service in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Rated by Condé Nast Magazine as one of the planet’s ten most romantic destinations, Kaya Mawa is located on the south-western tip of Likoma Island in the far north-east of Lake Malawi, close to Mozambique.

Pumulani is an exclusive beach lodge on the protected shores of Lake Malawi. Opened in July 2008, it is the only luxury accommodation set within Lake Malawi National Park.

The intimate Mumbo Island Camp, accommodating 14 guests, comprises tastefully furnished, comfortable tents with hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. The camp is perched on rocks high above the water and blends in perfectly to create a place of rustic charm and minimal impact. Tucked into the lush foliage, each tent is fully furnished with its own shaded view-deck and hammock. There is a dining area, bar and water sport gazebo, all of timber, thatch and canvas, and all adhering to the principles of eco-architecture.

Danforth Lodge and Yacht Charters, situated at Cape Maclear bordering on the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb Lake Malawi accommodation. Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on this magnificent lake. Danforth is both a Malawi yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. Owner run and offering personal attention, Danforth Yachting delivers all round excellence.

Palm-fringed beaches and soaring mountains with warm crystal clear waters and fishing villages unchanged for thousands of years are the setting for Chintheche Inn. Lake Malawi’s central lakeshore has some of the finest beaches, remnant patches of lowland tropical forest nearby and the Viphya Mountains as dramatic backdrop.

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