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.
Discover other areas you can go on safari in Malawi
Classic Malawi (Mumbo) is a 9 day safari itinerary visiting two of the most iconic National Parks, Liwonde & Lake Malawi […]
£1615 to £2195
$1978 to $2689
R27455 to R37315
The Classic Malawi (with Danforth Lodge is a 9 day safari visiting two of the most iconic National Parks, Liwonde & Lake Malawi, in this diverse and friendly central African country […]
£1545 to £1725
$1893 to $2113
R26265 to R29325
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 […]
£3425 to £3715
$4196 to $4551
R58225 to R63155
The Landscapes of Malawi safari is an 8 day small group guided journey that traverses the northern region of Malawi […]
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 […]
£2845 to £2985
$3485 to $3657
R48365 to R50745
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