Lake Malawi rests in a trough created by the Great Rift Valley and is the most striking feature on the geographical map of Malawi. It is the third largest lake on the African cont

        

 

 

        Lake Malawi rests in a trough created by the Great Rift Valley and is the most striking feature on the geographical map of Malawi. It is the third largest lake on the African continent and encompasses 20% of Malawi’s total area. It is also listed as the twelfth largest freshwater lake in the world and is reported to have the largest number of fish species of any lake. Over 500 species are in evidence, and some reports conclude the number could be in excess of 1000. This would give Malawi a larger variety of freshwater fish than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of the fish belong to the cichli family.

            Along the western rim of the lake runs a narrow rim of low ground, with the high mountains of the Rift Valley wall running close to the shore. In many places sandy beaches can be found, most along the southern reaches of the lake. Most hotels and resort areas are found in the south, and fishing villages dot the landscape. The main tourism areas include Cape Maclear, Chintheche Strip, Likoma Island, Nkhata Bay, and Senga Bay.

            The lake can easily be reached from Lilongwe, which is a 1 1/2 hour drive east of the capital along a well-paved road. As well as Lake Malawi, the country has three other lakes; Lake Chilwa, southeast of Lake Malawi, Lake Chiuta, north of the big lake, and Lake Malombe, directly south of Lake Malawi. The main river in the nation is the Shire River, which flows out of the southern end of Lake Malawi on its southerly journey to the Zambezi in Mozambique and on to the Indian Ocean.

 

 A log that has carved from a large tree sits on the beach waiting for the village fisherman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishermen from the nearby village pull the boats in from their night mourings in preparation for the day of fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calm and sarene, Lake Malawi awaits the coming of the guests at the Cool Runnings Resort in Senga Bay

 

 

 

 

 

                                         

The guest at Cool Runnings has a clear view of the beach and the flowers that seem to bloom forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A solitary figure walks silently along the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short distance north of Cool Runnings is the Livingstonia Beach Resort.

 

 

 

Three fishermen in a carved out log leave the shore heading toward the fishing grounds.