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AboutLake Malawi National Park

The most picturesque part of Lake Malawi is in the south where Lake Malawi National Park is; home to hundreds of fish species, including the colourful cichlids. Inside the park the scenery is scintillating. Steep hills carpeted with trees tumble down into the deep blue water of the lake, while the shoreline is punctuated by islands, bays and large granite boulders. The clarity of the (not salty!) water and the great abundance of marine life make it ideal for snorkeling and diving, while the absence of currents ensures it is wonderful for swimming, sailing, kayaking and watersports.

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The most picturesque part of Lake Malawi is in the south where Lake Malawi National Park is; home to hundreds of fish species, including the colourful cichlids.
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One of the hidden gems of Africa is Lake Malawi. You wouldn’t expect to find a beautiful beach in the middle of a landlocked country such as Malawi, but that’s exactly what you get at Lake Malawi. The water here is wonderfully fresh and clean, and it feels just like being by the sea. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Malawi, so a visit is definitely recommended!

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History & Geography
The first European visitor to the lake was the Portuguese trader Jose da Costa Cardoso. He visited the lake in 1846. However, Lake Malawi owes its nickname – Lake of Stars – to another explorer, David Livingstone. He saw the fishing boats going up the lake in the dark, each boat carrying a light. Thus, at night the lake resembled a true starry sky!

Lake Malawi belongs to the Rift Valley Lakes. These lakes are located at the boundary of the African plateau. Because of this location, the Rift Valley lakes are some of the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lakes. They are very carefully maintained by the WWF.

Affectionately known as the calendar lake, Lake Malawi is 365 miles (560 kilometers) long and 52 miles (75 kilometers) at its widest point and has 12 main rivers flowing into it. The largest river flowing into the lake is however the Ruhuhu River; and it also branches off into the Shire River, which eventually flows into the ocean via the mighty Zambezi River. Only 20 percent of the water from Lake Malawi ends up in the ocean. The rest would have already evaporated by then! Another special feature of Lake Malawi is its meromictic character. This means that the different layers of the lake do not mix with each other.

Wildlife
The fresh water is home to a wide variety of underwater animals. In the lake you will find countless fish such as the popular chambo (a local delicacy) and the beautiful, colorful endangered cyclid fish. In addition, you will regularly find two species of otters regularly sighted along the coastline and even on some of the islands. However, on the banks you will also find various animals, for example baboons, antelopes and different birds, such as the fish eagle, pied kingfisher, southern brown-throated weaver and the giant marabou stork.

Activities
Lake Malawi is the perfect snorkeling location. The water is crystal clear, sometimes allowing you to see as far as 30 meters deep. With even a simple snorkeling equipment you can already see the most magnificent fish, which feed on the surface of the rocks.

The experienced diver will of course go for a scuba dive. In the area there are several rental and teaching locations.
Do you prefer to stay above the water surface? Then go for a day of kayaking or sailing. The calm water is ideal for a relaxing kayak/canoe experience, while there is enough wind on the lake for a wonderful sailing trip.

The beach and the impressive lake obviously stand out the most. But there is also plenty to do in Malawi. Mount Mulanje is an excellent option for those looking to explore and hike a mountain. You can opt for a short trek and end off with a swim at Likhubula Falls. Alternatively for the more active, summiting over 3000 meters to Sapitwa summit, which will see you at Malawi’s highest point.

Pumulani Lodge
Pumulani Lodge is a luxury beach lodge located on the shores of Lake Malawi. It consists of several luxurious villas with stunning views of the lake. You have your own terrace, spacious living room and large bedroom. You can walk straight from your villa into the water for a refreshing dip or for a moment of relaxation on the beach. Prefer to cool off in a pool? Then enjoy the two infinity pools that Pumulani offers its guests. A great place to relax and unwind after a day of exciting activities.

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