Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Beach

Travel to Nkhata Bay – Popular Fishing Village

Located on the shores of Lake Malawi, to the east of East of Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay is one of the more developed tourist areas of Malawi.

Nkhata Bay is a small, bustling fishing village about 50 kilometres from Mzuzu. It is at the most northerly point on the Lake reached by David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre.

The town is home to the Tonga people who are famed for their love of fine dressing.

The Lake is what Nkhata Bay is all about. However, you can head to the beach at Chikale which is only a 20 minute walk from the town. You can also visit the huge Kawalazi coffee plantation located roughly half-way between Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay

One of the must sees of Nkhata Bay is the feeding of the fish eagle which lives high up on the cliff face south of Njaya Lodge. Trips can be organised by any of the lodges.

Diving is the main activity in Nkhata Bay. You can also organise a 2 or 3 days trips either north to Usisya and Ruware, south to Kande beach, or over to Likoma Island and Chisumulu Island.

Relax on the lake’s shores taking in the views or set up camp to spend the night in the area, a memorable way to spend your trip here.

Nkhata Bay is fairly small and easily navigable on foot. However, you can hire a water taxi to take you from one end of the village to the other; this is also a good way to see the coastline.

  • See colourful cichlids in the lake.
  • Enjoy visiting Likoma and Chisumulu Islands.
  • Go diving in Nkhata Bay.


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