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CAPE MACLEAR
Map of Lake Malawi National Park
Accommodation
Activities & Shops
Recreation & Activities
Places of Interest
MONKEY BAY - MANGOCHI
Accommodation
Malawi Facts
MV Chauncy Maples
STAR MAP
Event Calendar
Great Dance Gule Wamkulu
Sight & Leisure
Sight & Leisure
Map
Introduction
Map
ILALA FERRY
Fly to LKM fight schedule
Lake Malawi Highlight & Tips
CichlidsinLakeMalawi
Power Cut Compensations
Health and Safety
One-point Chichewa
Recreation & Activities
Mpale/Njobvu Cultural Village
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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
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MONKEY BAY
Sight & Leisure
Map
Accommodation
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MANGOCHI
LIKOMA
Sight & Leisure
Map
Accommodation
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Sight &Leisure
Map
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Malawi National Park Map 33
Malawi National Park Guide 31-32
Bawo / Curious And Keepsakes
Malawis Local Speciality
Accommodation
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Malawi is one of the most poorest country and my challange was to reform that
traditional image. However the actual condition is quite harsh, and haphazard, existing
travel service is dull, information remains oral-basis, or donation-basisi, schedules are
crippled by political and economical chaos...
Many Special Thanks to:
Colleagues and stafs of Ministry Of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture
in LL for giving me helpful hints, careful checking and interesting
anecdoteshits; District ofcrers of Tourism and National Parks;
Department of National Parks and Wildlife; Department of Arts
and Culture; Department of Antiquities; Jica Malawi; all the
lodges and guesthouses who has hosted my reserch trip kindly;
local printing company; and my biggest thanks go to a
Saxophonist Mayeso Chirwa (R.I.P!)
This travel guide booklet has produced by travel magazine editor / graphic designer
Hitoco Coco Fruta, a Japanese volunteer with Jica (Japan International Cooperation
Agency), stayed in Malawi from 2011 to 2012 as an assitant ofcer of Department of
Tourism HQ.
From edi t or
Likoma Island and Mozanbique Coast
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Spectacle of long sandy beache stretch-
ing toward Otter Point
J oy of Crystal green water, You can get
entire view all to yourself (Mumbo Island)
Malawi Cichlids, world-widely known for
the brilliant coloration of mature males.
African Fish Eagle is particularly common
in and around some of the Rift Valley
lakes.
Sunset view is a privilege of Cape.
Special tyreat before the day is done.
see Page 05 see Page 05
see Page 06 see Page 06
see Page 19 see Page 19
see Page 09 see Page 09
see Page 05 see Page 05 see Page 31-33 see Page 31-33
Me breaking bad old spell on Malawi
with Witch-doctor Kumpalotta (2012. 5.15)
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Backpacking, challange the least possible.
Travel is a rewarding thing to do...
Chewa Dance Gule Wamkulu
Discover more of Malawian culture
Huge Baobab. It takes 250 years to
growth 1 meter in diameter. The tree bear
fruits in winter, called Malambe.
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SUP P OR T L OC AL E NT E R P R I SE SUP P OR T L OC AL E NT E R P R I SE
SP AR E L I MI T E D SUP P L I E S SP AR E L I MI T E D SUP P L I E S
T HI NK T W I C E B E F OR E
GI V I NG MONE Y T O B E GGAR S OR C HI L D R E N
T HI NK T W I C E B E F OR E
GI V I NG MONE Y T O B E GGAR S OR C HI L D R E N
D ON T B E I GNOR ANT D ON T B E I GNOR ANT
SAV E NAT UR AL R E SOUR C E S SAV E NAT UR AL R E SOUR C E S
R E C OGNI Z E L AND R I GHT S R E C OGNI Z E L AND R I GHT S
When in Rome
Buy local produce, hire a local guide, shop at local markets.
Support local activities, festivals and enterprize. You'll
discover more about local culture and lives, and they will
earn an income.
Use public transport, hire a bike or walk when convenient
- its a great way to meet local people on their terms and
reduce emissions.
Avoid buying products made from endangered or wild
animals, plants, hard woods or ancient artefacts.
Be friendly and open minded. Many customs and traditions
that might seem weird to you are entirely
Hydrate yourself but use water sparingly. Minimize the use
of resources.
- Don't insist on a daily bath. Its very precious in many
countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.
Avoid obvious displays of wealth or handing out money,
sweets or pen to children. Such activities create immediate
barriers and encourage begging and reliance on hand-outs.
Try to blend in and find an appropriate charity.
Stay on the trails when walking or hiking. This will help
preserve the natural beauty of the land.
Avoid feeding animals. This could disturb the natural eating
process and can make some animals aggressive.
Be respectful of local cultures, traditions and holy places - if
in doubt ask advice or don't visit.
Dress and act appropriately for the place that you are
visiting- do a little background reading before you go.
Be respectful of local peoples' etiquette.
Remember that local people have different ways of thinking
and concepts of time, this just makes them different not
wrong - cultivate the habit of asking questions (rather than
the Western habit of knowing the answers).
Refrain from "hard bargaining". We all want that great deal
but extra dollar wont hurt you, be helpful to the local vendor
rather than fooling them. Remember a dollar or two means a
lot more to them than it does to you.
normal to locals. Enjoy and embrace your
differences.
Dont be indifferent to he history and
current affairs of country.
Learning helps you
understand the idiosyn-
erasies of local people.
Also being intellectual
will help you prevent
frustrations.
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Sight & Leisure
Attractions of Cape Maclear
A connoisseur world know that Cape
Maclear is a destination of perfect
holiday resort...
Missionary Gaves
Mwala Wa Mphini (Rock of the Tribal Face Scars)
Lake Malawi NP Museum & Otter Point
Chembe is a fshing village nick named
Cape Maclear by Dr David Livingstone
in dedication to his friend Sir Thomas
Maclear in 1861.
VISIT
PLACES OF INTERESTS
HIKING FROM
OTTER POINT
JOIN COMMU-
NITY PROJECT
Nkhunguni Peak
along lakeside path to
fshing village nearby
participate in activities
Chembe Community Project
WATERSPORT
ACTIVITIES
Family Adventures
Luxury Holiday
Romantic Retreats
Sports Escapes
Sailing Safari
see next page
see p1, p8 see p1, p8
snorkeling / kayaking / island hopping / fshing /
waterskiing / wake boarding / tubing / sailing /
African dugout canoes... Wide range of watersport
activities can be arranged easily at many places....
CAPE MACLEAR
Otter Point
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Billy Riordan Clinic
Golden Sands
Rest Camp
NP HQ
Museum
First Livigstonia Mission
Missionary Graves
First Livigstonia Mission
Missionary Graves
Danforth Yachting
Fisheries GH
Lujeri Cottage
Panda Garden/HEEED Shop
Kayak Africa
Craft Shops
Stevens GH/Frogman Diving
Giatar (Shops & Tea Garden)
Reggae
Beach Bar
Thomas's
Mufasa Lodge
Malambe Camp
Cape Mac Lodge
Chembe
Eagle's Nest
Local
Market
Fat Monkeys
Tuckawys
Gecko Lounge
Mgoza Lodge
Boma
Hiccups Pub
School
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Uncle Charlies Booze Den
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Taipei
Fish Heaven
Lucky Bean
Giant Baobab Tree
Blue Cactus
Aqua Fish Training Centre
Sailing Holiday, Island Cruising & Marin Sports
Recreation & Activities
Island Camp, Island Resort & Water Sports
Kayak Africa is an adventure-safari operator specialising
in sea kayak and small boat safaris on Lake Malawi, and
hike-bike-kayak safaris around Southern Malawi.
Kayak Africa has exclusive concession tropical island
camps on Mumbo Island and Domwe Island. Mumbo Island
is an award-winning site for its sustainable practices.
Kayak Africa
Danforth Yachting
On top of popular water sports Danforth ofers wide range
of activities:
Hobie cat & dingy sailing / Waterskiing / Wakeboarding / Tube rides /
Tailored sailing (A variety of watersports and activities are all available
The instructors give expert tuition for waterskiing,
wakeboarding, snorkelling and sailing.
Its all-round excellence will support your memorial event
such as birthday celebrations, anniversaries, engagements,
weddings and honeymoons.
099 996 0077 / 099 996 0770
099 994 2661
MINI ITINERARY
Mumbo Island
Mumbo Island Camp Mumbo Island
Classic Safari Challenge Change a Life Cycle
Sports Escape
Change a Life Cycle 2010 Lilongwe - Salima - Zomba Plateau.
Classic Safari Challenge 2011 Rally through Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho to South Africa
Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon (annual, July) Senga Bay (Salima) to
Chilumba (northernmost bay)
Ultra Light Tackle Tournament, Senga Bay (annual, April) Lilongwe - Salima - Zomba Plateau.
Malawi Fishing expeditions
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Adventure Holiday Mumbo / Domwe / Likoma [Kayak Africa]
Honeymoon Liwonde - Mumbo - Likoma [Jambo Africa etc.]
Memorial Party Cruising - round cruise Cape Maclear - Mumbo Island - Likoma -
Mozambique - Nkhata Bay - Monkey Bay [Danforth Yachting]
Rift Valley Fly-In Safari South Luangwa Valley - Lake Malawi [Nyassa Air Taxi]
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Adventure, Holiday & Anniversary Resort
www.danforthyachting.com
www.kayakafrica.com
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Accommodation
enquiries@chembenest.com
www.chembenest.com
0995 475 688 / 0999 966 507
An idyllic retreat on northern end of
beach. En-Suite chalets and
campsite
Chembe Eagle's Nest
Fat Monkeys
Cape Mac Lodge
Malambe Camp
Gecko Lounge
malambe_camp@btinternet.com
0999 258 959
In addition to camping amenity
there are wide & clean rooms,
restaurant and bar. Check their
environmentally friendly bamboo
hut with solar panel.
rogerl@africa-online.net
www.capemaclodge.com
0999 621 279
Upmarket lodge, run by French
couple, There is a hirlpool in the
swimming pool.
bookgeckolounge@gmail.com
www.geckolounge.net
0999 787 322 / 0999 833 856
Superb sunsets viewed from the bar
veranda or hammock. En-suite private
chalets with kitchen facilities. Shared room
for budgettraveller.
fatmonkeys@africa-online.net
01 599 133 / 0999 948 501
Lively place with dorms, a great
variety of rooms and wide bar,
popular with backpackers and car
campers lodge.
malawi@mufasabackpackers.com
http;//mufasamalawi.com
0999 071 665
English cottage style lodge,
backpacker and group tourist's
place. The restaurant serves
delicious dishes, home made bread
and cakes.
