The vast Lake Malawi stretches from the extreme northeast to Mangochi in the south. The shores of the almost 24,000 square km large and 699 m high lake are mostly sandy, the more developed coastal sections are mostly free of schistosomiasis pathogens (see Health ). Crocodiles are not to be found at the main bathing resorts. There are no tides or currents. Most hotels provide boats and allow guests to enjoy water sports such as sailing, fishing, water skiing and surfing. Lake Malawi is an underwater paradise for divers. It is the most species-rich lake in the world.
Excellent beaches invite on the island of Likoma for a swim, the Anglican Cathedral standing on a hill is also worth a visit. Accommodation is limited here.
The best way to get to know Lake Malawi is to take a round trip aboard the Ilala II, the lake’s small liner that operates between Monkey Bay (north of Club Makokola ) and Karonga in the north of the country. On the 1052 km long journey, visitors can see the river ports and enjoy the view of the mountainous landscape. The months from March to May are the best for a lake cruise. Departure is regularly on Fridays, return on the following Wednesday. In the high season, due to the large crowds, it is necessary to reserve cabins on theIlala II to reserve and pay in advance.
Cape Maclear near Monkey Bay is in Lake Malawi National Park (see National Parks ). A sandy beach and pleasant water temperatures invite you to swim. Nkhata Bay is quiet and secluded. Formerly the center of the slave trade in southern Africa, Nkhotakota is one of Africa’s oldest market towns.
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Senga Bay 19 km from Salima is the largest seaside resort in the central region of the country with excellent accommodation and camping facilities. Lizard Island near Salima is a conservation area and home to various species of lizards and eagles. West of Salima on the way to the new capital, Lilongwe, you cross a large fertile plain. Lilongwe has replaced Zomba as Malawi’s capital and lies in the heart of the fertile agricultural region of central Malawi. The modern city is characterized by imaginative architecture and a charming environment. North of the capital lies the 2000 square km large Kasungu National Park – a vast area of forested hills and grasslands that provides habitat for many animal species (see below).
Handicrafts made of raffia, reed, sisal, palm and corn leaves, furniture made of wood and wicker, soapstone work, colorful fabrics, ceramics and beadwork. Wood carvings from Malawi are among the most beautiful in all of Africa. There is a wood carving school and a beautiful shop at Mua Mission south of Salima. Traditional musical instruments are sold across the country. Shop opening hours: Mon-Sat 08.00-17.00. Markets and street stalls are open daily.
The country’s specialty is fresh fish from Lake Malawi. Chambo (tilapia fish) is the lake’s greatest delicacy. You eat very well in hotel restaurants and the larger restaurants in the capital. There is a wide range of poultry, dairy and tropical fruits. Drinks: The local beer is good, imported beer and soft drinks are widely available. Wine is mainly imported from South Africa. Gin from Malawi is well known and cheap.
There are excellent hotels in the larger towns of Lilongwe, Blantyre/Limbe and Mzuzu. The same is true of the main resort towns on the shores of Lake Malawi, particularly to the south between Monkey Bay and Mangochi. A new luxury hotel was built in the Zomba plateau.
There are a few campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi, often near hotels, as well as in the wildlife parks and reserves. The campsites are usually very well equipped and offer excellent accommodation options in the dry season from April to November.
75% Christian (mostly Protestant (55%)); 20% Muslims; 3% adherents of indigenous religions.
Social Rules of Conduct
The previous strict clothing regulations, especially for women, have now been lifted. Nevertheless, modest clothing is generally appropriate. Long hair on men (above the collar of the shirt) is unwelcome. Tipping: Most hotels and restaurants charge a 10% service charge. Tipping is only customary for special services. Taxi drivers receive a 10% tip.
Best travel time
It is warmest along Lake Malawi, but there is usually a cool breeze. cooler in the mountains. Winters (May to July) are dry. Nights can be cold, especially in the mountains. The rainy season lasts from November to March.
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19,129,952 (Source: homosociety)
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