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Domwe Island Mumbo Island Norman Carr Cottage Pumulani, Robin Pope Safaris The Warm Heart Adventure Lodge
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Lake Malawi National Park
Region: South Malawi
Attraction Type: Lake, Wildlife


Lake Malawi National Park

This, the world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site, is at Cape Maclear. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres (330ft) off shore. Here is a veritable aquarium of tropical fish providing a colourful kaleidoscopic display. The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world. Boats are available for hire and the fish will feed directly from the hand. Away from the Lake, the park has baboons, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, cormorants and hamerkops.

Excellent up-market operations at Cape Maclear combine accommodation with lake activities. Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Around the headland, but within the National Park is the most upmarket lodge - Pumulani, Robin Pope Safaris. Slightly further south along the lake, Norman Carr Cottage also provides a lovely lakeside option for accommodation. The newly estabilished Warm Heart Adventure Lodge is right by the beach.

The Lake Malawi National Park also covers the Marelli Islands further north than Cape Maclear. Accessed via Salima/Senga Bay these islands are now exclusively home to the luxury Blue Zebra Island Lodge.