The lake is one of the largest in Africa and is home to a cocktail of spectacular tropical fish. Due to the fact that Lake Malawi is distinctly separated from other seas’, oceans and other water bodies, the lake is a true example of biological evolution.  .

Swimming amongst its diverse inhabitants is a fabulous experience which you will never forget, just imagine bathing in a huge freshwater aquarium and you will get the picture!

Endemic to Lake Malawi, the Blue Zebra, known locally as ‘Mbuna Cichlid’, means ‘rock fish’ and its name refers to its natural habitat. This stunning fish favours rocky parts along the shore, and rock caves. Blue Zebras can measure from 2.5cm in length, with larger species approaching nearly 1m in length and feeds on a diet of algae and plants. 

Interestingly, more than a thousand species of African cichlid live in Lake Malawi, several hundred of which are endemic. In 2010, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified 184 species of cichlid as vulnerable, 52 as endangered, and 106 as critically endangered. At present, six species are listed as entirely extinct.

Lake Malawi consists of crystal clear fresh water, with long stretches of deserted golden sandy lakeshore. It is home to more species of fish than in all the lakes and Rivers of Europe and North America put together!

There is plenty to do on the lake, apart from swimming with its brilliant tropical fish. The size of the lake, the temperate water and the stunning beaches surrounding it, make it perfect for all-year round swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, sailing, kayak parasailing, or just sailing on the lake.  A local waterbus also runs daily allowing visitors to enjoy the lake’s picture-perfect views. 

One word of advice for travellers visiting Lake Malawi, do not forget to pack your underwater camera!

To find out more about the great Lake Malawi, please telephone 0115 972 7250.

www.malawitourism.com