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Lake Malawi National Park: World Heritage Site

If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is enveloped by sandy beaches and the granite islands of the Cape Maclear peninsula, located at the southern tip of the lake. The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available. 
     Lake Malawi National Park is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. The park is also home to other animals such as baboons, and an 800 year old  baobab tree.The many endemic fish species make it a key example of specialized evolution. For this characteristic, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. 
     Lake Malawi is between 560 kilometres (350 mi) and 580 kilometres (360 mi) long, and about 75 kilometres (47 mi) wide at its widest point. The lake has a total surface area of about 29,600 square kilometres (11,400 sq mi). The lake is 706 m (2,316 ft) at its deepest point. The Lake, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 

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African Great Lakes

The Great Lakes of Africa are a series of lakes in and around the Great Rift Valley. They include Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of surface area, and Lake Tanganyika, the world's second largest in volume as well as the second deepest. Despite their beauty, the Great Lakes also rank as one of the world's most endangered water systems. 
     Collectively, the Great Lakes contain 31,000 km3 (7400 cu mi) of water, which is more than either Lake Baikal or the North American Great Lakes. This total constitutes about 25% of the planet's unfrozen surface fresh water.                   
     The large rift lakes of Africa are the ancient home of great biodiversity; 10% of the world's fish species live there.
     Countries in the African Great Lakes region (sometimes also called Greater Lakes region) include Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. 
     The Bantu Swahili language is the most commonly spoken language in the African Great Lakes region. It also serves as a national or official language of four nations in the region: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Right: The African Great Lakes system, in blue. Credit: MellonDor [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.
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