Water Sports on Lake Malawi

A trip to the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi is one that will remain engraved in your memory for many safaris to come. Placed on the world map by famous explorer, Dr David Livingstone, the lake is currently recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.Dominated by Lake Malawi, the country is home to impressive numbers of wildlife and bird life that form part of active ecosystems. Although Malawi is a landlocked country, it offers African beach holidays on the shores of its freshwater lake. Two inhabited islands form part of the lake - Likoma and Chizumulu - and the lake is the southernmost lake in the Great Rift Valley system.

The local people use the lake as a major source of income and have established small fishing villages along the lake's shoreline. In addition to its economic value, Lake Malawi is a great recreational destination. Seasoned travellers will be aware of the uniqueness of Malawi and first time visitors will be impressed by this atypical African safari destination.


Under the liquid surface of Lake Malawi lives a freshwater paradise of numerous fish species. The calm waters of this UNESCO World Heritage site allow for hours of underwater discovery.

Scuba Diving

The protected areas of the Lake Malawi National Park provide a safe environment for divers. For longer periods of underwater exploration, scuba diving is the ideal activity. Keen divers should consider Nkhata Bay as their diving destination in Malawi. The warm waters and abundance of tropical fish species renders this diving spot unforgettable.

Sailing and Kayaking

There is no way more graceful to explore the calm waters of Lake Malawi than to navigate your way across its surface on a sailing or kayaking excursion. The lake's waters ensures smooth sailing with its tide- and current-free waters while kayaks take visitors to two deserted islands - Mumbo and Domwe.

Boat Trips

For casual cruises on the lake, boat trips are the ideal way to start or end a day. Watch as the crocodiles make their way onto the banks for an afternoon sunbathe or stare into an explosion of monotone colours as the sun sets. For a more adventurous trip, a speed boat or catamaran should be your form of transport.

Other Water Sports

There are many other water sports including wind surfing, wakeboarding, surfing, fishing (especially trout fishing) and just casual swimming.For a break from the adventurous water sports, you can laze on the sun-kissed shores of the lake or partake in beach sports like volleyball or football. Grab a towel and sunscreen and prepare for an afternoon of sunbathing, or be enveloped in a shaded hammock. Prepare a basket of snacks and refreshments and enjoy a picnic lunch as you watch the buzz of activity on the lake.

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