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Cape Maclear

The Southern Lakeshore of Lake Malawi contains many of the most tourist friendly places to go in Malawi, and is the perfect place to go if you want to combine a bush and beach safari. With rocky outcrops, sandy coves and pretty little fishing villages, the southern lakeshore is a picturesque place to spend a few days relaxing.

The main area known as the Southern Lakeshore is between Mangochi and Monkey Bay, with two of the countries most exclusive hotels giving a beach resort atmosphere in the middle of the African continent. With a huge variety of activities to do here, of which most are centred around the stunning clear waters of the lake and include diving from the very beginner to the expert, it is the perfect place to visit for a wind down after a safari before you get back to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Cape Maclear is a small beach village which is one of the most relaxed areas in the country, and some of the most exclusive accommodation is found here. Again, the activities centre on the lake, although bikes are available if you want to cycle through the village. Discover our Lake Malawi safari and beach break here.

The watersports available in both of these areas include sailing, surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking…the list is almost endless. The pleasant, clean water is the perfect temperature for swimming, and diving here is unbeatable. The lake itself is part of the Rift Valley system, and the life contained in its amazingly rich waters is unique and well-known for the exclusivity of many of the species contained within it, in particular the 400 different species of cichlid.

For the ultimate luxury, a large ocean-faring catamaran is available to hire out for private use, and the excellent weather and incredible lake make this an experience that will make you feel like royalty.