Photos: Lake Malawi

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A fisherman on a wooden canoe, made from a single hollowed-out true trunk © Andrew Brown/2019/Malawi

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and forms almost the entire western border of Malawi. The country’s colonial-era name was Nyasaland, literally ‘Lake Land’, and much of its tourism is focused around the lake. It has a unique ecosystem, including the world’s only freshwater cichlids. Standing on the shore at the widest point of the lake, you cannot see the other side. Looking at the sandy beaches, palm trees and small islands, it’s hard to believe that it’s not the ocean. One small giveaway is the fresh water snail shells scattered along the waterline. And the smell of salt is absent from the air.

This is a selection of my favourite photos of Lake Malawi, often taken while travelling to lakeside areas such as Mangochi with work.

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Sunrise over the lake and football pitch at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge © Andrew Brown/2018/Malawi
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Villagers and a rooster at a lakeside village in Cape Maclear © Andrew Brown/2017/Malawi
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Children in a wooden boat with an improvised toy at Cape Maclear © Andrew Brown/2017/Malawi
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An African fish eagle grabs a fish out of the water at Cape Maclear © Andrew Brown/2017/Malawi
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Children bring fishing nets in from the lake at sunset, Nkopola village © Andrew Brown/2019/Malawi
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The pier at Makokola hotel, near Nkopola village © Andrew Brown/2018/Malawi
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A storm cloud over the same pier during rainy season © Andrew Brown/2018/Malawi
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Shipwright John Kalengo poses with one of his favourite fishing boats © Andrew Brown/2018/Malawi
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It looks like they’re fighting, but in fact these boys are slapping the water with sticks © Andrew Brown/2019/Malawi
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A fisherman rows home on a wooden canoe at sunset © Andrew Brown/2018/Malawi/caption

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