Luxury Safari Holidays to Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world, was dubbed “Lake of Stars” by Dr. David Livingstone, who trekked here a century and a half ago.
The lake has more tropical fish than any lake in the world — 1,300 species — and the freshwater diving is great.
The biodiversity has been recognized by UNESCO, which has made Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first freshwater park, a World Heritage Site.
Located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi, with its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop, the national park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic.
Lying within the Western Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is one of the deepest lakes in the world. The property is an area of exceptional natural beauty with the rugged landscapes around it contrasting with the remarkably clear waters of the lake. The property is home to many hundreds of cichlid fish, nearly all of which are endemic to Lake Malawi, and are known locally as “mbuna”. The Mbuna fishes display a significant example of biological evolution. Due to the isolation of Lake Malawi from other water bodies, its fish have developed impressive adaptive radiation and speciation, and are an outstanding example of the ecological processes.
Things to at Lake Malawi in Malawi
Considering that Lake Malawi is one of the cleanest lakes on the planet with remarkable biodiversity, it’s no surprise that there’s a plethora of fun and relaxing activities to be enjoyed along the lakeshore. Swimming in the lake’s clear, warm freshwater is surely the most pleasurable experience.
A dive is great and you can see some incredibly unique fish however if you don’t have your PADI don’t fear! Thanks to the beautifully clear waters you can see a whole lot by just putting on a snorkel mask. Ask us or your lodge for top snorkel spots.
Why not grab a picnic and a kayak and head off to explore the islands around the shore of Malawi? Explore the coastline of Lake Malawi, you are likely to spot a whole lot of aquatic birds, see the Fish eagle fishing, and if you are lucky you may spot an otter or two.
The Lake is a popular destination for scuba diving with people visiting especially to dive. Many resorts along the lakeshore offer scuba diving at very good prices. Some even offer night dives, which is extremely popular as all the nocturnal creatures come out to play.
Different lodges offer varying water sports activities; some will offer motorized sports, such as wakeboarding and tubing, most will offer non-motorized activities such as kayaking.
There are a few hiking trails around the national park. Each one offers fantastic and rewarding views. The difficulty isn’t particularly hard but be sure to take plenty of water.
Best time to experience Luxury holidays to Lake Malawi
For Lake Malawi in particular, November and December are particularly lovely. This is when vegetation in the area tends to thin out a bit and you can get the best glimpses of local wildlife, during this time, the wildlife is more likely to congregate around the waterholes rather than go off hunting in the bush for food.
How to get to Lake Malawi
With relatively short distances between places of interest, reasonable road surfaces, and little traffic using a 4×4 safari vehicle Lake Malawi is located 280 km from the main capital Lilongwe and the drive can take between 3-4 hours.
Where to stay at Lake Malawi
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature, with Lake Malawi’s lightly crashing waves and chirping birds. The lodge has a range of accommodation options to suit individuals, couples, families, and friends. You can choose a secluded chalet to the side of Nankoma Island or more central safari tents to be nearer the lodge facilities.
Thumbi View Lodge
Thumbi View Lodge offers pet-friendly accommodations in Cape Maclear. Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Center is on-site. Free private parking is available on site.
Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar or in the pool. The property also offers packed lunches.
The property has a long private beach area with sun loungers. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including snorkeling, diving, hiking trails, kayaking, and sunset cruises.
THINGS TO DO
|Snorkeling on Lake Malawi|
|Kayaking on Lake Malawi|
|Scuba diving on Lake Malawi|
|Sunset boat cruise on Lake Malawi|
|Fishing safaris on Lake Malawi|
|Hiking safaris in Lake Malawi national park|
|Birding safaris in Lake Malawi|
WHERE TO STAY
|Kaya Mawa Lodge Likoma island|
|Mumbo island camp|
|Kaya Mawa Ndomo point house|
|Blue Zebra island Lodge|
|Domwe island Camp|
WHEN TO GO
|Best time to visit Lake Malawi|
|4 Days Luxury Lake Malawi safari|
|5 Days Lake Malawi adventure safari|
|7 Days Lake Malawi and wildlife safari|
|7 Days Lake Malawi Honeymoon safari|
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