Lake Chilwa

Travel to Lake Chilwa – Ideal Location for Spotting Water Birds

Lake Chilwa is the third-largest lake in Malawi after Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe. It is in western Zomba District, near the border with Mozambique. Approximately 60 km long and 40 km wide, the lake is surrounded by extensive wetlands.

The lake has no outlet, and is at risk for drying up if the water in its catchment is diverted for human use. The Danish International Development Agency has been working to ensure preservation of the lake and its wetlands.

There is a large island in the middle of the lake called Chisi Island.

See birds such as pelican, flamingo, heron, egrets and ducks and also see Nanipi woodlands which invade the land left behind by the retreating water’s edge due to the high salt content of the water.

Hire a boat or canoe to explore the lake and spot numerous types of birds.

Relax at the bars and restaurants of the nearby towns and villages of Zomba and Blantyre. Or simply absorb the atmosphere and take in the beautiful views. It is worth noting that the lake is at its most impressive during the rainy season.

  • Spot all manner of birds from pelicans to herons.
  • Hire a boat or canoe to explore the lake.
  • Explore the nearby towns of Zomba and Blantyre.


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