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

Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Located on the stunning Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi, Blue Zebra Island Lodge is a truly unique experience. Completely uninhabited and far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is truly nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Under the protection of the Lake Malawi National Park, these three Islands offer a unique opportunity to…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Cape Cottage, Lake 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: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi

Chintheche Inn is an elegant lodge located on the shores on Lake Malawi. Its stunning setting features white sand beaches and azure waters, waving palms and tropical forests. The lodge is made up of ten rooms, each furnished with en-suite facilities and panoramic views. The rooms also have mini bars and fireplaces. The lodge itself has a pool and beautiful…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Lake Malawi

24-day Southern Circle Tour

This exciting safari tour takes guests on a 24-day adventure through five Southern African countries, showcasing the best nature, wildlife and adventure destinations each one has to offer. Besides visiting the region’s essential destinations, such as the iconic Victoria Falls and the world-famous Kruger National Park, you will also have the opportunity for a host of other experiences. Encounter the…

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Duration: 24 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

East Africa Overland Tour (Vic Falls-Nairobi)

The classic and affordable East African overland camping tour starts in the fun-filled adventure town of Victoria Falls and ends in Nairobi, Kenya. The trip goes through 5 countries and showcases some of the best Africa has to offer. From the idyllic Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar and the white sand beaches of Lake Malawi, to the vast game-rich plains…

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Duration: 21 Days, 20 Nights
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Magical Malawi Luxury Safari Tour

This safari tour takes guests on a 14–day adventure, covering all the highlights that the incredible country of Malawi has to offer. Everything from Big 5 wildlife viewing to thrilling beach and water sports are offered on this tour. It starts off with 3 nights in Majete Wildlife Reserve, a 70000-hectare reserve of woodlands and grasslands that are home to…

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Duration: 14 days
Budget: More than $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
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