Shire River Connecting Lakes Malawi and Malombe14.4S 35.2E
The Shire River links the large Lake Malawi (above), with a surface area of 29,600 km², to the smaller Lake Malombe (below), with an area of about 450 km².
The section of the river connecting the two lakes is known as the upper Shire. The entire river, situated both in Malawi and Mozambique, is 402 km long. The river’s valley is part of the Great Rift Valley system.
Moving to the upper part of this orthorectified image, the hilly peninsula jutting out into Lake Malawi is the Cape McClear Nature Reserve of Lake Malawi National Park. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats, although it does include a fair amount of land.