Malawi is strangely underrated as a travel destination, its image dominated by a single physical feature – Lake Malawi – only part of which lies within its borders. While the west side of this Rift Valley lake is Malawian, most of the long, crooked eastern shore belongs to Tanzania and Mozambique, both of which still call it Nyasa, which simply means “Lake” in the Yao language. Supremely peaceful and serene, the lake has a soothing effect on the weariest of travellers, particularly at dawn and dusk when the horizon melts into the sky. It offers enticing sandy beaches, laid back lodges and unmissable opportunities for freshwater snorkelling and diving . . .

(continued on p. 313)

Links we like

The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi Page after page of information on Malawi’s famous freshwater fish – and puzzles, too.

Malawi Tourism Official visitor information.

Friends of Malawi Created by former Peace Corps volunteers, with a “Learn about Malawi” section full of useful cultural background and practical tips.

Lake of Stars One of Africa’s best music festivals, held on the shores of Lake Malawi.

This page last edited 12 June 2011 © Richard Trillo and Emma Gregg


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