Boat Trips in Malawi

Boat Trips in Malawi

Cruise Lake Malawi, with its golden sandy beaches and sparkling clear blue waters, described by Scottish missionary David Livingstone as ‘the Lake of Stars’.

Lake Malawi offers a variety of options for boat trips, from a few hours’ boat trip on a traditional wooden boat or modern speedboat, to a multi-day cruise on a large cruise ship sailing around Lake Malawi.

Take a few hours’ boat trip and visit several snorkelling spots, explore uninhabited islands, enjoy fishing, watch the African Fish Eagle stalk its underwater prey, test your mettle at cliff jumping, or sip wine while watching the sun set over Lake Malawi.

The purpose of the trip is varied.

For those wishing to sail around Lake Malawi by ship, the MV Ilala Ferry is a popular choice.

This ship has been used by locals as a cargo-passenger ship since 1951 and is the only cruise ship that sails on Lake Malawi.

It is 50 metres long, weighs 400 tonnes and travels between Monkey Bay in the south and Chilumba in the north, taking around three days to travel from one end of the lake to the other.

It has a capacity of about 400 passengers and offers passage and rooms for tourists, as well as a bar and restaurant.

Boat safaris are also offered in Liwonde National Park and on the Shire River, which flows through the Majete Wildlife Reserve.

These boat safaris are a beloved activity that allows visitors to view a variety of wildlife from the water, including hippos and crocodiles while elephants and giraffes take a leisurely stroll and birds rest at the water’s edge.

Boat Tours in Malawi

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Places for Water Sports and Water Activities in Malawi

Nkhata Bay

Aqua Africa

Location Opposite Nkhata Bay Ilala Ferry Port, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 921 418
Whatsapp +265 (0) 995 279 683 for Diving Enquiries
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Monkey Business

Location Butterfly Space, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 437 247
Facebook @monkeybusinessnkhatabay

Mayoka Village

Location Mayoka Village, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 268 595
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Kaya Mawa

Location Nkwazi Village, Likoma
Phone +260 (0) 979 312 766
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Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Location Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Phone +265 (0) 998 724 466
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Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Location Nankoma Island, Senga Bay
Phone +265 (0) 992 244 244
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Sigelege Beach Resort

Location Senga Bay, Salima
Phone +265 (0) 888 818 088
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Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear Scuba

Location Cape Maclear, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 999 952 488

Scuba Shack

Location Cape Maclear, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 999 140 905
Facebook @Scubashackcapemaclear

Mumbo Island

Location Lake Malawi National Park, Mangochi
Phone +27 (0) 827 854 294
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Pumulani Lodge

Location Nankumba, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 993 504 600, +260 (0) 765 023 939
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The Makokola Retreat

Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 888 796 424
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Sunbird Nkopola

Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 1 580 444
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Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort

Location Monkey Bay road, Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 996 492 399, +265 (0) 999 220 786
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