Lake Malawi – ‘The Lake of Stars’ as named by David Livingstone provides a unique African travel experience. The country's tourism crown is the beautiful Lake Malawi which stretches from south to north the entire length of the country. Superb canoe, snorkelling and diving safaris can be had in this freshwater lake. An explosion of colourful cichlid species swim around you beneath the turquoise waters. The local people are incredibly friendly and it is authentic Africa at its best. Lake Malawi is a great holiday destination for solo travellers, couples and families. It is also popular with backpackers and several overland trips head up and down its coastline every month. However it is still an unspoilt destination and offers solitude, peace and tranquility in most places. In addition the lake offers superb beaches, great interaction opportunities with local communities and fantastic birding.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 29 600 square km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cichlid Fish
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Cape Maclear

Accommodation in Lake Malawi

Cape Cottage, Malawi

Cape Cottage is a wonderful little cottage situated on the beach at Cape Maclear in Malawi. The cottage is self-catering, with space for up to four people. It features a fully fitted kitchenette and en-suite facilities, and is the perfect place to overnight at Cape Maclear before setting off on an island safari to one of Lake Malawi’s islands. The…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Mbuna Bay Retreat, Mozambique

A haven for nature lovers, Mbuna Bay Retreat is located directly on the shores of Lake Niassa (Mozambique part of Lake Malawi). Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest lake and home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world. Despite its remote location, it is easily accessible - it is 15 km south of Metangula town…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Mumbo Island Camp, Lake Malawi

Mumbo Island Camp is located on the beautiful, pristine Mumbo Island, situated in Lake Malawi. The island is unpopulated, and exists in an immaculate state of wilderness. It is covered by ancient trees and surrounded by crystal clear waters. The camp is small and intimate, accommodating just 14 guests in its fully furnished safari tents. Each tent is beautifully designed,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Lake Malawi

Malawi & Zambia Southern Tour

Great value for money; Beautiful bush and beach destinations; Variety of exciting activities; Various accommodation and budget options

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Duration: 15 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Vervet Monkey

Key Species


African Fish Eagle
Livingstone Flycatcher
Lillian's Lovebird
African Marsh Harrier
Peregrine Falcon

Nile Crocodile
Leopard Tortoise
Water Monitor Lizard

African Teak
Fever Tree
African Blackwood

Open Water
Islands & Beaches
Savannah Woodland
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 4
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 8