Lake Nyasa


Lake Nyasa – in Africa discovered by David Livingstone on his travels, is the lake where the 1883 city of Blantyre, Africa was founded.

An amusing story is told regarding Livingstone’s naming of Lake Nyasa; seeing the huge expanse of water for the first time, he asked an inhabitant in a nearby village what it was called. The native informed him that it was “Nyasa” which in his language meant “lake”.

David used the local names in his notebooks and duly recorded this as Lake Nyasa, little knowing that he had named it in English as, “Lake Lake”.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016

For those who want to know more about Lake Nyasa…here are some beautiful modern photos of how it looks today and some more information. It is easy to see how Livingstone longed to return to Africa seeing such colour, warmth and beauty.

Lake Nyasa (also known as Lake Malawi), is vast. It is the ordinal maximal lake in the domain and lies between the countries of Malawi on the writer and Tanzania and Mocambique on the eastward side. It is 360 miles in length (thats like stretching from Blantyre in Scotland to London, England!) and 25 miles wide, with an rough expanse of 8,683 sq mi, and reaches depths of 2,300 feet.

Lake Nyasa contains a greater show of indigenous species of Percoidean fishes than any added lake in the world. Humanity Wildlife Fund researchers have identified over 500 species to escort that are not recovered anywhere added in the world. That is more than all of the freshwater species recovered in all the waters of both Continent and North America. The Cichlids of Lake Nyasaland, perhaps flatbottomed writer so than the Cichlids from the other two rift lakes, are brightly bichrome and dappled. For this ground, they remain a big hit with aquarists all over the experience.

Because of its prosperous yield, the Lake plays an eminent split in pursuits of activities. Sportfishing villages are distributed along tits edge with the traditional business and practices attractive to visitors. Kayaking, afloat, snorkelling, scuba diving and facility skiing are a fitting few of the lake activities procurable to visitors. Journeys by lake comprise from the famous causative craft the Ilala to going afloat in larger ocean-going yachts. Cruises into the far reaches of the outstanding Shire river are also realizable.

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