Malawi is a hidden gem in Africa that is speedy emerging as a comprehensive tourist location, supplying safaris, scenery, beaches and wealthy cultural experiences. But the jewel in the crown of Malawi’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi – the Rift Valley’s ‘Lake of Stars’. Residence to the world’s initially freshwater National Park and covering a third of the nation, Lake Malawi is the third biggest lake in Africa. Despite the fact that a lake of crystal clear fresh water, its size and depth provides it a sea-like look, with one particular side hardly ever visible from the other, and a shoreline of idyllic golden sandy beaches lapped by gentle waves. The Lake is a true-life aquarium, residence to up to 1000 species of brightly coloured tropical fish, quite a few exclusive to the Lake. That is much more species than all the lakes and rivers of Europe and North America place with each other! Far from hiding away, these fish will swim about you, come up close, and boast their magnificence suitable in front of your eyes.
This vast physique of freshwater is not only a scenic wonderland but it gives a wide variety of water sport possibilities for these seeking for one thing beyond sun, sand and swimming. And international-class accommodation is dotted along its length, primarily tiny friendly lodges, that suit all budgets and interests. Selections variety from luxury lodges and yacht charters to rustic camps, and incorporate the chance to keep on deserted tropical islands, each and every with their personal piece of paradise and lots of activities to retain you occupied. Equally, all give a actually relaxing beach knowledge, generally in comprehensive seclusion. Under we recognize four incredible lodges identified on islands in Lake Malawi.
Blue Zebra Island Lodge, Marelli Islands (Lake Malawi National Park)
Located in the Central Area of Malawi and just a two hour journey from Lilongwe, Blue Zebra Island Lodge is a exclusive escape for nature lovers and adventurous travellers. This wild paradise is exclusively situated on Nankoma Island, element of the Marelli Island Archipelago.
The 3 islands of this group are in Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO Planet Heritage website residence to a vast array of uncommon and colourful fresh water fish (cichlids), quite a few of which are endemic to Lake Malawi. The islands assistance diverse flora and fauna and are a haven for bird watchers.
This is an idyllic luxury retreat with 8 en-suite safari-style tented chalets & a superior household cottage overlook the lake. Secluded Executive Chalets are set in an unspoiled atmosphere, with private balconies boasting spectacular lake views. Packages incorporate a tasteful menu with elaborate two-course lunches & three-course dinners.
Guests can laze in the hammocks with that book you have been as well busy to study, chill out with cocktails at the infinity pool or loosen up with a massage. The much more active can discover by kayak, boat or trek the nature trails. Snorkel trips, sunset cruises, water-skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are well-liked with occasional yoga retreats and seasonal Scuba diving.
Mumbo Island Camp, Lake Malawi National Park
Mumbo Island Camp is on a pristine, deserted island 10 kilometres off the Cape Maclear Peninsula in the southern element of Lake Malawi and it lies inside the Lake Malawi National Park. This exclusive camp provides barefoot luxury and tranquillity in what need to be one particular of the most beautiful areas in Africa.
The camp is tucked away on the rocks and beaches of a serene bay and the crystal-clear waters surrounding Mumbo Island are protected, generating for exceptional freshwater diving and snorkelling. Lake Malawi National Park was established mostly to shield some of Lake Malawi’s really wealthy aquatic life and the park is especially properly identified for its colourful cichlid fish population, which can be quickly noticed at Mumbo.
Accommodation functions tastefully furnished tents and household units with shaded decks, hammocks, en-suite hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. The Camp’s building adheres to the strictest principles of eco-architecture and its operations make an nearly zero ecological effect on the island. A blend of exploration and leisure primarily based activities are provided at Mumbo Island Camp. Kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, boat rides, scenic walks and birding are all out there.
Domwe Island Camp, Lake Malawi National Park
Domwe Island is the Lake Malawi National park’s wildest island. Its ancient forest supports various species of mammals and several birds, when the surrounding waters are residence to more than 5 hundred species of tropical fish. Domwe Island has in no way been populated and is nonetheless in a pristine all-natural state.
The island is excellent for active guests and these that enjoy observing nature. There are in depth and difficult nature trails that weave about huge granite boulders and giant trees sea kayaking along the 11km shoreline will delight these who take pleasure in exploring and the clean and clear blue waters about the island are excellent for snorkelling, swimming and Scuba diving.
The camp on Domwe Island lies at a tiny beach on the island’s sunset side. The camp is straightforward but exclusive, and makes it possible for for self-catering, with a totally- equipped camp kitchen (even though there is also a cook on hand!)
The accommodation consists of 3 totally-furnished safari tents and two tent websites, complemented by a dining location with bar and a water-sport deck. The complete camp is minimalist and eco-friendly, and is tucked into the lush foliage to produce a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atmosphere of rustic charm.
Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island
Despite the fact that not situated on its personal deserted island, no round-up of Lake Malawi’s island lodges would comprehensive devoid of Kaya Mawa, a lodge rated as one particular of the prime ten most romantic spot on the planet by Condé Nast. Likoma is Lake Malawi’s biggest island and is residence not only to a quantity of villages, but also a magnificent cathedral constructed by missionaries more than 100 years ago that is equivalent in size to Winchester Cathedral.
Which means ‘maybe tomorrow’ in the neighborhood dialect, Kaya Mawa is a lodge of correct luxury, situated on the southern tip if the island on a crescent beach. All of its rooms are handcrafted and made to match into the surroundings while taking benefit of the breath-taking views across the Lake. There is now a wide assortment of accommodation from stone and teak-thatched rooms and chalets to magnificent private homes (with 1-four bedrooms). Every has its personal really feel and design and style and with private decks, plunge pools and direct access to the crystal clear waters of the Lake, all guests are properly catered for and actually spoiled.
There is a bewildering array of water activities such as diving, sail-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kite surfing, water skiing, sailing and wakeboarding, plus mountain bikes and quad bikes for these who want to discover on land. With an award-nominated restaurant serving fresh revolutionary dishes employing neighborhood organic make and fresh lake fish, and a properly-stocked bar with endless views of the Lake to the south, it is really difficult to leave! Possibly tomorrow…
Kelly White is Director of the Malawi Travel Promoting Consortium. Malawi Travel Promoting Consortium aims to present you with the ideal details to make Malawi your tourism location.
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