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On Lake Malawi, the dugout canoe remains the dominant form of transport. It is used for setting nets, moving goods and visiting neighboring villages. The boats are propelled by poling, or simple paddles, and remain close to the lake shore. The canoe is made from a hollowed out tree. Due to their elongated cylindrical shape, they are highly unstable, not helped by being extremely heavy. However, they are sturdy and practically unsinkable. This photo was taken from M/V Ilala 2 near the town of Nkhotakota.

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