Mufasa Lodge
Mgoza Lodge
Tuckaways
Danforth Lodge
tuckaways@gmail.com
www.tuckawaysmw.com
0999 787 322 / 0999 833 856
Five individual reed chalets on
wooden decks with private veranda
overlooking Lake Malawi.
www.mgozalodge.com
info@danforthyachting.com
www.danforthyachting.com
099 996 0077 / 099 996 0770
Yacht charter & luxury lodge.
Sailing in a superb 12m catamaran
will make you feel like millionaire.
info@mgozalodge.com
Mgozalodge@googlemail.com
0993 193 593
A casual lodge with thatched chalets
and art gallery, all rooms are double
and en-suite. You can enjoy home
made Pizza.
*Chembe Village Community Projects (volunteer) involvement are available fromhere.
See Pg06
Lucky Bean Cottage
Panda Garden Lujeri Lake Cottage
Fish Heaven Lodge
The oldest and unchanged accommodation of cape maclear.
Worth a try. Feel true spirit of Cape Maclear.
0999 927 755
Fully equipped, self catering cottages with refreshing garden.
Locates at quiet west end.
Self-catering accommodation run by
Kayak Africa. Situated behind
reception of Kayak Africa.
letsgo@kayakafrica.com
099 994 2661
Fully equipped, self catering house
with 4 Bedrooms (2 en-suite, 2
bedrooms with sharing bathroom / 4
rooms).
E nvi ronmental educati on shows every
Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Check HEEED Handicrafts shop.
lujerilodge@lujeri.com
01 460 015
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Far western end of beach, inside park
wi th bes t vi ew. Chal ets and
accommodations for study tours are
available to anyone too!
0991 779 131(NP manager)
or ask NP ranger
Golden Sands Rest Camp
Aqua Fish Training Centre
taipeigardenlodge@yahoo.com
0884 421 776 / 01 599 147
Simple accommodation in quiet
surrounding. Restaurant serves
Asian cuisine.
Taipei Garden Lodge
Steven's GH
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Cape Maclear Fisheries GH
On western end of beach, away from busy tourist area. Fully
equipped self-catering accommodation managed by fisheries
staff.
0993 132 000 / 01 587 249
Upmarket Mid-range Budget
Places of Interest in Cape Maclear
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Frogman Divers
Experience awesome
freshwater high altitude
dive and enjoy watching
mouthbrooders and cave!
Casual snorkelling - US10$
Booking: Kayak Africa / Steven's
Gaiatar (Finn word) is a place to
shop, which sells all sorts of
fantastic Malawian sourced crafts
and goods.
Located next to Billy Riordan
Memorial Trust.
Kayak Africa
Gaiatar Shop & Tea Garden
Activities & Shops
(in Cape Mac Lodge) French cuisine. Place for private
gourmet dinner.
Restaurant inside serves standard cuisine. You can
enjoy nice dinner with wine.
Restaurant with cozy ambience serves delicious
homemade pizza and burgers.
Restaurant with neat African tone and with a fully
stocked bar. Redecorated recently.
Variety of basic dishes of both local and western styles.
Simple and good enough local restaurant at reasonable
price. Try local food 'nsima & chambo' here.
Serves Asian style dishes such as fried rice / noodle.
Try delicacies from lake in different way.
You can ask beach boys around to order dinner .
Barbecue or a traditional South African "potjie" in the
open is popular.
The Boma Hiccups Pub & Restaurant Standard cuisine
Froggies French cuisine
Fat Monkey Local / Western
Local
Local
Gecko Lounge Local / Western
Taipei Restaurant Local / Asian
Mgoza Restaurant & Bar African / Western
African / Western
Beach BBQ
Chembe Eagles Nest Lodge Restaurant
Thomas's Restaurant & Bar
Dining Guide
letsgo@kayakafrica.com
www.kayakafrica.com
099 994 2661
Operates Mumbo and Domwe Island
camps. Kayak trips, small boat safaris,
bike-kayak safaris.
About 5 kilometres from Cape Maclear on the
road to Monkey Bay is a place called Mwala Wa
Mphini which means rock of the tribal face scars.
The place is about a hundred
metres of the road, so
watch the signpost.
The rocks with its Scars is
looking like they were
done by an artist but
they are geological
formations.
Cape Maclear was the frst site of the
Livingstonia Mission, established in
1875 and abandoned a few years later,
due to the high
incidence of malaria in
this area. Several of the mission-
aries die of malaria.
A small group of graves of three
Europeans and one African can
be seen here.
First Livigstonia Mission and
Missionary Graves
Mwala Wa Mphini
(Rock of the Tribal Face Scars)
Are there otters at
Otter Point?
EEE!
Lake Malawi is
our good habitat
A Simple twittering
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Yes, Bwana
See Pg04
village band
J ust talk to people.
Malawians are tremendously hospitable.
In a moment your holiday activities will be
arranged by the guest house, beach boys & BBQ
boys (who cruise beach to stand by to organize
your meal, accompanied by village band that
plays hand made instruments).
Beach BBQ
Cichlids
African cichlids are known for their beautiful patterns and array of colors
that are not typical to most freshwater fish. No other group of freshwater
fish are more colorful than African cichlids. These fish are simply
fascinating to observe and they will amaze you with their social behavior
and the degree of intelligence they possess.
In order to protect their young, cichlids display some of the most
entertaining and fascinating behaviour of the freshwater fishes.
The male fish digs out a cave (nest) for the female fish and lures her. After
the male fertilizes eggs, female picks up the eggs in her mouth and carries
them until they hatch.
The eggs will hatch between 10-15 days after fertilization. The female
then hold the babies in her mouth for up to two more weeks, occasionally
letting them out to feed them, but will suck them back in when danger
threatens.
The fry of mouth-brooding cichlids are fascinating to watch as they swim
in tight ball-like schools and rush into their mothers mouth all at once.
African cichlids are known for their beautiful patterns and array of colors
that are not typical to most freshwater fish. No other group of freshwater
fish are more colorful than African cichlids. These fish are simply
fascinating to observe and they will amaze you with their social behavior
and the degree of intelligence they possess.
In order to protect their young, cichlids display some of the most
entertaining and fascinating behaviour of the freshwater fishes.
The male fish digs out a cave (nest) for the female fish and lures her. After
the male fertilizes eggs, female picks up the eggs in her mouth and carries
them until they hatch.
The eggs will hatch between 10-15 days after fertilization. The female
then hold the babies in her mouth for up to two more weeks, occasionally
letting them out to feed them, but will suck them back in when danger
threatens.
The fry of mouth-brooding cichlids are fascinating to watch as they swim
in tight ball-like schools and rush into their mothers mouth all at once.
Cichlids
Cichlids, Mouth-brooder
Malawian Staple 'nsima' &
Everyone's favorite 'chambo'
nsima = cornmeal product, ubiquitous food of Malawi
chambo = bream-like fish
usually served with masamba = relish
Educational Panels in National Park Aquarium
Lake Malawi has tremendous cichlid fish diversity.
Fish and the fisheries sector in Malawi play a very important role as a source of nutrition. come and employment.
MUST-KNOW THING ABOUT MALAWI !
in Lake Malawi
Curios And Keepsakes
Wooden carvings
Bawo /chess board and wooden bowls
(Note they are made from Mahogany and Ebony)
Keyrings (personalised with your name)
Wooden/cane toys
Seed bead necklaces
Chitenje cloth (tailorable)
Malawi-grown tea and cofee
Soccer balls made from
plastic bags
Wooden carvings
Bawo /chess board and wooden bowls
(Note they are made from Mahogany and Ebony)
Keyrings (personalised with your name)
Wooden/cane toys
Seed bead necklaces
Chitenje cloth (tailorable)
Malawi-grown tea and cofee
Soccer balls made from
plastic bags
Bao
Malawi's
National Game
Bawo (originally bao, Swahili for "board) is an African chess or East
African traditional mancala board game ".
As with most traditional games, the rules were only preserved by oral
tradition. (Mobile app has already been downloadable.)
Bao board consists in four rows of eight holes. All the holes are rounded,
but the fourth from the right in the middle rows, that is squarish and
called nyumba ("home"), and ne or two larger stock pits are sometimes
positioned at the left and/or right or both extremes of the board.
The object of the game is to empty your opponent's front row, or deprive
him of any legal moves, while still protecting your own front row.
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Things Of Interest
Are there monkeys
in Monkey Bay?
Inde, indeed!
And Crocodiles too,
Zikomo!
Malawis Local Specialty
Chi ef s Chai r &
Mal awi an Stool
There are lots of curios on the street
of Malawi. Among them wooden
toys of "Toys 'R' Us" stand out with
no doubt. Those are near perfect
replicas of the real cars, 4x4s, Land
Rover, bicycles etc.. Absolutely
fantastic and lovable. Don't miss
their yellow sign!
Malawian Chief Chairs is a popular souvenir.
The primary woods used to make the chief
chairs are Red or Black Mahogany, Euphorbia
and Afrormosia. Chairs come in two sections
for easy transport so that it's literally director's
chair.
Wooden Toy Craft Shop
Toys 'R' us
Carlsberg beer is local, as is Malawi
vodka, rum, Brandy, gin and tonic
which is well known and inexpensive.
'Kuche Kuche' (meaning till sunrise) is
popular among tourist. Chibuku Shake
Shake is locals staple. 30ml or 50ml
sachet of liquor are commonly sold in
local store.
