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Lake Malawi National Park: World Heritage Site


If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is enveloped by sandy beaches and the granite islands of the Cape Maclear peninsula, located at the southern tip of the lake. The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available. 

Lake Malawi National Park is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. The park is also home to other animals such as baboons, and an 800 year old  baobab tree.The many endemic fish species make it a key example of specialized evolution. For this characteristic, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. 

Lake Malawi is between 560 kilometres (350 mi) and 580 kilometres (360 mi) long, and about 75 kilometres (47 mi) wide at its widest point. The lake has a total surface area of about 29,600 square kilometres (11,400 sq mi). The lake is 706 m (2,316 ft) at its deepest point. The Lake, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 

Visit the Malawi Tourism Guide's website for more information and to reserve a booking at a lodge: malawitourism.com/lake-malawi-national-park 

Sources: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Malawi_National_Park & wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Malawi &
malawitourism.com/lake-malawi-national-park & whc.unesco.org/en/list/289 &
mumboisland.com

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Below: Inkhata Bay, Lake Malawi. Credit: Hein waschefort (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 
Image source:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/INKHATA_BAY_LAKE_MALAWI_2.jpg