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Lake Malawi is famed for the abundance and diversity of its fish life and holds a greater array of freshwater fish species (over 1 000) than any other lake on Earth and more than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of these are colourful fish called cichlids (their local name is mbuna) of which the Lake contains more than 400 types, 30% of all known species. Other fish species such as chambo form the primary protein source of the people that live on the lakeshore and beyond.

Much of this outstanding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear in the southern part of the Lake, the first park in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and a World Heritage Site.

At approximately 600km long and up to 80km wide, Lake Malawi constitutes roughly 20% of Malawi’s surface area. It dominates the eastern side of the country and harbours a wide range of underwater habitats. There are also a number of granitic islands dotted across the Lake while on its shores, fertile soils, lush woodland and baobabs occur amongst numerous fishing villages and mammals such as baboon, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, sun squirrel and hippo are frequently seen. Along the lakeshore, numerous bird species are found, particularly waterbirds. Nearby remnant patches of lowland forest harbour further exciting bird species including Grey-olive Greenbul and Narina Trogon. The central lakeshore is renowned for its golden beaches.

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Lake Shore

Classic Malawi (Mumbo)

Classic Malawi (Mumbo) is a 9 day safari itinerary visiting two of the most iconic National Parks, Liwonde & Lake Malawi […]

Prices:
From
£1615 to £2195
$2140 to $2908
R29070 to R39510

Intimate Malawi – Gold

The Intimate Malawi safari is a 10 day journey that visits two of the most iconic national parks that Malawi has to offer, Majete and Lake Malawi […]

Prices:
Fixed Price:
£4295
$5691
R77310

Landscapes of Malawi – Mobile – Comfortable

The Landscapes of Malawi safari is an 8 day small group guided journey that traverses the northern region of Malawi […]

Prices:
Fixed Price:
£2695
$3571
R48510

Premier Malawi – Silver Plus

The Premier Malawi safari is a 10 day journey that visits two of the most iconic national parks that Malawi has to offer, Liwonde and Lake Malawi […]

Prices:
Fixed Price:
£3795
$5028
R68310

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