Nyasa means “LAKE’ Lake Nyasa is located in the southwest of Tanzania, The lake lies in three countries’ territories; Tanzania and Malawi. However, it is bordered by three countries, Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique. It is the third-largest in Africa (after Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika) with 550 kilometers in length and 75 kilometers in width, covering an area of more than 11,400 square kilometers. In some parts, the lake is as deep as 700 meters. Lake Nyasa, also called Lake Malawi, lake, southernmost and third largest of the East African Rift Valley lakes of East Africa, lying in a deep trough mainly within Malawi.
The Lake lies in the sided walls of mountain ranges: the forested Livingston Mountains and Nyika Plateau, which provide the magnificent view of the lake from far and the landscape for hikers and backpackers. Lake Nyasa is also among the Great Rift Valley’s lakes, which shares some characteristics with Lake Tanganyika. The lake has a distinctive characteristic of 14 rivers pouring their waters into the lake, and only one river which flows out to the sea, River Shire.
The Lake also has a lot of names such as “Lake of stars” which is provided by the lovers who trip there and discover it one of the dreamy and romantic destinations in Eastern Africa. It is situated between Malawi, Mozambique as well as Tanzania.
Depth: Mean depth: 264.0 m Maximum depth: 706.0 m
Surface Area 29,500.00 km2
Volume 7,775.00 km3
Things to do
The lake has so many things to offer, such as numerous opportunities for water sports as well as diving. The lake is enormously rich with diverse fish species and is one of the most appealing lakes that offer unforgettable underwater views. Some parts of the lake offer nice beaches and places to swim. Matema, in the northern part of the lake, is considered to be the best beach for people who like to relax to swim along the lakeshore. In contrast to other lakes, the water of Lake Nyasa is bilharzia-free. There are also caves and interesting waterfalls to see.
Other activities include local canoeing ride down the river, hiking on surrounding mountains. Though Lake Nyasa does not receive many tourists, the lake is magnificently attractive and is rich in crocodiles and hippopotamus. For Fish lovers, Lake Nyasa is biologically the most diverse lake, containing approximately 30% of the world’s cichlid species (colorful fish which are easily seen in the lake’s clear water)