Lake Nyasa

Lake Nyasa

Lake Nyasa is the southernmost, 3rd largest lake of East Africa. As it lies within Malawi, it is also famous in the name of Lake Malawi.

Touching 3 countries territory namely Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique, Lake Nyasa is placed in the south-west of Tanzania. After Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa is the 3rd largest lake in Africa. Covering more than an area of 11,400 square km, the length of the lake is 550 km and width is 75km.

With a depth of 700 meters, the sidewalls of the Lake are covered with mountain ranges. The forested Livingston Mountains and Nyika Plateau offer a spectacular view of the region. The Lake is a paradise for hikers.

The very distinctive character of Lake Nyasa is 14 rivers pour their waters into the lake and only one river flows out to the sea, the Shira River.

The Lake of stars offers so many things such as numerous opportunities for water sports as well as diving. The lake is enormously rich with diverse fish species approximately 30% of world’s cichlid species (colorful fish which are easily seen in the lake’s clear water) and is one of the most appealing lakes that offer unforgettable underwater views! For fish-lovers, the lake is a paradise.

The lake also offers nice beaches and places to swim. One of the best lakes is Matema, located in the northern part of the lake. The lake is considered to be the best beach for people who like to swim along the lakeshore.

Though Lake Nyasa does not receive many tourists, the lake is magnificently attractive and is rich in crocodiles and hippopotamus. For Fish lovers, Lake Nyasa is biologically the most diverse lake, containing approximately 30% of world’s cichlid species (colorful fish which are easily seen in the lake’s clear water)

Lake Nyasa At A Glance

Enjoy a good facts - here are a few useful ones about Lake Nyasa

May to mid-November is the dry season and this is the time when the breeding birds leave the Malawi region. November and December offer the best time to visit Malawi if birding safari is your interest.

The 3rd largest lake in Africa

Touches the border of 3 countries like Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique

Enormously rich with diverse fish species approximately 30% of world’s cichlid species (colorful fish which are easily seen in the lake’s clear water)

The lake also offers nice beaches and places to swim

Home to nearly 650 species, Malawi is a bird sanctuary. The major species spotted here are woodland and grassland birds. Other noted birds include Livingstone flycatcher, Lilian's lovebird, fish eagle, kingfishers, egrets and pelicans

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