LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK
This is the first fresh water National Park in the world, declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 to protect the diverse marine life, most of which is only available in Malawi. It is located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi. In addition to the deep, clear waters of the Lake and the mountain backdrop, the park also includes a land area around the cape and bay, as well as islands 100 metres offshore. It is home to a staggering array of colourful tropical fish species, most of them in the cichlid family, all endemic to Malawi.
Lake Malawi National Park encompasses a wide variety of scenery ranging from the wooded rocky mountains slopping down to the shores of the Lake, to sandy coves and beaches. It’s clear blue waters are popular for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and swimming. It is also bordered by several heritage sites such the locally famous ‘mwala wa mphini’ (rock of the ethnic face tattoos), as well as graves of the early missionaries who settled around the area in the 1870s.