Lake Malawi National Park (1984)

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Located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi, with its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop, the national park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic. Its importance for the study of evolution is comparable to that of the finches of the Galapagos Islands. 

Malawi 1977. Freshwater Fish from Lake Malawi. Pseudotropheus Johanni. Malawi 1967. Freshwater Fish from Lake Malawi. Pseudotropheus Auratus. Malawi 1994. Freshwater Fish from Lake Malawi. Pseudotropheus Socolofi.

Lake Malawi is the world’s first freshwater national park, located at Cape Maclear. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres (330ft) off shore. There is a veritable aquarium of tropical fish providing a colourful kaleidoscopic display. The countless thousands of freshwater fish are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world. Boats are available for hire and the fish will feed directly from the hand. 

Away from the Lake, the park has baboons, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of bird life including fish eagles and cormorants.  

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There are no other World Cultural Heritage Properties in Malawi. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Malawi section, for more information about this site.   

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