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Shore of Lake Malawi
Shore of Lake Malawi

20% of the country is covered by Lake Malawi

Golden beaches, dotted with rustic and luxury lodges

Shore of Lake Malawi

Shore of Lake Malawi: in detail

Lakeshore beach holidays: the full story

The physical and spiritual backbone of the country is Lake Malawi, stretching for over 300 miles and covering more than 20% of the country in water. These clear, mineral-rich waters teem with countless, brightly coloured cichlid fish, many of which are endemic.

Many of the lodges around the lake offer diving and snorkelling. The diving in Lake Malawi is not comparable to diving around exotic coral reefs however it does offer you the unique experience of swimming in fresh water.

Although extremely rare, hippos and crocodiles have been sighted in the lake.

Looking along the lakeshore there are many places to stay. We have concentrated on the best, which are all tucked into secluded coves, on rocky islands and along the lake's golden beaches. These are perfect destinations in themselves, each offering a range of activities, or make thoroughly relaxing beach retreats after a safari holiday in Zambia.

Where to stay in Lakeshore

Our suggestions for beach lodges in Shore of Lake Malawi


Pumulani

Pumulani

Beside the lakeshore, Pumulani is a smart, beach retreat. It's owned by Robin Pope Safaris, from Zambia, and perfect for a few relaxing nights after a safari.


92% (24 reviews)
Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island Camp is a small eco camp on a small granite island in Lake Malawi. This is a great, remote spot for kayaking and snorkeling.


100% (9 reviews)
Chintheche Inn

Chintheche Inn

A warm, welcoming beach lodge on the western shore of Lake Malawi, Chintheche Inn offers simple but comfortable accommodation, and a wide range of activities, from watersports to cultural excursions.


86% (7 reviews)
Makokola Retreat

Makokola Retreat

Makokola Retreat is a large, family friendly lodge located on a stunning beach on the southern lakeshore of Lake Malawi.


95% (4 reviews)
Domwe Island

Domwe Island

Kayak Africa's Domwe Island in Lake Malawi


80% (1 review)
Makuzi Beach

Makuzi Beach

Makuzi Beach Lodge is situated on the northern shores of Lake Malawi and has one of the very few private beaches in Malawi


100% (1 review)
Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Blue Zebra

Blue Zebra is a simple and affordable beach lodge with lots of character, which is popular with expats and ever increasingly with international visitors.


100% (1 review)

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