Lake Malawi is one of Africa’s unspoiled jewels.
It is the largest feature in the country voted in 2013
as one of Top 10 destinations in the world by the
authoritative Lonely Planet publishers as well as
one of 20 Best Trips by National Geographic.
Lying at the southern end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley,
it is 355 miles (575km) from north to south and up to 50
miles(80km) wide. The third largest lake in Africa, and
twelfth in the world, it is home to an estimated 1000
species of colourful fish, most of the cichlidae
family beloved of freshwater aquarists, and many still
evolving in uniquely small environments around isolated
The northern lakeshore, shelving rapidly to depths of
more than 700m, is the most unspoiled part of this
pristine lake. The Beach House, which overlooks broad
silver sands, faces south-west and looks down the lake.
The sun rises in winter at one end of the beach and sets
at the other. In summer, the sunrise over the distant
islands of Chisumulu and Likoma is a photographer’s
Many of the most evocative pictures of Lake Malawi, used
in the country’s tourism promotional brochures,
coffee-table books, calendars and websites, have been
taken on and from the beach.