Tues afternoon, September 11
After dropping off the supplies, we headed for the Lake again and spent a night and a morning there. Although totally landlocked, Malawi has what is described as its “inland sea”. Lake Malawi is a vast body of freshwater more than 500 km north to south and 80 km wide. The Lake is extraordinarily deep in the north- 2300 ft/700 m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake.
Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and our group watched the fishers come in with their catch. Tilapia (Chomba) is native to Lake Malawi and is organically farmed in other parts of the world.