Niassa province and Malawi lake
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Niassa province, wild Mozambique
Niassa is the least populated province of the country with fantastically wild and breath-taking open spaces, hence the local description of it as "the end of the world". Malawi Lake, Niassa National park and the undeveloped Sangre reserve count among the most remote, unspoilt and unexplored areas of Southern Africa. If you've always dream of being an explorer it is still not too late!
Niassa Lake or Malawi Lake
This is the 9th largest freshwater lake in the world, the third largest in Africa and one of the world’s most bio-diverse. Though totally stunning it is still only visited by a handful of tourists heading to Malawi with the lake forming the border between the two countries. It has been declared a reserve and Ramsar site, protecting its abundant species and natural habitats.
The beaches are beautiful and nowhere else in the world can you enjoy such a feeling of serenity. The waters are picture post-card blue and could be confused with the Indian Ocean. This is a totally exclusive destination off the beaten trails. Though navigated for centuries by indigenous people in dugout canoes, slave traders and missionaries on steamboats and dhows, the lake still contains a lot to be explored.
The road to the lake passes through fantastic scenery. Along the lakeside there are three small fishing villages, Meponda (42 km from Lichinga), Metangula (138 km) and Cobue (190 km).
Snorkeling the lake is a unique experience. The fish here are renowned for their incredible colour schemes, easily competing with their saltwater cousins on the coral reefs. In particular, the Mbuna - the famed cichlid fishes prized throughout the world of tropical fish enthusiasts. The lake’s tropical waters and shores are home to an estimated 1,000 species of cichlids, with only 5 percent found elsewhere. 99% of the colorful Cichlids are endemic to the lake, The region is also home to significant and diverse bird populations, mammals and reptiles.