Due to the possible troubles of the Malawian Presidential election we (Teddy, Joel and I) decided that this weekend would be a great time to visit the beautiful Lake Malawi. The two hour drive to Chintheche is a beautiful and relaxing trip. Passing the Vizara rubber plantation, where approximately 600,000 rubber trees are individually harvested for the white liquid that drips out of them, is fascinating. Each tree can produce up to 5kg of rubber a year, and once the trees are too old they are cut down to supply the wood market with good quality, sustainable timber. After Vizara we reached Nkhata Bay, which is one of the busiest ports on Lake Malawi, a bustling town with plenty of guesthouses, restaurants and a huge wood market on the outskirts of town. After stopping for lunch in Nkhata Bay we carried onto Chintheche, a town made up mostly of dirt roads, we arrived at Flame Tree Lodge which is a place I can only describe as paradise. Located on the shore of Lake Malawi the area is an untouched gem, the great beaches, beautiful weather and warm waters make it a very relaxing retreat. Lake Malawi is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, so it feels you are looking out at a vast ocean, not across a lake with Mozambique and Tanzania on the other side. At evening Chintheche gives an amazing view of the stars due to the low light pollution in the area, it is even possible to make out the band of the Milky Way. However they are not the only stars that shine at night. Lake Malawi is nicknamed the Lake of Stars. When you look out across the lake the lanterns used by the fishermen on their canoes during the night shine out like stars dancing on the water. The canoes, carved out of a single trunk of wood, are incredible. We had the chance to go out on the lake in the day to do some fishing ourselves, balancing on the sides trying not to capsize was a little scary but an amazing experience. My holiday at Lake Malawi was a wonderful and unforgettable time.