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Malawi Safari

Chintheche Inn

Lake Malawi Shore, Malawi

Lake Malawi shoreline at Chintheche Inn
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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.

The northern lakeshore is the lushest region of the country with remnant patches of tropical 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 with many fine indigenous trees. Chintheche Inn is operated by Wilderness Safaris.

Accommodation            For images of Chintheche Inn, click Chintheche Images
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.

There 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.

Guests can enjoy visits to local villages, excellent mountain biking trails (bikes are for hire), trips to the Vizara rubber plantation and the lively market town of Nkhata Bay. Nearby Bandawe Mission provides a fascinating look into the country's colonial past.

Windsurfers, 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 courses.

Guests may also wish to walk the Luwawa Hiking Trail. This is a tough walk though, and only recommended 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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