Alcohol
Soft drinks
Dessert & Snack
Thobwa
Malambe Fruit Juice
(baobab fruit)
roasted
boiled
Ngumbi, frying termites
Nyese, roasted ladybugs
Mandasi
Zitumbuwa, banana fritters
Boiled peanuts
A Simple twittering
.....
And Hippos
Chambiko
Masese
(maize ale)
sachet
liquor
Kuche Kuche
Mowa Watu Watu
* Thobwa*
Mai ze- based- non-
alcoholic energy drink,
gritty and vaguely but
refreshing.
* Chambiko *
mud toy mud toy cane toy cane toy wire toy wire toy wooden toy wooden toy
mix of liquidy and chunky
sour millk.
( Drinking Yogurt )
A vari ety of toys are created on the street !
Chips with cabbage salad,
boiled peanuts, samosas,
mandazis (=maize dough
ball), bags of popcorns
Mbewa : mice, Common street foods:
Hippos are
Vegetarian
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MONKEY BAY
MANGOCHI
Pumulani
Lodge
Kasankha Bay
Madzidzi Bay
Norman Carr Cottage
Nkhudzi
Lodge
Nkhudzi Bay
Nkope Bay
Boadzulu
Island
Sun 'N' Sand
Nanchengwa Lodge
Sunbird Nkopola
Aqua Fish Farm
Makokola Retreat
Andrews Hotel
Mpale Cultural Village
Palm
Beach
Resort
Dalitso Resort
Veronica Acres GH
Venice Beach
Mufasa Backpacker Lodge
Namizimu
Forest Retreat
Boadzulu
Lakeshore Resort
Conforzi Lake House
Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat
Koma
Croc
Alcon
Cottages
Energem
S128
T378
T319
S129
Otter Point
Tribal Rock
Craft
Market
MONKEY BAY - MANGOCHI
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M10
M10
M3
Mulangeni
Holiday Resort
Domwe Island Camp
Mumbo Island
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Mwala Wa Nkhope
Fort Mangochi
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Pamudzi
Lodge
Mama
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Ncheni
Lodge
Twin
Towers
Lodge
Martin's
Beach Hotel
People's
Local
Market
Sunbird
Nkopola
Nkopola Lodge & Campsite
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Moanbique
Chiponde
Kadango
Makanjila
Mapalamba
1761 m
Msondole
1800 m
Malembo
Chantulo
S129
Namwela
Skull Farm
Old
Fort Johnstone
Chole Cottage
Nyanja Eco Lodge
Pamuzi Lodge
Uzuzu
1300 m
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See P 17
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Aquatic activities, beach leisure, Golf,
Tennis, Swimming, Spa etc.
Resort hotels provide most activities that
vi si t ors can come up wi t h. Al so guest
houses are located on waterfront targeting
waters ports l overs, they won' t mi ss a
chance to support guests. Wherever you
stay you will find entertainment.
Sight & Leisure namizimu "the place of the spirits" &
mangochi hill, the origin of mangochi
Fort Mangochi & Old Fort Johnston
Panoramic view of Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe
(from Uzuzu Peak, Namizimu Forest Reserve)
Fort J ohnston was established to limit the slave
traffic moving northwards towards the Lake and on to
Zanzibar. It was named after Sir Harry J ohnston, the
British Consul General of Nyasaland.
Fort Johnston, Sir Harry Johnston
Mangochi Boma
East side of the Lake & Boma
West side of the Lake - Lakeshore -
Mangochi district has three discrete parts. A
commercial center spreads on the west side of
Shire River toward Blantire. On east side there is a
spiritual center of Mangochi, Mangochi Hill and
Namizimu Forest along the Great Rift. And,
Lakeshore between Monkey Bay and Mangochi Is
the foremost resort area in Malawi.
Ol d F ort J ohnstone i s a hi stori c si te to
commemorate the first structures of Mangochi DC,
after new fort has built on the river bank the building
was used as a prison for Yao slave merchant till 1926.
Fort J ohnston (on Mangochi Hill) was built in 1897
and after Malawi's independence its colonial
designation has renamed to Mangochi. Now Namwela
area has its function and the township of colonial era
remains as 'old town'.
Mangochi Town
Lake Malombe
Namizimu Forest Reserve, Fort Mngochi,
Mangochi Town
see p17-18
Nami zi mu Forest Retreat offers the
only accommodation available on the
South Eastern side of Lake Malawi.
This eco-lodge is blessed with ideal conditions for
solar powered systems and mountain springs
which supply water on tap. Their water project
seem to be achieving not
only quality eco-tourism
but al s o communi ty
development.
The estate of this refurbished lodge was
established in 1942 by the renowned
entomologist Dr William Lamborn. Namizimu
has gained a reputation for unusual species
of butterfly.
Hot shower behind huge boulders
Cooksonia alicae Butterfly
first recorded specimen
captured in 1928 by William Lamborne.
(Photo : Julian Bayliss)
Skull Rock,
Mwala Wa Nkhope
Skull Rock,
Mwala Wa Nkhope
Namizimu Forest Reserve
Trekking and Expedition
Namizimu Forest Reserve
Trekking and Expedition
I f you wish to visit the
historic site Fort Mangochi,
extend your journey to
"Skull Rock".
To get the rock site you'll
have to get off the vehicle
at Skull Farm and hike
around the hill of rock to the
front.
Hiking path will lead you to
panoramic view of Lake
Malawi, Lake Malombe and
Mangochi Hill. Big rock with
ladder provides child friendly
attraction.
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Fort Mangochi
Skull Rock
Namizimu Forest Retreat
Visit traditional boatyard which still uses
local methods to build wooden lake boats.
Try one of dugout canoe to experience
authentic village life and appreciate
Malawian Culture. Also your visit will
empower young people.
If you want to watch aquatic creature
closely in a safe way visiting commercial
farm is a good option.
Before visit check feeding time, or you can
order croc dish if you wish.
There are many organizations that operate
volunteering programs in Monkey Bay all
the year round. Volunteers' visit is a great
empowerment to children and villagers.
Orphanages:
Monkey Bay Orphanage / Kazembe
Orphanage / Chilombo Orphanage
Secondary School :
Namakoma / Chilombo
Join the choir practice in Monkey Bay.
Listen the Christian spiritual choir and heal
yourself (accompanied by African drums).
Also church buildings and interior are
worth a look. A visit to Mosque is good
alternative too.
Fish Farm and
Croc Farm
Fishing Village and
Boatyard
Orphanage / School
Choir
Recreation & Activities
Monkey Bay
Monkey Bay
- Mangochi
Monkey Bay
Cape Maclear
Monkey Bay
Cape Maclear
0999 927 434 / 01 870 7377]
Chichlid : Aqua Fish Farm, near Makokola
Crocodile : Koma Croc, Koma Normans Rd
St. Louis Catholic Church /
The Chirombo Church Choir /
Mosque
Mpale Cultural Village
Mpale Village in Mangochi is specifcally
designed to promote Yao culture.
Yao peopl e are predominately found
ar ound t he s out her n ar ea of Lake
Malawi and have a strong cultural identity, which transcend the
national borders.
Mpale Cultural Village showcases traditions and culture of the
Yao people and studies how they were infuenced by the ways of
the Arab slave-traders.
On a hill the place is surrounded by massive panorama overlook
of baobab forest below (includes lake).
Engage with traditional
dances and songs !
* Te programme costs Mk3,000 for the frst six people and Mk500 for
each additional person. Best booked two days in advance.
01 598 075 / 01 598 043 / 01 598 020
Njobvu Cultural Village
A village ideally built to enable visitors to
experi ence authenti c vi l l age l i f e and
appreciate Malawian Culture.
Take part in preparing nsima! (see below)
Get involved in culture
and wildlife conservation!
- Mangochi -
- Liwonde -
- Dance performance & traditional entertainment
- Guided walking tour
- Meetings with villagers, local artist, traditional healer and village headman
- Visit to the nursery school
- Being part of a brewing party
Njobvu Cultural Village Lodge ofers:
0888 623 530 http://www.njobvuvillage.org
info@njobvuvillage.org
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Accommodation
Florence Motel
Martin's Holiday Resort
Pamudzi Lodge
Andrews Hotel
01 594 372 / 755 186
0999 941 264 / 0999 265 024
Self contained and very spacious rooms with CATV, self
catering chalets, conference hall, swimming pool.
0888 870 817
tepero.charles2@gmail.com
Small family run motel, next to the premier spot 'Makokoloa
Retreat'.
0888 305 966 / 0993 071 808 / 01 580 770
0999 752 276 / 0999 325 83
Within walking distance of Nkopola Lodge. 16 rooms, large
en-suite dbl room has balcony with lake view.
Budget traveller's accommodation set back from the Nkopola
Lodge, 12 basic rooms and suites.
palmbeach@africa-online.net
01 584564 / 01 584291
0999 917 464/465
Comfortable and spacious en-suit
rooms, self catering two bedroom
chalets with lounge, Standard
Chalet and campsite.
Palm Beach Resort
Twin Towers Lodge
Ncheni Lodge
0999 588 956 / 0999 578 131 alikopaga@yahoo.co.uk
Within walking distance of Nkopola Lodge. Variety of
comfortable double rooms and suites.
just before Twin Tower Lodge. Family run motel with standing
Tents.
Mama Mia lodge
Within walking distance of Nkopola Lodge. Behing Pamudzi
Lodge.
Balitso Resort
To the north of Palm Beach Resort.
Velonica Acres GH
To the north of Palm Beach Resort.
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Makokoloa Retreat
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge
nkopola@sunbirdmalawi.com
www.sunbirdmalawi.com
01 580 444 / 802
Well-known resort, variety of types of room
including chalets and familyrooms.
enquiries@makokola.com
www.makokola.com
01 580244/445/469
The premier resort in Malawi. Offers
all-round attractions and services for
tourist such as Golf Tennis, Spa,
even Airstrip
*FormerlyClubMakokola
Nyanja Eco Lodge & Spa
nelson@nyanjalodges.com
http://nyanjalodges.com
0991 580 114
Extensive facilities including 10
rooms, massage room, conference
room, restaurant, casino and bar.
www.palmbeach-mw.com
Mulangeni Holiday Resort
mulangeni@globemw.net
mulangeniholidayresort@yahoo.com
0999 580 698/200/201
Plain accommodation and ampsite,
26 chalets and standing tents.
