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Southern Lakeshore

The Southern Lakeshore of Lake Malawi is between Mangochi and Monkey Bay, with several of the country’s most exclusive hotels dotted along the shore.

With rocky outcrops, sandy coves and pretty little fishing villages, the southern lakeshore is most picturesque. The wide range of activities on offer are centred around the stunning clear waters of the lake and include diving from the very beginner to the expert. This 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.

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.

Cape Maclear is well combined with Liwonde National Park - a great venue to experience some of Malawi’s wildlife, birds and walking safaris.