East African Malawi is the warm heart of Africa and is known for its natural wealth, but above all for Lake Malawi and its species-rich underwater world, as well as inviting sandy beaches and water sports. The Mulanje massif in the mountainous north of the country is similarly known as part of the Malawi landscape, where imposing mountains with a height of up to 3,000 m tower above a plain with tea plantations and thus offer trekking tours in a special setting. Nature also in the form of plateaus with individual island mountains, forests, savannas, the Kapichira and Manchewe waterfalls, Lake Malombe as the second great body of water in the country, and finally in the form of several national parks. The most visited is the Kasungu National Park, located north of the capital. 000 square kilometers represents the most impressive nature reserve in the country and in which, among other things, elephants, buffalo, antelopes and lions can be seen. Also worth a visit is Vwasa Marsh Game Reserve, the Liwonde National Park located in the plains of the Shire Valley on Lake Malombe or Lengwe National Park, the country’s smallest park with 130 square kilometers. A picture of Malawi can also be made on a multi-day round trip with a liner that sails between Monkey Bay and Karonga and also lets you discover the landscape. Those who approach the cultural side of the country will find traces of the former colonial rulers Great Britain… whereby parts of Malawi were also part of the Portuguese colonial empire in the 17th century.
Species-rich UNESCO World Heritage
Lake Malawi is a huge, African lake and the southernmost lake in the East African rift system, which lies between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, the ninth largest lake in the world by area and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi is home to more fish species than any other lake, including at least 700 species of cichlids. The Mozambican part of the lake was officially declared a nature reserve by the government of Mozambique on June 10, 2011, while in Malawi part of the lake is in the Lake Malawi National Park. Lake Malawi National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions. This vast area of crystal clear fresh water
Because of its rich fishing harvest, the lake plays an important role in the economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and the traditional processing is an attraction for visitors. Access to the lake is possible for much of its length, but it is often necessary to take a short detour from the main roads to get to the beaches. Despite the villages there are still very long stretches of uninhabited coastline, lapped by crystal clear water.
Sights and activities
Lake Malawi is a wonderful place that offers all kinds of water sports and activities that are expected from any tropical beach visit. After all, the waves on this inland sea can sometimes be several meters high. There are boats and boards of all kinds to have fun and explore the water, islands, and beaches of the lake. The crystal clear water of Lake Malawi also makes it an ideal place for snorkeling. For those who want to go a little deeper and experience more, there are a number of registered lakefront diving schools offering inexpensive diving trips and courses. In addition, there are a number of sights and good accommodation in particularly beautiful areas along the lake.