Situated 20 km north of Mangochi.
marketing@alexanderhotels.net
www.alexanderhotels.net
01 594 725 / 0999 971 561 /
0888 207 799 / 01 750 742
51 en-suite rooms, 12 executive
suites, self-catering chalets,
campsite, swimming pool &
conference facilities
Boadzulu Lodge
Nanchengwa Lodge
Sun 'n' Sand
www.alexanderhotels.net
sunnsand@malawi.net
www.sunnsandmw.com
01 594 550 580 550/391/572
The biggest hotel in Malawi, over
120 comfortable, air-conditioned,
thatched chalets and bungalows
ryan@nanchengwa.com
0999 274696 0888 747620
Mid range lakeside accommodation
with simple and clean facilities
Chole Cottage
chole@cholemalawi.com
http://cholemalawi.com
0993 436 102 / 01 794 075
2 self-catering basis cottages on the
lakeshore. Fully equipped with cooking and
dining utensils.
Conforzi Lake House
reservations@ulendo.net
* Booking : Ulendo Travel
01794 555
Colonial style exclusive house (built in
1958). self-catering, 5 bedrooms with 3
bathrooms. An informal and picturesque
retreat on the southern lake shore is a
perfectsetting to escape and unwind.
Upmarket Mid-range Budget
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Venice Beach
Backpackers
Venice Beach
Backpackers
Mufasa Lodge Mufasa Lodge
Lake Malawi
National
Park Ofce
Chikoko Bay Chikoko Bay
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People's
Zawadi
Abiti Chipande GH
Sun Bakery
MBS
FMB
Ilala Village Lodge
The Mars
Lake Ferry Services
(booking ofce)
MONKEY BAY
Chipiku
Survey
Police
St. Louis
Secondary
School
Fisheries
To fshing villages
(Chizale, Zambo, Mvunguti)
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Sight & Leisure
Monkey Bay (or Lusumbwe) is known as
southernmost ferry harbor of MV Ilala.
Visitors are amazed at industrial growth of
this area. Monkey Bay Harbour is the main
port on Lake Malawi, and a construction
and repair centre for the Lakes limited
shipping. You can fnd an attractive market
place including the supermarket and a
good bakery, make a last pit stop to Cape
Maclear.
Slow Life in Malawi
Strolling Monkey Bay
Monkey Bay is the least
exploited of African tourist
town. Explore the town of
unhurried African lifestyle on
foot to experience true sense of
Africa.
Also you can take local boat
from harbour to nearest fshing village (Chizale -
Zambo -Mvunguti). Youll enjoy unscheduled
excursion.
Velvet Monkey
Harbor
Accommodation
malawi@mufasabackpackers.com
http://mufasamalawi.com
0999 071 665
Situated in excellent location and
offers superb private campsite but
that's not all, here is what Monkey
Bay is all about.
Mufasa Lodge
Zawadi GH
Venice Beach Backpackers
Pumulani, Robin Pope Safaris
Alcon Cottage
info@robinpopesafaris.net
01 770 540
15 minute drive from Monkey Bay
airstrip. Hillside villas with stunning
vi ews through wi ndows and
extensive deck.
venice@venicebeachbackpackers.com
www.venicebeachbackpackers.com
0999 319 453
A cool and laid-back place to stay
right on the white sandy beach, run
by Malawians.
alcon@africa-online.net
0999 951 301 / 0888 104 257
Lakeside resort with all modern
conveniences. Cottages are
uniquely built with stones and
perfectly located on the beautiful
lakeshore.
www.pumulani.com
01 587 232
0999 228 438 / 0999 427 323
Budget accommodation with simple
clean rooms. Located near bus
stop. 9 si ngl e rooms and 7
self-contained rooms.
www.cruisemalawi.com
0993 177 133
12 bed luxurious houseboat docked
on Monkey Bay, daily trips and
overnight trips into the park,
available for sunset cruises.
MV Mangunda
Norman Carr Cottage
Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat
Nkhudzi Lodge
nkhudzilodge@webmail.co.za
www.nkhudzilodge.com
0888 128 711 /
0888 515 189 / 0999 386 669
Small lodge & campsite located in
Nkhudzi Bay, chalets with a beach
deck, reasonable waterfront
accommodation.
reservations@ulendo.net
01 794 555
Newly upgraded lakeshore cottage,
unique, secluded retreat. Situated
on Namakoma Bay
www.normancarrcottage.com
taffy@africa-online.net
0999 207 506 / 0888 355 357
Situated on the southern lake shore
in the beautiful sheltered bay of
Namakoma, just 15km south of
Monkey Bay.
Upmarket Mid-range Budget
0888 647 218
Recently renovated fully equipped
self catering house. Located on the
way to Venice Beach Backpackers,
10 minutes walk from main road.
Abiti Chipande GH
*booking agent : Ulendo Travel
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Hiking to Northern shore of
Monkey Bay
Stop to hike unexplored
lakeshore up to the nearest
village. Every view of Lake is
simply truly breathtaking and
incomparable to any other
places.
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entrance of mountain path (a few
minutes, walkable distance if you
know the place to stop).
Itll take half an hour to get to the
nearest village, Chizale. When
you reach there greet with villagers and village
headman. You can go back to trail and proceed till
Zambo and Mvunguti (biggest village). If you want to
go further there becomes untrodden area so bring
your own tent and food. You can catch local boat to
come back to Monkey Bay.
View of Northern Shore
(East Thumbi at the back)
to the mountain path
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Villa Tafka
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Lake Malawi
Museum
Prison
FMB, TNM,
Internet
MSB
CCAP
NBS
Fort John Stone
Hotel Police
Metro
War
Cemetery
DC,
Tourism
Ofce
Hot Pot Lodge
Tropical
Bakery
Central Market
Wellville
Lodge
Chombo
Mangochi
Tourist
Lodge
Perfect Lodge
Monkey Bay
Lilongwe
Petroda
Puma
Food & Ice Cream Centre
Summer
Chilani Drugstore
Nyanja Bakery
Mai Aida
Restaurant
NBS
OK Executive
Lodge
Abiti Chipande Lodge
Fort Johnston
Leisure Centre
Abjana
People's
Upire
Telecoms &
Internet
Immigration
OIBM
FINCA
Airtel
Community
Ground,
Community
Library
Oasis
D&M
Escom
Bakery
Clock Tower
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Blantyre
Sight & Leisure
Located on the Shire
River below its efux
from Lake Malawi and 5
miles (8 km) south of its
entrance into Lake
Malombe.
Mangochi was once an important slaving
centre and later a colonial administrative
town and restricted slave trade. During
colonial times it was called Fort Johnston
(named after British general), It developed
as an agricultural centre and has marine-
engineering shops.
When travelling from Monkey Bay traveller
will enjoy dramatic change of scenery in
rapid succession from marsh to savannah
and into riverside town.
This hotchkiss gun stood on the
British gun boat HMS Gwendolyn
which patrolled Lake Malawi from
1889 to 1940.
There proudly remain 3 guns in town, one at
Clock Towe, another at museum, and last one
at the entrance of police.
MV Vipya shipwreck was the worst
shipping disaster on the lake
which happened on 30th July
1946. (You may meet a survivor.)
6Pr Hotchkiss Gun
MV Vipya Memorial Plaque
*
Attracti ons of Mangochi
- Clock Tower, Museum, Mangochi Boma -
Accommodation
Shoestring accommodation behind People's.
0999 395 898
Abiti Chipande GH
Chombo Lodge
OK Executive Lodge
Makanjira Resthouse
Hot Pot Lodge
Budget lodge near bus station, on the local market
side.
0999 297 420
Fully equipped, self catering house with 5 rooms (2
self-contained, 3 bedrooms with sharing bathroom) and backup
solar power. Neat, reccomendable & affordable. 0888 647 218
Near bus station on west (M3) side, basic bedrooms for
budget travellers
0999 056 215
Standard and budget accommodation. 18 rooms. Situated on
Blantyre Rd before entering Mangochi town.
0888 340 773
Standard and budget accommodation. Situated along M3 on the
way from Cape Maclear or Lilongwe.
01 594 150 / 151 / 0881 398 909
Chalet style accommodation on T385 Rd (behind RG Pac)
01 594 789 / 0999 634 510
Budget hotel set in backstreet of old town.
01 594 051 tepero.charles2@gmail.com
Near bus station on west (M3) side, basic rooms for budget
travellers
01 593 281 / 0888 330 071
welliville100@yahoo.com 01 594 600 / 0888 324 118
Simple basic accommodation with pigeon house and rabbit
hutch.
By the river with great view & bar, basic budget place,
opposite side to Villa Tafika.
Fort Johnsotn leisure Center
info@villatafika.com
http://www.villatafika.com
0881 961707
Colonial style villa at riverside.
Renovated historic house built in 1891
(Former residence was the captain of
gunboat HMS Guendoline).
Villa Tafika Lodge
RG Pac Hotel
Holiday Hotel
Mawunde Lodge
Welliville Lodge & Campsite
01 593 607 / 0888 717 960
Situated at main junction with the Blantyre Rd. 2 story bldg,
Opposite lively outdoor restaurant 'The Summer'.
Perfect Lodge
Mangochi Tourist Lodge
Namizimu Forest Retreat
0995 423 721 tara@namizimu.com
20 minutes drive from Mangochi to the road
to Makanjira (toward Mozanbique).
All rooms are en-suite, with hot solar-heated
showers and/or baths (mountain spring
water on tap), and a private veranda. Also
have campsite and forest cabin.
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http://www.namizimu.com
ECO
Upmarket Mid-range Budget
These historical monuments date back
to the beginning of the 20th century.
Mangochi have respect for history.
Museum houses ethnic,
environmental, and
historical exhibits which
helps visitors to gain a
better understanding of
Lake Malawi Museum
Eee Hee..
