Lake Malawi Fisherman
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Lake Malawi: David Livingstone first saw Lake Nyassa, now Lake Malawi, in 1859, and was so bewitched by its beauty that he called it ÔThe Lake of Stars' as a myriad winking galaxies glittered from the crystal facets of the water. Also known as ÔCalendar Lake', Lake Malawi is 365 miles/587km by 52 miles/ 83km at its longest and widest points. It's Africa's third largest freshwater lake and lies within the Great African Rift Valley. Two of its islands are inhabited while the others are eco-islands. Mount Mulanje: Majestic Mount Mulanje, at 9,843ft (3,000 metres) above sea level, is the highest point in central Africa and a popular destination for adventure tourism. The isolated granite massif covers 386sq miles (1,000sq km) and from a distance, it's hard to believe Mulanje is not a range of mountains as it seems long rather than high. It's so tall that it creates its own climate and is known to be unkind, even deadly to those who dare take the mountain for granted. The summit is called Sapitwa, which is said to mean ÔDon't go there'. The warning challenges the determined climber. Sapitwa does require experience, though often testing endurance rather than technique. Marine Park at Cape Maclear: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to more than 1,000 endemic recorded species of cichlids (tropical fish). Plus, there are over 20 dive sites at Cape Maclear.
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