LAKE MALAWI IS LOCATED in southeastern Africa lying within the crease where the eastern and western branches of the Great Rift Valley meet.
According to the Center of Great Lakes Studies, Lake Malawi is the ninth-largest lake in the world by area and the fifthlargest lake in the world by volume.
Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, covering 11,600 square mi (30,044 square km), and is 375 mi (603 km) long and from 15 to 54 mi (24 to 87 km) wide.
The lake is at 1,550 ft (471 m) elevation and reaches a maximum depth of 2,487 ft (758 m).
It is bordered on the south and west by the country of MALAWI, on the north and east by TANZANIA, and by MOZAMBIQUE to the east.
The Malawi-Tanzania border follows the northeastern shoreline of Lake Malawi.
The Malawi-Mozambique border runs along the center of the southern part of the lake, with the exception of the islands of Likoma and Chisumulu, which belong to Malawi.
Likoma is the largest island on the lake.
The lake is a major tourist destination in this part of Africa, and many resorts have been developed along the southern shores of the lake, where the water is shallower and there are many beautiful white sandy beaches.
With the exception of the southern portion of the lake, steep mountain slopes surround Malawi.
The Livingstone Mountains rise from the northeastern shore of the lake and are covered by dense forests.
Along the north shore of the lake grow thick beds of papyrus reeds, which are the nesting grounds for several species of birds, including kingfishers, cormorants, fish-eagles, and numerous others.
Other inhabitants of the lake include hippopotamuses and crocodiles.
Much of the lake's economy is based upon tourists and fishing.
The natives that live around the lake bring in over 7,000 tons of fish per year.
Most of the fish is dried and used locally, but some of it is exported.
From the north in Tanzania, Lake Malawi is fed by the Ruhuhu River and from the west three small mountain streams, Bua, Dwangwa, and Songwe, feed the lake.
The Shire River flows out of Lake Malawi at its southern end and is a tributary of the great Zambezi River.
The Shire is greatly affected by the level of the lake, which varies by up to 20 ft (6 m).
These changes in water level have been studied and, because they occur every 11years, are believed to be linked to the sunspot cycle.
Lake Malawi could also be known as the lake with many names.
Prior to the 18th century, the lake was known as Zaflan, Zambre, Hemozura, and Lake Maravi.
In 1859, David Livingstone was the first European to map Lake Malawi.
At that time, it was named by Livingstone as Lake Nyasa, which was its native name meaning simply "lake." In 1964, Nyasaland, formerly a British Commonwealth, became the fully independent country of Malawi, and Lake Nyasa became Lake Malawi to the Malawi people.
In Mozambique, they still call the lake Niassa, according to the Portuguese spelling of Nyasa.
In literature, it is called Lake of Stars, for the sun glittering off the lake during sunset, and Lake of Storms, for the unpredictable and extremely violent gales that sweep through the area.
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "
- The smog has affected tourists’ plans in Thailand
"Several flights were canceled due to the smoke.
The wildfires are storming around in Indonesia, the smoke of which extends 100 km away. Due to the wind direction smog has covered Phuket and Samui, the Thai’s islands. It is said that the smoke is neither life nor health threatening for tourists. There is no burning smell as well. Nevertheless, the tourists are not recommended to go in for sports outdoors. One of the country’s media centre states that the Phuket Island community has sent an open letter to the authorities of Thailand asking about taking steps on the smog elimination. According to what they say, the south part of the country is covered by the poisonous smoke that can cause development of various diseases among the local population. Also the islanders say that smog crashes the tourists’ plans that they cannot fly out because of the flight cancellation. For instance, only five airplanes that took off from Bangkok flying to Phuket and Samui were asked to make a reverse just in the air because of the low visibility conditions. "