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Nkwichi Lodge, located on the wilder, Mozambique side of Lake Malawi (or Lake Niassa as it is known on this side), arguably offers some of the best snorkelling on the lake.

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Great visibility ©The Good Holiday

And here are 5 reasons why we think this is the case:

1. Nkwichi is situated in one of the most dramatic parts of the Rift Valley. The same geological conditions that award it the softest sand on the lake also create an underwater wonderland of cragged canyons, megalithic monoliths and indomitable boulders.

2. There are too many species of fish to count in Lake Malawi. Reports say that there are around 600-1000 species, which is apparently more than North America and Europe combined! Many are endemic to tiny tracts of the lakeshore, which gives the stretch in front of Nkwichi Lodge amazing variety. WWF, which opened Mozambique’s first freshwater reserve here, called the lake “the most biodiverse lake in the world”.

3. Visibility can sometimes be more than 30 metres and we account this to the lodge being located in a pristine, natural environment that is free of any pollution. The water is crystal clear on this remote and untouched section of the lake.

Happy snorkelling ©The Good Holiday
Happy snorkelling ©The Good Holiday
Crystal clear waters ©The Good Holiday
Crystal clear waters ©The Good Holiday

4. Many other beaches on the lakeshore tend to have a steep drop-off into the water, whereas Nkwichi has a gentle slope making it perfect for diving down while snorkelling to investigate the nooks and crannies. It also makes it suitable for any level of swimming ability.

Pebbles under the surface ©The Good Holiday
Pebbles under the surface ©The Good Holiday

5. All of Nkwichi’s experienced guides are from the local Nyanja tribe, which translates to ‘people of the lake’, and they 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…

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Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is located on the Mozambique side of Lake Malawi. Nkwichi offers a touch of Robinson Crusoe. Explore the wilderness on foot, with snorkel gear or by dug-out canoe. Nkwichi has been recognised as a pioneering eco-tourism establishment.