Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania, and Lake Niassa in Mozambique, is the 9th largest lake in the world, the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa.
Located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, it is the southernmost lake in the East Africa Rift System.
Below are facts about Lake Malawi
1. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake in Africa.
2. It is meromictic, meaning it’s water layers do not mix as there is a clear distinction between oxic and anoxic parts (parts containing oxygen and parts not containing oxygen). The oxygen limit is about 250m (820ft).
3. Visibility in the lake is up to 20m (60ft).
4. The lake was named Lake Nyasa by David Livingstone in 1859.
5. It earned its name, Lake of Storms after Dr Livingstone witnessed extremely violent gales that swept though it.
6. Dr Livingstone was not the first European to visit the lake as Portuguese trader, Candido José da Costa Cardoso had visited the lake in 1846.
7. Asides fish, Nile crocodiles, hippopotamus, monkeys can also be found in and around the lake.