Most visitors to Malawi head straight for the lake and, given the wealth of activities and range of accommodation available there, we’d certainly recommend spending a good part of your holiday on its welcoming shores. However, when planning where to go in Malawi don’t limit yourself to Lake Malawi as there are plenty of other places of interest worth leaving your hammock for - our top picks include Liwonde National Park with its elephants, hippos and crocodiles, and the rolling grasslands of the little-visited Nyika Plateau.
Lake Malawi: lazy beach life, snorkelling & kayaking
Taking up a full fifth of the country, Lake Malawi has lovely sand beaches and calm clear water filled with so many colourful fish that it often feels like you're swimming in a giant aquarium. Snorkelling, diving, sailing or kayaking top the list of activities but life on the lakeshore moves at such a leisurely pace that many visitors simply enjoy a “laze and gaze” holiday – staring at the water’s shimmering surface over the pages of a novel.
Stay close to a local fishing village in a beach lodge in Cape Maclear or on Likoma Island; alternatively, opt for somewhere completely private and exclusive such as tiny Mumbo Island or Nkwichi Lodge on the lake’s remote Mozambican shore.