Mangochi is certainly
worth exploring
"Fools say they learn from
experience; I prefer to learn
from the experience of
others."
Only if you try
to make believe
Eish!!
The areas of Mangochi and Fort
Johnston have an important and
interesting historical heritage.
Seeing is believing.
Glass cane beads of Arab
Display about slave trade
the unaltered lifestyle... Npasa (Lake Salmon)
Local handicrafts selection
Malawi and the
people who live on
the lakeshores.
This museum is
worth a glimpse.
Stop by for thought-provoking display and learn
more.
A Simple twittering...
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Sweet Land
Likoma meaning Sweet Land. It is named after its special-
ity mango, it produces the sweetest mango in the country.
Likoma Island is the larger of two inhabited islands situated
on the eastern side of Lake Malawi, close to the Mozam-
bique coast and surrounded, in fact, by Mozambican
territorial waters.
The main draw for travellers is the island's isolation and the
difculty in arriving and departing, however ofers one of
Sight & Leisure
the most spectacular innovative resorts with rocky promontories, golden
beaches and huge baobab trees and mango bush.
Unspoiled tourist destination
Likoma is described as an idyllic island.
Development on Likoma has been sluggish. There
are still no paved roads and very few motor
vehicles. Large hills and forests remain unspoiled.
But on the other hand it encouraged high quality
eco-lodge development. Although electricity is
usually switched of at night and on at 7 am. as
routine (simply depends on Ilala's diesel delivery), water station has
commenced pomping, mobile phones and dongles for Internet access are in
use, museum and new lodges have built. Its still slow but for certain that
positive change has been made recently.
Watersports
Unlike some other parts of the lake, the water
here is still blessedly free of bilharzia,
therefore its a perfect place for diving, snorkelling and sailing. It's safe to swim
but there are also crocodiles on Likoma Island. You must be cautious about
crocs especially during rainy season. If you are not sure whether its ok or not to
swim ask the locals.
Chizumulu Island
Chizumulu "Cheezie" Island is quieter counter-
part of Likoma Island. It is smaller than Likoma
and even more remote, it shouldn't be missed.
* Smaller boats (including dhows) cross the strait
between Likoma and Chizumulu every day.
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Malipenga Competition
CHIPONDE
MWASE
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Witch
Doctors
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Anglican
Cathedral
Hot Coconut Bar
Khaiko
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Kaya Mawa
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Fudwe Museum
Cathedral
The island's main historic
attraction is the behemoth
of St. Peter's, the vast stone
gothic cathedral built by
Scottish missionaries in
1903, measures over 100m
long by 25m wide. It is still
standing today as one of
Situated on Mbuzi Point, half hour
walk distance from airstrip.
A rural community-based initiative
showcases a wide collection of
antiques.
It showcases that everything on
Likoma revolves around the water
(and its past island life still remains
unchanged all time).
Traditional Doctor
Malawi's most remarkable buildings (also the
third largest cathedral in Central Africa). It is
standing on the site of a burning place for
witches. The frst missionaries witnessed
suspected witches being burned at the stake
here (its vestige is in area name Chipeyela,
menaing 'the burning place').
Attending mass of commanding view on
Sunday is a beautiful experince. You can climb
the clocktower of the cathedral.
Traditional healers so-called
witch doctor are still practic-
ing here. The island's most
famous healer William J.
Kumpalotta attracts clients
from both inside and outside
of country.
Visitor will be lead by an assistant to meet him with a
twig of cassava on your left hand and without your
shoes. Greet him and his monkey frst and wait inside
Traditional dance and music depict
cultural and historical heritage of
Likoma. Malipenga Dance is a sort of
boozy afairs of weekend afternoon
amang local people. The word
Malipenga means trumpets and the
horn is still used in place of the
trumpet.
Malipenga Dances
Likoma District is densely
populated, with over
12,000 inhabitants. A
small insufcient mission
hospital is the only health
facility on the Island that
can provide healthcare
for all the residents in
Likoma and neighboring
area. It depends on
charity for funding. Please
be very careful of dog and
insect bites.
St Peters Hospital
Attractions of Likoma Island
- Historical sites and Tradition -
[fudwe]
as ripen it becomes black
[Entrance Fee]
Malawian / Non Malawian 100 / 300 MK
Fudwe Leisure, Garden & Museum
0888 736 669
Malipenga is a dance of
resistance. Dancers wear white
shirts and short pants
(imitation of the old british
military) and play traditional
instrument. It shows tipical
way of Malawian adopting
Skin drums , Malawian maracas (woven-grass boxes
flled with dried maize kernels) and African kazoo
(calabash gourd resonators) etc. are still used at local
tradiaional dance and music.
British power and merging their feeling and express it. On1st
and 2nd of Jan island hold the dance performance annualy.
building listening to patients singing local gospel.
His matted dreadlocks tucked under his turban, his
superfcial trappings of Christianity seemingly lacks
authenticity but his infuence among islanders is
immense. Witchdoctor has spread around Malawi in mid
1990s due to the rapid population increase, combined
with insufciency of medical service and growth of AIDS.
There are small library for local students.
Drink bar and souvenir shop inside.
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MV J acana is Likoma-based water
transport for tourist.
The launch is at anchor in a pier of Blue
GumCottage.
Luxury resort. Hosts a full range of
water activities. Honeymoon suite on a
private island. Three rooms have their
own private plunge pools.
Kaya Mawa Kaya Mawa
enquiries@kayamawa.com
www.kayamawa.com
0999 318 359 / 60
Thatched huts nestled on the beach.
en-suite chalets, with verandas
overlooking the lake; an en-suite dorm
for 7 and an expansive beach you
could camp on.
Built on a little hilltop, with a natural
rocky landscape, the Lodge has 5
executive and spacious rooms, each
with an adjoining lounge.
Mango Drift
Khaiko Lodge
mailmangodrift@gmail.com
www.mangodrift.com
0999 746 122 / 0993 048 621
khaiko.com
info@khaiko.com
0888 746 262 / 0888 539 678
Jacana Transport Jacana Transport
0999 604 630 / 0884 008 414
Local standard guesthouse has
extended new annex on lake
front, 3 cabins (self-contained) and
restaurant. Situated at Chipyela town.
Thatched, rustically decorated villa with
stairway made from blue gum tree.
Located at Mbamba, short distance from
Catedral. Local boat hire available.
Salame.vessel@yahoo.com
0888 540 098 / 0884 001 327
Blue Gum Cottage
Mulungu Alemekezeke Resthouse
http://villasofmalawi.com
01 357 286 / 272
The only available accommodation for
tourist on the island.It's an impressive
spot built around a rocky outcrop. You
can eat & drink, also rent snorkelling and
diving gear here.
Wakwenda Retreat
woosie@hotmail.com
(Chizumulu)
Transport issue : (gotta feel free and relax!)
Salame.vessel@yahoo.com
0999 279 088
http://villasofmalawi.com
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(photo/ Mr. Chiwaya, Salame)
Likoma Island is a tourist appealing destinations in Lake Malawi. However it receives very few travelers,
and it' s among Malawi' s less visited destinations.
Peopl e are apt to thi nk that an anachroni sm shi ppi ng steamer sai l i ng around once a week i s the onl y
transport to Likoma but it can not be true. You can hitchhike on local fsherman' s boat or charter one at
harbor. Or you can always book a tourist boat to make a tailored travel reasonably.
Likoma Island is a tourist appealing destinations in Lake Malawi. However it receives very few travelers,
and it' s among Malawi' s less visited destinations.
Peopl e are apt to thi nk that an anachroni sm shi ppi ng steamer sai l i ng around once a week i s the onl y
transport to Likoma but it can not be true. You can hitchhike on local fsherman' s boat or charter one at
harbor. Or you can always book a tourist boat to make a tailored travel reasonably.
Accommodation Upmarket Mid-range Budget

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WHY IS SHE SO ATTRACTIVE?
The MV Ilala, a 620-ton vessel, built in 1949 and named after the legendary David
Livingstones initial burial place in Zambia (Nyasaland at the time), is a cargo providing
an essential lifeline service to local communities along the Lake. (Note that it is the only
afordable way to Likoma Island but it is not a luxury service.)
It is famous for slow journey, which provides absolutely unforgettable cultural
experience. Relax and enjoy watching the magnifcent scenery at the edge of the lake go
by at a gentle 10 knots.
Fly to LKM Fly to LKM
ILALA FERRY
sales@nyassa.mw
http://www.nyassa.mw
01 761 443
(after hours) 0999 788 777 / 0884 169 488
Shuttle Service Flight Schedule
The leisurely cruise on Ilala ferry is renowned as one of those classic African
journey. The Ilala ferry makes a zigzag round of the lake every week and stops at
Likoma Island twice a week.
Day Port Arrive Depart Day Port Arrive Depart
Chipoka 13:00 16:00 Ncharo 05:00 06:00
Nkhotakota 00:00 02:00 Sat Ruarwe 06:45 08:00
Metangula (Moz) 06:00 08:00 Usisya 08:45 10:30
Cobue (Moz) 12:00 13:00 Nkhata Bay 12:45 20:00
Likoma Island 13:30 18:00 Tue Chizumulu 23:00 02:00
Chizumulu 19:30 22:00 Likoma Island 03:15 06:15
Usisya 07:30 09:30 Metangula (Moz) 12:00 14:00
Ruarwe 10:15 11:15 Nkhotakota 17:30 19:30
Ncharo 12:00 13:00 Wed Chipoka 03:30 07:30
Chilumba 17:00 - Monkey Bay 10:30 -
Monkey Bay 10:00 Fri Mon Chilumba 01:00 -
Nkhata Bay 01:00 05:00 Sun Cobue (Moz) 07:00 08:00
Southbound
*NOTE Schedule will be revised on Sept 22nd, 2012 (Depart Sat. Ilala will commence her voyages on Saturdays
instead of Friday. The departure times, stay in ports and passage time will rimain the same.)
