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“Once in Malawi, buy praziquantel from any pharmacy and start taking them after swimming in the lake. Just to be safe.” - Andrea

This piece of paradise comes with a health warning

Views: 800 Visited: Aug 2011 Reviewed: Jan 09, 2014

Lake Malawi should be right up there on any traveller’s bucket list. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Africa - as close to a beach holiday as you can get without actually travelling to the ocean. I’m talking sandy beaches, remarkably clear water; gorgeous scenery, balmy nights and romance by the bucket loads.

For those who don’t know – you won’t see the Big Five at the Lake Malawi National Park. There are a few mellow hippos and some chilled crocodiles in stretches of the park. Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world. This is one of the reasons why it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are loads of activities but after about two weeks of backpacking, I was ready to bliss out for a couple of days. I think I went canoeing once and did some flopping around in the water, pretending to look at fish. But was I relaxing? You betcha.

Visitors should know that there is a risk of contracting bilharzia or schistosomiasis in Lake Malawi. This infectious disease lurks in especially the shallow waters around the reeds and can result in flu-like symptoms developing about six weeks after exposure. A dose of fast-acting antibiotics will take care of it. I have to say I swam in the water. A lot. I didn’t get bilharzia. Maybe I would feel differently about the lake if I had. But I still think it is a magical place. A slice of heaven. With a wee bit of a bite.

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