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Lake Malawi

Traveling and backpacking around Africa? Visiting Lake Malawi is a must! There is so much to do from snorkeling, diving, kayaking and just relaxing on the sandy beaches. The landscape is stunning and the people are amazing. Definitely one of my favorite African countries I have travelled to.


Drawing of Lake Malawi by Diane Shearer | Art From Adventures


I travelled to Livingstonia, Lake Malawi and it was absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful. I stood on the beach with my toes in the sand and the cool water around my ankles. All I could see was bright blue water, on either side of me, in front of me and below me. The glowing blue sky cast a glow over the churning waves as they reached out for me and got pulled back into the huge body of water that seemed to have no ending. Don’t be fooled, I wasn’t standing in the ocean, I was standing on the beach of Lake Malawi, yes a LAKE, approximately 600km by 80km. I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t the ocean.


The view from above the water was spectacular but the view from below the water was breath taking (Literally)




Fun Facts about Lake Malawi

  • Lake Malawi is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest lake in Africa.

  • Lake Malawi is about 560 kilometers long, and about 75 kilometers wide at its widest point.

  • Lake Malawi is a meromictic lake (water layers do not mix). The lake has three layers, with different densities due to variations in temperature at each depth.

  • Lake Malawi has two inhabited islands: Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island

  • Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids.

Things to do in and around Lake Malawi


  • Snorkle in Lake Malawi

  • Hike the Mulanje Mountain

  • Do Some Tea Tasting

  • Visit Liwonde National Park

  • Vist Mumbo Island

  • Hike Zomba Massif

  • Visit the Chongoni Rock Art Area

  • Go Diving

  • Camp on the beaches


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