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Lake Malawi, The Lake Of Stars In Africa

This vast body of fresh water fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. 

Lake Malawi, one of many elongated lakes that form part of the Great Rift Valley of east Africa. Lake Malawi, 1 of the largest lakes in the world, was dubbed “Lake of Stars” by Dr. David Livingstone, who trekked here a century and a half ago. Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa, is an African Great Lake, located between Malawi, Mozambiqueand Tanzania. The existence of the lake was reported by a Portuguese explorer, Caspar Boccaro, in 1616. David Livingstone, the British explorer-missionary, reached it from the south in 1859.

Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi width varies from 16 to 80 km and its area is 29,604 square km. The lake has more tropical fish than any lake in the world 1,300 species and the freshwater diving is great. The surface of the lake is 1,550 feet above sea level, and the depth increases to 2,310 feet toward the northern end. The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago.

Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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This vast body of fresh water fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. The largest river flowing into it is the Ruhuhu River, and there is an outlet at its southern end, the Shire River, a tributary that flows into the very large Zambezi River in Mozambique. Lake Malawi National Park is a national park located in Malawi at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and the traditional industry and practices are an attraction to visitors. Access to the Lake is possible along much of its length but it should be noted that it is usually necessary to take a short detour off the main roads in order to reach the beach. Lake Malawi is very beautiful, and is appealing to tourists because of its islands and beaches. Some of the most important activities offered by the local resorts include snorkeling, boat riding, kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, camping, water skiing, trips to the islands, beach football, and many other water activities.

Lake Malawi, Malawi Africa
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