Lake Malawi & Likoma Island
Lake Malawi covers about a fifth of the country and offers watersports, nature walks, island visits as well as the chance to rest by the shore as you unwind before or after a safari.
Everyone says it's the warm heart of Africa and I can see why as it's so friendly!
Lake Malawi is vast and has the feel of an inland sea and is nicknamed the calendar lake due to its dimensions: 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. Its waters teem with tropical fish including cichlids and lend themselves to diving and snorkelling as well as boating. There are some lovely places to stay where you can do as much or little as you like and a trip to the old mission town and island of Likoma adds a sense of history.
- Lake activities: The clear lake waters are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving as you observe colourful tropical fish. Kayaks are a great way to explore the coastline and sailing, windsurfing, fishing trips and sunset cruises are popular. Around the lake you can saddle up to explore by bike or horse or take to your own two feet to explore nature trails with or without a guide.
- Lakeside lazing: Water always makes for a relaxing atmosphere and resting on a sun lounger near the lakeshore is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the warmth of the sun. It helps that there are ice-cold drinks and delicious food at hand and some lodges have spa facilities where you can be pampered and preened.
- Likoma Island: This the larger of the lake’s two islands close to the Mozambique border. You can visit on a day trip or stay at Kaya Mawa if you want a real feel for island life. Likoma was colonised by European missionaries who constructed the magnificent St Peters Cathedral. Climb the clocktower for far reaching views across the island and lake. You can visit the nearby market for some local colour and walk or cycle to villages and beaches.