Lake Malawi National Park
|Lake Malawi National Park|
Children playing of the shore of Lake Malawi
|Location||Central and Southern Regions, Malawi|
|Established||November 24, 1980|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||Natural: (vii), (ix), (x) |
|Inscription||1984 (8th Session)|
It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this, Lake Malawi National Park does include a fair amount of land, including several small islands in Lake Malawi.
It is also home to other animals such as baboons. A large baobab tree, purportedly over 800 years old, is said to have been a favourite of Dr. David Livingstone as a place where he could give sermons and speak with other missionaries. The graves of five early missionaries are also found in the park. The many endemic fish species make it a key example of specialized evolution. For this characteristic, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.