Monday, September 16, 2013

Fresh water kaleidoscopes at Nkwichi Lodge, Lake Malawi

The section of lake in front of Lake Malawi is perfect for fresh water snorkelling
Nkwichi, on the wild, Mozambican, side of Lake Malawi, has some of the best snorkeling Lake Malawi (or Niassa from the Mozambican side) has to offer and here's why …...

With such a pristine, natural environment, the water on the Mozambique side of the lake is crystal-clear and free from any pollution. Nkwichi sits on its most remote and untouched section, away from villages and rivers. The water is so pure that visibility can be up to 30 metres at some times of the year.

There are an estimated 600-1000 species of fish in Lake Malawi, more than North America and Europe combined! Many are endemic to tiny tracts of the lakeshore, and the variety is a visual spectacle in the stretch alongside Nkwichi. The WWF, which opened Mozambique's first freshwater reserve here, called the lake, 'The most bio-diverse lake in the world'.

Unlike many other beaches on Lake Malawi, which can have a steep drop-off into the water, Nkwichi has a gentle incline making it great for submerging at any level of comfort. Perfect for paddlers and children!

Nkwichi is situated on one of the most dramatic parts of the Rift Valley. The same geological conditions which make the sand the softest on the lake (and also how Nkwichi got it's name), also created an underwater wonderland of cragged canyons, megalithic monoliths and indomitable boulders.

All of Nkwichi's experienced guides are from the local Nyanja tribe (meaning 'People of the Lake') and feel as much at home on and in the water as on land. Leading Nkwichi's unique snorkel safaris, they'll help uncover the secrets of life beneath the surface of this magical place.
Nkwichi Lodge is also a proud member of The Mozambique Collection.

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