Northbound
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FARES
TIME TABLE
*approximations
Route
Economy Second First Cabin OwnersCabin
Monkey Bay Likoma MK1,890 MK2,710 MK9,610 MK17,690 MK24,630
Monkey Bay

Nkhata Bay MK2,010 MK2,880 MK11,510 MK19,800 MK27,600


Nkhata Bay Nkhotakota MK1,190 MK1,730 MK6,820 MK14,900 MK20,770
Monkey Bay Chilumba MK2,710 MK3,860 MK16,110 MK28,240 MK39,450
Class
*Classes Economy =bottomfloor Second =middle First =top deck (with bar &restaurant) Cabin / Owners Cabin
*for Cabin reservation required
Booking Malawi Lake services (in Monkey Bay) (+265) (1) 587 359/361/221/203 ilala@malawi.net.
(Or ask your tour operator for booking)
Lake Malawi's legendary famous 'Steamer' the MV Ilala
[ Days : Tue / Thu / Fri / Sun ]
[ Daily except saturday]
Likoma
Likoma
Lilongwe
Lilongwe
(dep:10:15) (arr:11:15)
(dep:13:30) (arr:14:30)
*sample fare : $320 for a single tri p (Min 2 passengers)
*sample fare : $275/550 for a single/return trip
(Min 2 passengers)
Likoma
Likoma
Lilongwe
Lilongwe
(dep:10:00) (arr:10:50)
(dep:14:15) (arr:15:10)
*Daily flight service between South Luangwa & Likoma
*Flight on every other day between Lilongwe & Blantyre
(Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
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Nyassa Air Taxi
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01 794 638 / (after hours) 0992 961 201
Ulendo Airlink
Nyassa Ai r Taxi
Ul endo Ai r l i nk
Fly-In Travels & Safaris
45 min.
Inquiry & Booking
MV Chauncy Maples
Lake Mal awi ' s Fl oati ng Cl i ni c
MV Chauncy Maples is a motor ship and
former steamship that was launched on
6 June 1901 and named after Bishop
Chauncy Maples, an Anglican mission-
ary, later Bishop of Nyasaland. In 1967
the Malawian government bought her
and replaced her steam engine with a
diesel engine. Removed steam engine is
preserved in the Lake Malawi Museum at
Mangochi,
After more than one hundred years' service
she had been restored for use as a foating
medical clinic. An onboard medical team
will provide support and treatment to one
of the world's poorest nations. Recommis-
sioning the Chauncy Maples would ofer the prospect of free
treatment for common diseases, simple surgical operations
and dentistry.
Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust
http://www.chauncymaples.org
The Old Music Hall 106-108 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1JE
The Chauncy Maples Project
Malawi Facts
Make the change...
by Michael Jackson (1958 2009)
Malawi is a real jewel for those who do
visit. It is known as 'the warm heart of
Africa' largely due to the exceptionally
friendly and peaceful nature of its
people and the fact that so many who
visit the country fall instantly in love
with it.
However, Malawi has not been a
premier African tourist destination.
According to WHOs estimation there is
just one doctor for every 40,000 people
in Malawi. (1 per 3,000 in Nigeria, 1 per
400 in the UK.)
This fact is indeed mirrors of
Malawi's current situation.
What can we make of it...?
Tens of thousands of Malawians die of
Aids every year. A great number of
people fall victim to the epidemic of
life-threatening disorder as typifed by
malaria and typhoid. Those losses are
supposed to be preventable.
Over one third of Malawi's population
does not have access to safe water.
Electrifcation rate is 7%. Average life
expectancy at birth is 51.7 years. Why
sould these happen?!
Although all health workers have some
degree of English profciency, domes-
tic medical care industry has little
effect. There is a severe shortage of
medicine, essential medical
equipment, and doctors. It is
understandable that young Malawian
cherish hopes to go to the bountiful,
promised land outside.
Flaw in basic infrastructure, fuel and
foreign currency shortages, popula-
tion growth, reduction of life
expectancy. Many statuses continue
to hamper life-saving communication
and in the result standard medications
are not consistently available even in
urban areas. Rural areas are much
more so.
There may not be any answer, but it is
for sure that tourism is a bridge to a
hope for a change amid Malawi's harsh
reality.
There are more Malawian doctors
in Manchester
than in the whole of Malawi
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Pioneer Missionary Chauncy Maples (Left)
and Rev. W.P. Johnson In1895

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The Malawi Internatonal Trade Fair (MITF) is an annual trade promoton event organized by the Malawi
Confederaton of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI). The MITF brings together exhibitors from
Africa, Asia and Europe. The fair gives the exhibitors an opportunity to market their products and services.
Atractons and cultural shows are programmed every day at the main stage, there lines food stalls inside.
Chilimika Festival
Dates: New Years day (5 days of duraton)
Venue: Nkhatabay / Tukombo, Mpamba, Mzenga Kande
Dance festval motf of huntng, originally the dancers used to carry knives, axes, arrows etc. showing what
type of tools they will use in the year to come. Chilimika dance is performed, also performed at other celebra-
tons, weddings, Christmas etc.
*Chilimika Dance - A secular dance from unique to the Nkhata Bay District, performed mostly by young Tonga
women and girls. It once appeared politcal events and established as dance actvity.
12/31st - 1/1st : Chilimike (New Year) Celebratons - a public holiday on the rst day of the New Year.
As in most African countries, the last night of the old year is celebrated with partes and the like
15th : John Childembwe Commemoraton (John Chilembwe is liberaton leader) in the Chiradzulu district
Mar 3rd : Martyrs' Day - Commemoratng the historic uprising against Britsh colonial rule
April : Easter - Christan congregatons celebrate Easter with processions and church services. Good Friday and
Easter Monday are both public holidays
Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF)
Dates: 25th May 3rd June 2012 (annual, last week of May)
Venue: Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds, Blantyre,
Theme: Acceleratng Trade through Innovaton
info: htp://www.mccci.org/
1st :Labour Day
14th : Kamuzu Day - a day of celebratons held on each year in honor of the country's very rst president, Dr.
Kamuzu Band
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=Public Holiday
John Childembwe
Kamuzu Banda
(Photo/ EVIA Digital Archive Project, Lisa Gilman)
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Event Calendar

Started in 1984. About 30 - 50 boats contest, the start and the nish will be in Mangochi and Chintechi
(traditonally), But this years marathon will have no rest day. The nal route is not known as yet, and
some changes will be made to sail to either Likoma Island or a resort on the Mozambican coast.
Originally it was a limited race to porters who guide tourists up the mountains, today, it atracts more than
300 localand internatonal runners from all over the world. The 25km race follows a challenging route
through a protected Forest Reserve, startng and nishing at the Likhubula Forestry Oce in Mulanje.
Runners head into the mountains via a tortuously rocky route to the 2500m Chambe Plateau, contnues to
Lichenya Plateau eventually reaching the heady heights of Malawi's highest mountain, and then returns to
Likhubula.
Luwawa International Mountain Bike Race
Place : Viphya mountains
Date: 11 J un 2012 (annual)
14th :Freedom Day
Place: Mt Mulanje
Date: J uly (annual)
Info: Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust Website(MMCT)
Mt. Mulanje Porters Race
Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon
Place: Lake Malawi
Date: 4th to 10th August 2012 (* 4 - 5th Registration)
Info: Lake Malawi Marathon Committee
Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon
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A long-distance race along the Viphya mountains. This year will be for the eighth tme (annual). Due to the
races huge success, it has been internatonally accredited which means that this race can count for
natonal teams as a part of Olympic qualicaton.
Any prot from the race will go to The Luwawa Environmental Trust, which is helping to improve local
schools and conserve the indigenous forest in the area.
(photo/MMCT)
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Event Calendar =Public Holiday
(lef) Vimbuza (center) Mmalipenga (right) Beni
The excitng challenge involves a 370km (250 miles) cycle through the stunning forests and mountainous
terrain of Malawi. Partcipants will support LCD(Link Community Development)s aims of improving access for
primary pupils to quality educaton in Malawi.
Ingoma is a famous war dance performed among the Ngoni of Mzimba and Mchinji. Their costume includes a
headgear made of feathers, beads wrapped across the chest and ornaments made of animal skin.
* Ngoma is also a dance of Ngoni of Ntcheu, even performed at wedding ceremonies, funerals, as well as at
natonal occasions, for entertainment.
Center has established in 1976, under Fr. Bouchers guidance grown from an art co-operatve to a
vibrant cultural centre. Performers from surrounding villages. Dedicated to preserve culture of the
Chewa, Yao and Ngoni ethic groups and pass to future generatons.
Malipenga dance is performed by amongst the Yao and
Tonga tribe, dancers are in dress of imitaton of the old
military ocers uniform. Beni dance is performed on police
uniform. And Vinbuza (Rumpi, Sept) dances with bizarre
christanity also repesents Malawian character of fusion of
inuence from outside.
The Malawi Bike Ride 2012
Date: 30th June - 9th July 2012 (annual)
Place : Central through Southern Malawi
Info: www.lcdinternatonal.org/ , htp://getnvolved.org.uk/malawi-bike-ride-2011/
6th : Republic Day - a celebraton of its independence, granted on 6th July 1964
Cultural Festival at Kungoni Arts Centre
Date : August (between 1st & 2nd week) Place : Mua Mission /Dedza
Info: www.kungoni.org
Umthetho Ceremony (Ingoma)
Date : one of 2nd Sat. of June to August Place : Mzimba / Hora Mountain
Ceremonial Dances
Date : begin in August (afer the harvest) Place : Lakeside
A A
Lilongwe Dedza Monkey Bay
Mt. Mulanje Blantyre Zomba
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Event Calendar =Public Holiday
Legendary white father
Mr. Fr. Boucher
Popular Chewa dances such as likhuba, mganda, chisamba, likwata (Chewa: among Malawi, Zambia and Mozam-
bique). Tribute to their King Kalonga Gawa Undi.
