Lake Malawi – Malawi, Tanzania
Today you relax and enjoy the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Malawi. You can laze around at the pool at your accommodation, snorkel or swim in Lake Malawi. There are a variety of optional activities on offer here. The following morning we make our way north and spend another night on the banks of Lake Malawi where you will enjoy a magnificent sunset over the lake. Your guide will help you plan your activities for the days ahead or you can simply take time out and to relax on the shore.
Lake Malawi is the third biggest in Africa and the eighth biggest in the world, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake offers fantastic snorkelling and diving adventures and it’s tropical waters contain more species of fish than any other lake on earth. These fish support the locals who rely on the lake for survival, using mokoros (dug-out canoes) to set out massive nets. There is a huge variety of different ethnic groups dwelling in this area and as a result, there are plenty of dialects to be learnt and spoken. Majority of these groups are Christians due to the countless missionaries who passed through the area, whilst the remainder have maintained their traditional belief systems.
David Livingstone arrived at Lake Malawi in 1895 while he was trying to put a stop to the awful slave trade taking place. He returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries who established a mission station in the southern area of the lake, but some contracted malaria and other various illnesses. They also had great conflict with slave-drivers. The surviving missionaries soon withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone returned in 1866 as part of his journey to discover the source of the Nile. In 1869 he traveled north and was subsequently out of contact for almost two years. Found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871, Stanley uttered the famous phrase: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.” Livingstone then carried out his mission, eventually dying at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873.
The death of this remarkable explorer revived the desire in other missionaries to come to Malawi and, after they finally finished setting up missions in various malaria-ridden areas, they constructed a malaria-free mission in the highlands of the eastern escarpment, aptly named Livingstonia. This particular mission is still operational today and is open to visitors willing to embark on a strenuous hike in order to reach it. Because of the difficulty of this 6-8 hour trek to the mission, you should be sure to partake in it only if you feel you are truly fit enough to brave the steep slopes and boiling temperatures.
Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ngala Beach Lodge (day 1), Majizuwa (day 2)
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
Included Highlight: Malawi Village Tour