Lake Malawi is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, it is also the ninth largest in the world. “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Although totally landlocked, Malawi is not denied its “inland sea”. The lake is fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. We have now visited Lake Malawi on three different trips with our family and have found it to be a wonderful beach holiday offering everything – and more – that many of the seafront beaches offer. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence it is often referred to as “the calendar lake”.
Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and the traditional industry and practices are an attraction to visitors. You will often come across a friendly fisherman or two in their dugout canoes.
Access to the Lake is possible along much of its length but it is usually necessary to take a short detour off the main roads in order to reach the beach. Some properties are located out on the islands – and can only be reached by boat or a short flight.
Kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the lake activities available to visitors. Many properties offer cultural visits to local villages and cruises out on the lake on dhows or yachts.
“The Lake of Stars” is the nickname for Lake Malawi coined by David Livingstone. This name came about due to lights from the lanterns of the fishermen in Malawi on their boats, that resemble, from a distance, stars in the sky.