Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, photo by Paul venter
Lake Malawi (photo by Paul venter)
 

Lake Malawi [National Park] is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the southern end of Lake Malawi.

It is the ninth largest lake in the world, and the third largest and second deepest in Africa.

Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of beautiful cichlids, many of which now inhabit Western residential aquariums.

The region is exceptionally scenic, with islands and clear waters set against wooded hillsides. Shoreline areas range from beach to rock to lagoons and swamps.

Local tour operators and resorts offer diverse outdoor activities, including snorkeling and diving, boat and sailing tours, and camping trips to the islands.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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North Farthing Lake Retreat

North Farthing Lake Retreat is a holiday home set in Monkey Bay, 5 km from Money Bay Centre. The property is 5 km from Peoples Shop (Monkey Bay) and boasts views of the lake. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$300

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Mgoza Lodge

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, Mgoza Lodge is located in Cape Maclear. Billy Riordan Medical Clinic is 700 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries in every unit. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

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Sunbird Livingstonia Beach

Sunbird Livingstonia Beach offers accommodation in Senga. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. All units have a TV. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries in every unit. Towels and bed linen are available. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$288

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Nkhudzi Lodge

Located in Nkudzi, Nkhudzi Lodge features free WiFi, a garden and outdoor pool. Free private parking is available on site. Nkhudzi Lodge also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$4

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The Funky Cichlid

Located in Cape Maclear, 200 metres from Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Centre, The Funky Cichlid features a sun terrace and water sports facilities. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$10

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Nkhudzi Lodge

Nkhudzi Lodge

Located in Nkudzi, Nkhudzi Lodge features free WiFi, a garden and outdoor pool. Free private parking is available on site. Nkhudzi Lodge also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$4

$4-
The Funky Cichlid

The Funky Cichlid

Located in Cape Maclear, 200 metres from Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Centre, The Funky Cichlid features a sun terrace and water sports facilities. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$10

$10-
Thumbi View Lodge

Thumbi View Lodge

Thumbi View Lodge offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cape Maclear. Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Centre is on site. Free private parking is available on site. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar or at the pool bar. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$12

$12-
Cape Maclear EcoLodge & Scuba Shack

Cape Maclear EcoLodge & Scuba Shack

Set in Cape Maclear, Cape Maclear EcoLodge & Scuba Shack offers a garden and barbecue. Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Centre is 100 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. Towels are provided. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Dream Apartments

Dream Apartments

Offering a garden, Dream Apartments is located in Mbalamanja. Free private parking is available on site. All units are air conditioned and include a seating and dining area. All units feature a kitchen fitted with an oven and microwave. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Mgoza Lodge

Mgoza Lodge

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, Mgoza Lodge is located in Cape Maclear. Billy Riordan Medical Clinic is 700 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries in every unit. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

$65-
Blue Waters by Serendib

Blue Waters by Serendib

Blue Waters by Serendib offers accommodation in Senga. The hotel has an outdoor pool and barbecue, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$102

$102-
Sathi Suites

Sathi Suites

Sathi Suites offers accommodation in Senga. Free private parking is available on site. Featuring a patio, the accommodation has a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. There is also a kitchenette, fitted with an oven. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$115

$115-
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge

Sunbird Nkopola Lodge

Featuring free WiFi, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge offers accommodation in Chipoka. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a TV with satellite channels. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries in every unit. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$201

$201-
Madzi Kuwala

Madzi Kuwala

Boasting a year-round outdoor pool, Madzi Kuwala is a detached villa situated in Monkey Bay. The property boasts views of the lake and is 2.1 km from Money Bay Centre. Free private parking is available on site. The kitchen is fitted with an oven. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$250

$250-
Sunbird Livingstonia Beach

Sunbird Livingstonia Beach

Sunbird Livingstonia Beach offers accommodation in Senga. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. All units have a TV. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries in every unit. Towels and bed linen are available. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$288

$288-
North Farthing Lake Retreat

North Farthing Lake Retreat

North Farthing Lake Retreat is a holiday home set in Monkey Bay, 5 km from Money Bay Centre. The property is 5 km from Peoples Shop (Monkey Bay) and boasts views of the lake. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$300

$300-
N'Tendele Lodge

N'Tendele Lodge

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the lake, N'Tendele Lodge is set in Meponda. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$2000

$2000-

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Unusual Local Feature

Home of the Cichlid Fishes

Lake Malawi is noted for being the site of evolutionary radiations among several groups of animals, most notably cichlid fish. In total there are about 1,000 cichlid species in Lake Malawi and the vast majority are endemic. Many of these have become popular among aquarium owners due to their bright colors.

Their high rates of endism have also given them a central in understanding evolution. Some is called the study of the lakes cichlids second only Its importance for the study of evolution to that of the finches of the Galapagos Islands.
Scenic Waterways
The lake water is remarkably clear. The level varies according to season with a long-term cycle of fluctuation. Recent years have seen increases to the highest levels since recording began (probably due to increased rainfall and clearing of forests on the high plateau). Lake Malawi itself is the third deepest in the world and occupies an elongated crack of the Rift Valley.

Supplies and tours are available for a wide range of activities like snorkeling, diving, boat riding, sailing, water skiing, camping, trips to the islands located along the lake, beach football and other water activities.
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