Interesting Facts About Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

is an African Great Lake wedged between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. Estimated at 360 miles long and 47 miles wide, it is the fifth-largest lake in the world and second largest in Africa. There are many interesting facts about Lake Malawi but we are only going to focus on a few. The lake was discovered by Dr. David Livingstone by late 16th century, a Scottish missioner. He named it Lake of Stars because of its stunning sparkles when the sun is rising.

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Map of  Malawi

Its national park is located at the southern tip and it’s called Lake Malawi National Park. In 1984, UNESCO inscribed as a World Heritage. The beaches are natural and beautiful attracting people from around the world if they are able to locate it on the map.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.

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Some activities around Lake Malawi

Some of the most important wildlife found in and around Lake Malawi include hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, monkeys, and fish eagles. Important bird species include herons, kingfishers, and cormorants. Other animals from around the lake include baboons, antelopes, and hyrax. The natives along the lake are very welcoming to tourists just like any parts of the country, truly living up to their nickname, The Warm Heart of Africa.

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Kids playing after swimming in Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. Many cichlid species from Lake Malawi are very popular among aquarium owners, because of their bright colors. My first encounter of some of these cichlids was in Issaquah, Washington. I went to a local pet store to check out a girl that worked there and I happened to like. While reading a sticker on one of the aquarium tanks, I saw something say “from Lake Malawi.”

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Cichlids-Lake Malawi

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