Lake Malawi Shore, Malawi
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INN - LAKE MALAWI SHORE, MALAWI
Lake Malawi is Africa's third
largest lake and stretches over 500 kilometres
from north to south. Palm fringed
beaches and soaring mountains surround the warm crystal
clear waters and picturesque fishing villages dot
the shoreline as they have unchanged for thousands
of years. The lake supports over 400 species of fish,
many endemic; the fascinating cichlid species of
this lake (and Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria) are
very popular in the tropical fish trade.
lakeshore is the lushest region of the
rainforest and the dramatic backdrop of the Viphya
Mountains. This is the setting for Chintheche Inn.
Just south of Nkhata Bay, Chintheche Inn has a
wonderful, broad sandy beach and extensive grounds
fine indigenous trees. Chintheche
Inn is operated by Wilderness Safaris.
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Ten comfortably furnished en-suite rooms each with beach-view balconies face directly onto the Lake and there is also a lively campsite and a large pool. There is a central dining area and bar, although dining usually takes place (weather permitting) under the stars. Each room opens out onto the beach and all are brightly furnished using local crafts.
The Inn is an ideal spot for families and for those wanting a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. The nearby Bandawe Mission also offers a fascinating peek into the country's colonial past.
is plenty to do at Chintheche. Guests are offered a
comprehensive range of activities beyond the watersports
and lake. The knowledgeable local guides are always
on hand to lead birding walks in the area and can
arrange fishing with the local fishermen.
enjoy visits to local villages, excellent mountain
(bikes are for hire), trips to the Vizara rubber
plantation and the lively market town of Nkhata
Bay. Nearby Bandawe Mission provides a fascinating
into the country's colonial past.
paddleskis, and sailing are all available at
the Inn and there is a large
and stable wooden
fishing boat for trips to the nearby island. Snorkelling
gear is provided and the Inn
offers a full range of PADI-accredited dive
also wish to walk the Luwawa Hiking Trail. This
is a tough walk though, and
for the very fit.
Geography and Wildlife
Lake Malawi is Africa's third largest lake and stretches approximately 600km from north to south, and supports over 2000 species of fish, mostly endemic. The Lake constitutes roughly 20% of the surface area of this small country, dominating the countryside in the east and is a source of cultural reference as well as natural resources for the country's population.
Lake Malawi is famed for the abundance and diversity of its fish life and holds a greater array of freshwater fish species than any other lake on Earth and more than all of Europe and North America combined. It harbours a wide range of underwater habitats including sandy, weedy, rock-sand interface and reed beds.
Palm fringed beaches and soaring mountains surround the warm crystal clear waters and picturesque fishing villages dot the shoreline, unchanged for thousands of years. Just south of Nkhata Bay, Chintheche Inn has a wonderful broad sandy beach and extensive grounds with splendid indigenous trees. Over 100 bird species are found, particularly waterbirds such as African Fish-Eagle and large colonies of White-breasted Cormorant.
Land surrounding Chintheche Inn on the shores of the Lake is used for traditional slash-and-burn agriculture, this destructive farming technique impacting heavily on indigenous vegetation. Accordingly Wilderness Safaris has begun an indigenous nursery to provide replacement saplings to reforest the area. To date approximately 10 000 seedlings of indigenous trees as well as various fruit trees have been planted.
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