*Gule wa Mkulu is one of remarkable Chewa dance style, which declared by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and
intangible heritage of humanity
Celebraton of Tumbukas of Rumphi commemoraton to the Chikulamayembe dynasty, recountng of the
history, economic actvites and lineage of Chikulamayembe. Gonapamuhanya ceremony is the hub of all
cultural actvites among Tumbukas and it unites all clans whilst celebratng their cultural identty which in a
way preserves their cultural heritage
(photo/MIFF)
Kulamba Ceremony / Chizangala
Date : last Sat. August
Place : Mkaika / Katete Dustrict in Zambia
Malawi International Film Festival (MIFF)
Date: last week of September
Place: Lilongwe
Info: Malawi Internatonal Film Festval Website
Mulindafwa Ceremony
Date: 1st week of September
Place: Sazamuleke, Hewe Rumphi
Commemoraton to the rst chief of Tumbuka people in Hewe area, Chief Katurnbi Mulindafwa Chabinga had setled at Chigoma in Nthalire
and extended his trading contacts westwards towards Marambo in the ivory-rich Luangwa valley. Later his descendents moved some miles
south-westwards where it is now called Hewa.
Mgona pamuhanya
Date: last week of September
Place: Bolero / Rumphi
S S
Since 2009, promotng the cultural arts industry in Malawi, establish a culture of cinema going,
build local capacity in lmmaking by creatng training opportunites for local lmdom.
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Event Calendar =Public Holiday
Provincial / National / Interregional Music Crossroads (IRF)
Date: Feb 16 - 18 2012, Oct 2011 (2013 to be dened)
Place: Maputo, Mozambique
Info: htp://www.music-crossroads.net
Music Crossroads is music contest for the chance to win a prestgious European tour.
This music competton in Malawi is called Chibuku Road.
*Music Crossroads Malawi (MCM) is a youth empowerment initatve through music. MCM preceive
professional training in the various diverse aspects of music for the youth.
Lake of Stars International Music Festival
Date:mid October ( Lake of Stars will return to Malawi in 2013!)
Place:Lakeshore (Mangochi)
Info: www.lakeofstars.org/ Inquiry : festval@lakeofstars.org
Lake of Stars is a 3 day an award-winning music festval on the beaches of Lake Malawi.
It entertains audiences with live performances by Malawian and internatonal artsts.
The event promotes tourism and Cultural exchange through music.
Many people around celebrate the United Natons (UN) World Tourism Day (WTD). The day aims to foster
awareness among the internatonal community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, politcal
and economic values.
The week proceeding World Tourism Day was set aside to highlight the contributon of Tourism to 4th
Natonal economy. Celebrated under a theme selected by UNWTO(United Naton World Tourism Organiza-
ton, The UNWTO World Tourism Organizaton is a specialized agency of the United Natons.)
Kwacha Malawi
Body, Mind & Soul
(2007 Malawian winner)
Rhythm of Life Records
Malawi, National Tourism Week
Date: September 21 - 27, 2012
Place: Malawi
OCTOBER OCTOBER
World Tourism Day (WTD)
Date: 27 September 2012 (27th Sept. annual)
Info: htp://unwto.org/
World Tourism Day 2012 takes place under the theme "Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development".
Event Calendar
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=Public Holiday
(Photo/AFAI)
Blantyre Arts Festval (BAF) is an annual arts festval organized by the Warehouse Cultural Centre in
Malawi, rst festval has held in 2009 and facilitated to annual festval. Its objectve is to promote
Malawian cultural and artstc talent by providing a platorm where individual artsts can showcase
their talent.
Lhomwes celebrate their cultural heritage.
The revival of the Lhomwe culture and trad t on, established by president in 2008 to organize a center
of culture in Southern part of Malawi.
An annual event held in each of the SADC countries, including Malawi. The SADC Aids Fiesta is the
region's response to the Aids epidemic. Music, theatre, dance, poetry and lms are among the
entertainment on oer.
Eid al Fitr - the end of Ramadan is celebrated by the Muslim community. The day is also a public holiday
2nd Monday : Mothers Day
December 25th : Christmas Day - Christmas is celebrated by the country's many Christans.
Gifs are exchanged, special dishes prepared and visits made to family and friends.
Blantyre Arts Festival
Mulhako wa Alhomwe
SADC Aids Festival
Date: 25th October
Place: Chonde in Luchenza
Date: 1st weekend of October
Place: Blantyre
Info: htp://www.thewarehouse-malawi.net/
O
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Event Calendar =Public Holiday
Gule Wamkulu
Gule Wamkulu
No one knows for sure who they are.
No one knows for sure where they come from or where they go.
When they dance they kick up the dust in order to help disguise
themselves.
One thing is sure. They are surrounded by mystery and intrigue.
The Gule Wamkulu dance is symbolic as a medium between the
ancestral world of spirits and the mundane present, and
symbolizes the spectrum of lifes emotions and actions.
Gule Wamkulu is both a secret cult and ritual dance practiced
among the Chewa people. The performance of the Gule Wam-
kulu at the end of the initiation procedure to celebrate the
young mens integration into adult society. The initiation is held
in the season following the harvest, also weddings and funer-
als.
The Nyau (their secret society) dancers wear costumes and
masks made of wood and straw, representing a great variety of
characters, such as wild animals, spirits of the dead, slave trad-
ers as well as more recent figures such as Obama.
Despite the efforts of Christian missionaries to ban this practice
in communities, it managed to survive under British colonial
rule by adopting some aspects of Christianity.
No one knows for sure who they are.
No one knows for sure where they come from or where they go.
When they dance they kick up the dust in order to help disguise
themselves.
One thing is sure. They are surrounded by mystery and intrigue.
The Gule Wamkulu dance is symbolic as a medium between the
ancestral world of spirits and the mundane present, and
symbolizes the spectrum of lifes emotions and actions.
Gule Wamkulu is both a secret cult and ritual dance practiced
among the Chewa people. The performance of the Gule Wam-
kulu at the end of the initiation procedure to celebrate the
young mens integration into adult society. The initiation is held
in the season following the harvest, also weddings and funer-
als.
The Nyau (their secret society) dancers wear costumes and
masks made of wood and straw, representing a great variety of
characters, such as wild animals, spirits of the dead, slave trad-
ers as well as more recent figures such as Obama.
Despite the efforts of Christian missionaries to ban this practice
in communities, it managed to survive under British colonial
rule by adopting some aspects of Christianity.
Great dance
Great dance
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Malawi National Parks Guide
Roan Antelope
Impala
Hippos
Elephant
Leopard
African Buffalo
african monarch
Impala, nyala and bushbucks are commonly
seen on open grasslans in southern Malawi.
Nyika Plateau holds Africa's highest concen-
tration of roan antelope. Large as horse.
Hippos occur on grassy banks around sunset
for foraging and spend night on land.
Thi s bi g cats are wi despread i n Mal awi .
Notoriously shy and very rarely seen.
Reasonably common in many of Malawi's
national parks and reserves.
Big herd of buffalo occur commonly in Malawi.
Both male and female have horns. Grazers.
LIWONDE National Park
Upper Shire exploring, Malawi's No.1 safari site
LENGWE National Park
A Peaceful moment with Nyala & Butterfly
KASUNGU National Park
Slow Safari at where diet and habitat of elephant . . .
LAKE MALAWI National Park
Great sanctuary of fish and aquatic habitats
elephant, hippo, zebra, black rhino, warthog, greater
kudu, vervet monkey, baboon, impala, water buck, bush
buck, mongoose, crocodile and monitor lizard
Access to town of Liwonde is relatively easy compared to
other reserves. From Liwonde Town to main gate is 6km,
from there to campsite is 28 km. The fun way to access the
camp is by taking boat. Self-driving visiters and public bus
passenger can use Mangochi Road to get Makanga Gate.
There are luxury safari lodge, self-catering chalets and
cheap campsite inside both gates. You can also stay in
town of Liwonde.
Situated on southern end of Lake Malombe where Shire
River begins. Combination of river bank and mopane
bush creates rich environment. Shire River is home
to hippo, crocodileand waterfoul in particular, and
mopane bush support large population of elephant.
location & character getting there
accommodation fauna and flora
Nyala, kudu, duiker, impala, bushbuck, Blue monkeys,
warthogs, bushpigs, buffalo and baboons, hyena, leopard.
The turn-off on M1 is between Chikwawa and Nchalo. On
the way to the park gate you will cross extensive sugar cane
plantation, which benefit wildlife permanent water supply.
Nyala Lodge is the only campsite inside park, offers
thatched and nicely decorated chalets, self-catering
lodges and campsite.
900 sq km park, l i es to the l ower Shi re Val l ey and
bordering to the west with Mozambique. Owing to its
altitude (30-100 m above sea level) it will be much warmer.
location & character getting there
accommodation fauna and flora
Roan antelope, sable antelope, Eland, kudu, large herds
of zebra, duiker, hyena, leopard, jackal and serval cats
The gamepark entrance is situated 129 km from Mzuzu
/ 68 km from Rumphi. The best visited during the
rainy season, recommended in a 4x4 vehicle. Owing to
it's higher raltiude the air is cool and comfortable in a
daytime, chilly at night and morning.
Chelinda Camp is the only campsite, offers luxury log
cabin, self-catering chalets and cheap campsite.
Largest andf hi ghest of Mal awi ' s Nati onal Parks.
(over 3,200 sq. km/about 2000m/established in 1965.
'Nyika'=wilderness) Nyika Plateau offers spectacular scenery,
a wide variety of alpine flowers (such as 200 different species
of orchids), birds, large mammals including predators.
accommodation fauna and flora
NYIKA National Park
Place For Horse Safaris Amongst Rolling Hills
Elephants, buck, (including Sable), roan, kudu, impala
and Hartebeest as wel l as buffal o and zebra. As
predators hyena, wild dog and serval.
About 175 km north of Lilongwe. Due to woodland
and evergreen hills, avoid heavy rainy season.
Lifupa Conservation Lodge is the only lodge in the park overlooks Kasuni Dam, offers accommodation to all budgets.
