Sunbathing at the Beach, Snorkeling between tropical islands, Sunset Boat Cruises, exciting Water Sports – all of this seems pretty far away when you are watching the elephants roaming through the wild Bushveld of South Luangwa, and the River is populated by thousands of Hippos and Crocodiles.
But if you’re a real water addict and can make a bit of space in your holiday itinerary – why don’t combine the perfect Bush & Beach experience with Croc Valley Camp and the Funky Cichlid? Did you know that Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest lake and home to more fish species than that of any other freshwater body on Earth?
A 6-hours drive away from South Luangwa you will find the perfect place to lean back, indulge yourself in the memories of your great Safaris in the African Bush, while sipping on your ice-cold beer and watching some fishing boats collecting their catch before the sunset transforms the sky into the most amazing colors.
On the Southern shore of Lake Malawi you will find Cape Maclear, a town which is situated in the Lake Malawi National Park and close to the islands of Mumbo, Domwe and Thumbwe. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and since then developed as a leading holiday destination for tourists from all around the world.
You’ll be surprised by the beautiful scenery of Cape Maclear: a strip of clean, honey-coloured sand beaches lapped by turquoise water and fringed by a variety of beachside bars and accommodation to suit everyone’s pocket. Take a stroll through the picturesque fishing village with colorful flowers decorating the house walls, children playing along the streets, and craft vendors selling their unique Malawian Art & Crafts under massive baobab trees.
If you are travelling on a budget and are looking for the perfect hangout spot for your holiday, look out for the Funky Cichlid sign, which will point you to the right direction. Situated right on the beach, “The Funky Cichlid” offers affordable backpacker accommodation and a vibrant atmosphere, perfect to meet fellow backpackers who might join you for a beer or a party.
You can choose between dorm, single, twin and double rooms, a variety of water and land-based activities and to satisfy your hunger, the restaurant with its beach-side lounge and sunset deck will offer reasonably priced food for everyone’s taste. Hammocks and Sun Benches are scattered around the beach for you to relax and let the world go by. For the more active ones, what about a match of Beach Volleyball, Cricket or Frisbee?
Of course, when going to Lake Malawi, you shouldn’t hesitate to do some watersport – so add some variation to your beach day and explore the surroundings by Kayak or Stand-up Paddling Board. Rent out some snorkeling gear or join an organized boat trip to witness the unique richness of tropical freshwater fish in the Lake.
Also don’t miss out on spending some hours in the National Park and hike up one of the hills, which will offer you a breathtaking view of the area. For those who want to experience a bit more than beach and water, get in contact with the local villagers, join a village tour or do some curio shopping, and definitely add some freshly caught fish to your menu.