Undoubtedly, the jewel in Malawi’s crown, the breath-taking Lake Malawi is the undisputed draw card of the friendliest country in Africa. Fringed by beaches of golden sand and sapphire water as far as the eye can, this incredible ‘inland sea’ is not only a scenic wonderland, but also a holiday and water sports mecca.
Part of the tumble of mountains and lakes that make up the Great Rift Valley, shoals of brightly coloured fish teem in the gin-clear shallows, while African fish eagles perch on the branches of lakeside trees, their distinctive calls a soothing soundtrack to a Lake Malawi holiday.
Lakeside lodges provide comfortable and laid-back accommodation, ranging from family-friendly beach resorts to romantic island lodges and a plethora of water-based activities abound. Snorkelling and scuba diving is a must for marine-lovers, while the calm, tranquil waters are ideal for kayaking, water-skiing and fair-weather sailing.
Teeming with more fish species than any other lake on Earth, the quaint fishing villages surrounding the lake are well worth a visit too, where local fishermen carry on the techniques handed down to them from generations before.
Lying in Mozambican waters just off the eastern shore is the tiny unspoilt Likoma Island, whose rocky promontories, golden beaches and huge baobab trees create an idyllic oasis.
Steeped in colonial history, this sleepy island’s claim to fame is its beautiful cathedral, which was built by missionaries who came to the island inspired by the words of David Livingstone. A small bustling community lives here, however it is the island’s pristine beaches, exquisite waters, and spattering of luxurious beach lodges that beg to be enjoyed.
Powder-white, footprint-free sands scattered with regal baobabs and beautiful panoramic views of Mozambique’s wild coast across the water create the perfect place to escape for a few days.