Lake Malawi has several names and nicknames. Because it is 365 miles long it is called the year long lake. It was named by the famous explorer Dr. David Livingstone Lake Nyasa (which is what Tanzanians call it). He also called it The Lake of Stars. He gave it that name because of the lights from the lanterns from the night fisherman on the lake. From a distance they do look like stars in the sky.
During our trip in Malawi we stayed at Mumbo Island. It was one of my favorite places. It is located on an island in the middle of the lake and completely eco-friendly you have the entire island to yourself. I could walk to one of the island to the other and have a private swimming cove all to myself. Not to mention that you can kayak around the island as well and where I got to add another location to my kayaking resume. With no light pollution the sky is dramatic but as I lay in my hammock overlooking the lake I could clearly see what Dr. Livingston was talking about. Can you?