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Each of us carries the memory of a special place. A special time. To a fortunate few it is time spent on one of the most beautiful lakeshore beaches in the world. An extraordinary place known as Lake Malawi. This is a lakeside paradise waiting to be discovered. Close your eyes and you hear the call of a fish eagle, the lapping of the Lake on the sandy shore…. Open them and gaze across the sparkling Lake at a distant island, a faraway shore, an infinite blue sky.

Nature has endowed Lake Malawi with the richest variety of tropical fish of any freshwater lake in the world. Up to 500 species of cichlids are unique to these waters. In 1980, Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, was proclaimed a world Heritage Site.

If you’re keen on combining underwater exploration with relaxing, the cries of fish eagles, fishermen in dugouts silhouetted against the evening skies then Lake Malawi is an excellent place to visit.

Lake Malawi borders the Lake Malawi National Park and is in the little African country of Malawi. It is 4 hours drive from the cities of either Blantyre or Lilongwe.

When to Visit Lake Malawi

The Lakeshore areas have a low rainfall and a warm relaxing climate with mean daily temperatures ranging from 84°F (29°C) in January to 70°F (21°C) in July. The dry season is between May and October, with rain during the remaining months but particularly between December and March.

Getting to Lake Malawi

By Air: Direct flights several times a week from most European Capitals to Lilongwe International Airport.

By Car: From Lilongwe Airport it is about four hours by car to Lake Malawi.

Where to stay

Club Makoloa Scuba Blue’s Dive Center commenced operations on site at Club Makokola in October 1996. The staff of Scuba Blue have been running a scuba diving center in Malawi since 1986 and are well qualified to show guests the best dive sites in the area and to cater for all your diving requirements. Scuba Blue runs two open, wooden dive boats which can cater for a total of 14 divers at a time. Most of their dives are conducted in Lake Malawi National Park waters, on rock reefs or dive sites around Boadzulu Island.

Chembe Lodge is not your ordinary type of lodge, it has a game lodge type atmosphere, but yet is situated directly on the beaches of Lake Malawi at Cape MacLear. The accommodation is in walk-in tents and meals are served on a communal table. They also have a dive shop that offers trips to the lake and scuba instruction.

Venice Beach Backpacker’s Lodge is a low-keytraveler’s lodge situated on a long, white, sandy, beach in a small fishing village on the southern shores of Lake Malawi.

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