Off the beaten track, lake Niassa (Nyasa), the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi boasts a phenomenally beautiful and unspoiled countryside and shoreline well worth exploring if you have the time and patience. Lake Niassa is the third largest lake in Africa – 100 km across and 585 km long, and much of it is surrounded by the imposing Rift Valley Mountains.
This great lake's tropical waters are reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than those of any other body of freshwater on Earth, including more than 1000 species of cichlids. Lake Niassa was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique in 2011 in an effort to protect one of the largest and bio-diverse freshwater lakes in the world.
Lake Niassa is located to the west in the northern province of Niassa and forms part of the border between Malawi and Mozambique.
LAM offers regular flights from Maputo, Beira and Nampula to Lichinga airport (VXC). From Lichinga public transport can be used to visit certain areas on the lake but for more remote destinations you will require your own vehicle or a private transfer.
The more adventurous can take the train from Nampula to Cuamba and make your way to Lichinga from there.