The second largest NP is located west of the central
region, extending along the Zambian border. It is full of
woodland thickets and streams. Although it's famed for its
population of elephant, there are plenty of water holes that
river channels and dams make, in addition, seasonal marsh
so-called dambos to enrich its large range of biodiversity.
location & character getting there
accommodation
fauna and flora
Cichlids, fish eagles, otters, lizards, hippos, baboons, hyrax,
big mammals around Mangochi area also make occasional
stay here.
The turn-off to Cape Maclear on the main road is 10 km
west from Monkey Bay. There's no formal public transporta-
tion from thereso you may take pick-up or hitch at junction.
Cape Maclear have all range of accommodation options. All
of those offers great view or lake.
Notable is 34-square-mile (87-km
2
) National Park and World
Heritage Site, with million-year-old Lake Malawi and its
extraordinary fish population. Over 400 species of cichlids
alone. Cape Maclear is a heaven for watersports enthusiasts.
location & character getting there
accommodation
fauna and flora
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Salima
Mangochi/Zomba
Thyolo/Limbe
Bangula/Nchalo
Bangula/Nchalo
Rumpi
Nkhotakota
Chikwawa/Blantyre
Nchalo/Blantyre
Lying in the hills of the Rift Valley Escarpment, in central Malawi. The scenery is dominated by the
Chipata Mountain, and the Bua River, with it's many waterfalls. The range of mammals is as good as
anywhere in Malawi. Birdlife is prolific with giant kingfishers and palm nut vultures among the 130
recorded species.
Country's ol dest reserve . . . Country's ol dest reserve . . .
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
A short way south of Nyika, a low-lying plain and marsh area. It has substantial large mammal
populations. The reserve is home to several herds of elephant, other plains animals such as kudu,
impala warthog and buffaloes are also to be found along with pods of hippopotamus.
Vwaza Marsh Vwaza Marsh
Best viewing secret of open border with Luangwa Best viewing secret of open border with Luangwa
The second largest and most southerly lake of Malawi surrounded by flat plains and isolated hills.
It's very shallow with no known outlet. The drainage basin attract both resident and migratory
waterbirds.
Lake Chilwa Lake Chilwa
Permanent oasis of Lower Shire . . . Permanent oasis of Lower Shire . . .
Community-owned reserve, teeming with birds. The swamp-like lake covered in water lilies and
papyrus. Occurring species such as greater kudu, duiker, bushbuck, genet, civet and bush pig have fared
well since the park was protected, while the likes of giraffe, zebra, nyala, sable, impala and warthog have
been introduced and roam freely within the reserve.
Kuti Community Wildlife Park Kuti Community Wildlife Park
Ask anyone where Kuti is? Kuti means 'where' . . . Ask anyone where Kuti is? Kuti means 'where' . . .
Near Lengwe National Park. Small private reserves set in the middle of a sugar cane plantation of
lower Shire Valley. Nyala, Giraffe, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Impala, Buffalo and other
herbivores are present.
Nyala Park Nyala Park
Peace joint between sugar estate and wildlife . . . Peace joint between sugar estate and wildlife . . .
Is the flood plain and swamp of the River Shire. North part of this permanent marsh is a maze of
shallow channels, south part water is thick with water hyacinth and waterlily.
The name "Elephant Marsh" was given by David Livingstone. which used to be home to thousands
of elephant but is now more a birding destination.
Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve is located in the southern most tip of Malawi in Nsanje District. Malawi's
smallest national park (135km), and its least accessible. This remoteness adds to Mwabvi's charm.
New game roads have opened up the area and sightings of magnificent sable, kudu, impala, buffalo
and other antelope are matched by the wide variety of birdlife.
Elephant Marsh Elephant Marsh
Indescribably unusual landscape. . . Indescribably unusual landscape. . .
Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve
'Mwabvi' the spell of tree . . . 'Mwabvi' the spell of tree . . .
A well-enclosed private game sanctuary located in a colonial town of tea estate in Thyolo, including
traditional "big 5", Giraffe, sables, nyala, eland, roan, kudu, zebras, wildebeest, duikers, waterbucks,
impalas, serval cats etc.
Game Heaven Reserve Game Heaven Reserve
Recreation of Colonial Life, or planter. . . Recreation of Colonial Life, or planter. . .
The reserve is made up of mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills that contrast with
picturesque river valleys and lush riverine forest. Many species are seen, such as black rhino,
elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, suni, klipspringer, Lichtenstein's hartebeest and zebra. Two
Leopards has reintroduced in 2011.
Majete Wildlife Reserve Majete Wildlife Reserve
Malawi's Big Five Park. . .! Malawi's Big Five Park. . .!
piked kingfsher
Hibiscus schizopetalus
swamp (Lengwe) fower (Lengwe)
Hadada Ibis
african monarch
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beatle (Mulanje)
robin
ENTRANCE FEES
for National Park in Malawi for National Park in Malawi
US $10 / US $7 / MK450 US $10 / US $7 / MK450
International Visitors / Non Malawian Residence / Malawian
$5 per vehicle
* It can only be paid in Malawian Kwacha
* Nil for child under 12 years old
* daily fee
In the north are the unique Nyika Plateau and the Vwasa
Reserve. These complement each other, one a highland, the
other a lowland marsh area.
The central region has two vast game areas; Kasungu National
Park in the west and Nkhotakota Reserve in the east, near the
Lake.
The best known national park is Liwonde, along the River Shire,
but there are also three game areas further south in the Shire
Lowlands: Lengwe National Park and the wildlife reserves of
Majete and Mwabvi.
Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear is the worlds first
freshwater national park.
Malawi is blessed with no less than
9 National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.
Malawi is blessed with no less than
9 National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.
NORTH
CENTRAL
SOUTH
Elephant Marsh
MALAWI NATI ONAL PARKS MAP MALAWI NATI ONAL PARKS MAP
LAKE
MALAWI
Nyala Park
(Illovo Estate)
Game Heaven Reserve
NKHATA BAY
CHELINDA
CAPE
MACLEAR
MANGOCHI
BALAKA
LIWONDE
Mt.Thyolo
LILONGWE
MZIMBA
MZUZU
ZOMBA
BLANTYRE
MULANJE
KARONGA
CHITIPA
MCHINJI
NKHOTAKOTA
CHIZUMULU IS. MW
LIKOMA IS. (MW)
LIVINGSTONIA
CHILUMBA
KASUNGU
DWANGWA
MUA
North Viphya FR
South Viphya FR
Ntchisi FR
Chongoni FR
Dedza FR
Phirilongwe FR
Zomba
FR
Michiru Mtn.
Cons. Areas
Dzalanyama FR
CHELINDA
CAPE
MACLEAR
MANGOCHI
BALAKA
LIWONDE
Mt.Thyolo
Mt.Mulanje Mt.Mulanje
MZIMBA
MZUZU
ZOMBA
BLANTYRE
MULANJE
NSANJE
BANGULA
CHIKWAWA CHIKWAWA
MWANZA
MWANZA
KARONGA
NKHATA BAY
CHITIPA
MCHINJI
NKHOTAKOTA
CHIZUMULU IS. (MW)
LIKOMA IS. (MW)
LIVINGSTONIA
CHILUMBA
KASUNGU
DWANGWA
MUA
SALIMA SALIMA
DEDZA DEDZA
RUMPHI RUMPHI
North Viphya FR
South Viphya FR
Ntchisi FR
Chongoni FR
Dedza FR
Namizimu FR
Phirilongwe FR
Zomba
FR
Michiru Mtn.
Cons. Areas
Dzalanyama FR
MWABVI
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MAJETE
GR
NKHOTAKOTA
GR
VWAZA
MARSH
GR
Lake
Malombe
Lake
Chilwa
Lake
Chiuta
NP : National Park
GR : Game Reserve
FR : Forest Reserve
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NP
KASUNGU
NP
LENGWE
NP
NYIKA
NP
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LIMBE LIMBE
One-Point Chichewa
Kaya
Greetings
Yes / no Eee / Ayi
Sorry Pepani
See you (parting)
Tionana
Let's go Tiyeni
Don't worry Osadandaula
No problem Palibe vuto
Food is good! Chikukoma
Chikukoma?
* Likoma is an island name meaning delicious
hungry (Ndiri ndi) njala
Pang'ono
Kwambiri
a little
very much
Pang'ono pang'ono slow
Mawa Tomorrow
M'mamawa Morning
ndalama
azungu
Ndalama zingati?
I don't know.
How much?
money
as passing by
( reply Wawa )
Wawa!
Bobo!
Bo!
Sharp!
...or simply give a
commonly used greeting
( reply Bobo )
*came from bonjour
reply Sharp or
sharp sharp
white people
Is food good?
Answers
Market and Restaurant
Common Words
Zikomo!
( Thank you )
*
Prevent insect bites, antimalarial
drugs and mosquito repellent spray
are recommended
Prevent animal bites and scratches
Be careful about food and water
Avoid injuries, do not share needles
f or tattoos, body pi erci ng. Stay
cautious to reduce the risk of HIV
To prevent fungal and parasi ti c
infections, keep feet clean and dry on
beaches
Prevent bilharzia. Take medicines to
treat potential bilharzia.
Avoid sunburn
Prevent heat exhaustion
wearing hat and sunglasses
St ayi ng Heal t hy Dur i ng Tr avel
Health and Safety
Practice self-management during travel !
* These are available at pharmacy in Malawi too.
Praziquantel for bilharzia Mefoquine for Malaria
mosquito repellent
spray and stick
Rechargeable LED
Power Cut Compensation
IR Goggles IR Goggles
Torch
Kerosene Lamp
Mobile Phones Flash Light
Candle
Match
Night Vision
Glasses
Voltage Guard
Electrical current in
Malawi is not stable.
If you need to do
computer work, use
voltage guard to
protect your electrical
equipment against
If you
s e e m
nervous
s o m e
peopl e
will take
advan-
tage of
&
Power blackouts in Malawi are a common
occurrence. candlelight or kerosene lamps is
the common reality after daylight hours.
Reduce anxiety
in darkness
low voltage, brown-outs and voltage
dips. These conditions are harmful and
youll never know when and how it
happens.
you. Relax and act
calmly in the darkness.
whistle
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