Cape Maclear



A small village on a long, sandy beach near the southern end of Lake Malawi, Cape Maclear is a jumping-off point for hiking in the surrounding hills, visiting Lake Malawi National Park or taking boat trips to nearby islands. From the islands, you can snorkel and scuba dive among colorful fish, and spot the many fish eagles gliding over the water. It is important to note that there is a danger of bilharzia—a parasite that can cause fatal liver damage—in this region of the lake, particularly in shallow or stagnant water. Although accommodations on the cape are basic and the access road from Monkey Bay is rough, Cape Maclear is a beautiful, restful place. 75 mi/120 km east of Lilongwe.

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