Lake Malawi: Heaven On Earth

Lake Malawi, better known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is Heaven on Earth. It is a modern day Garden of Eden.

Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. This stunning lake is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in the Africa continent. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. Lake Malawi is a meromictic lake (water layers do not mix).

Cichlids from Lake Malawi

Cichlids from Lake Malawi

The lake has beaches on western Mozambique, eastern Malawi, and southern Tanzania. The lake lies in a valley formed by the opening of the East African Rift, where the African tectonic plate is being split into two pieces. This is called a divergent plate tectonics boundary. It is variously estimated at about 40,000 years old or about one to two million years.

Monoxylon Beach, Lake Malawi

Monoxylon Beach, Lake Malawi

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