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Lake Malawi, sometimes known as the Lake of Stars after the reflection of the stars in its clear waters, covers roughly one-fifth of Malawi.

Secluded beaches

Golden beaches can be found around the shores of the lake and its waters contain many endemic tropical fish. There are tiny islands offering delightful hideaways for those seeking relaxation and watersports.

Activities

Club Makokola, Southern Shores of Lake Malawi
Swimming in the clear water, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking or simply swinging in a hammock and enjoying the views are just some of the activities on offer.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Malawi

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Malawi, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Malawi

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Lake Malawi

    Photos of Lake Malawi

    Our expert guides to exploring Lake Malawi

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Lake Malawi, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Lake Malawi at its best.

    • Kayak Africa's Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

      Lake Malawi holidays

      Known as the "Lake of Stars" and running nearly the length of the country, Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi. It's ideal for families, honeymooners or those simply seeking a relaxing break after a safari, and our country specialists will ensure you experience the best of it during your stay.

    Accommodation choices for Lake Malawi

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Malawi. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Nautical themes in the lounge at Chintheche

      Chintheche Inn

      Medium

      Chinteche is small and friendly and very homely. It's in a quiet spot and we highly recommend it.

    • Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi National Park

      Mumbo Island

      Medium

      Mumbo Island is a beautiful and secluded camp located on a private island offshore from Cape Maclear. The camp is accessed by kayak from the Kayak Africa base at Cape Maclear and you are guided across the Lake by an experienced guide.

    • Pumulani, Cape Maclear

      Pumulani Lodge

      First Class

      Pumulani is an ideal location for those who want some more conventionally luxurious surroundings after a safari, or for an introduction to Africa without too much culture shock. The views are magnificent and it is the perfect place for a few days of relaxation and exploring the lake.

    • Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Bay Wilderness Area

      Nkwichi Lodge

      First Class

      Located on the Mozambique shores of Lake Malawi, Nkwichi easily rivals the Indian Ocean beaches on the eastern side of the country. The staff are friendly and welcoming. A lot of lodges make claims to "eco-tourism" but a stay at Nkwichi feels like the real thing.

    • Ndomo Point House, Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

      Kaya Mawa

      First Class

      Kaya Mawa is a unique lodge in Malawi on Likoma Island. Accommodation is luxurious with great attention to detail. The staff are extremely friendly and accommodating and make you feel at home.