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Cape Maclear is a remote headland that juts out into crystal clear waters on the Southern Lakeshore.

World Heritage Site

The cape, offshore islands and surrounding lake waters were declared a national park in 1980, later to become a World Heritage Site. This remote area is reached by a rough, winding road which can become impassable in the rainy season.

Danforth Yachting, Cape MaclearVisitors to Cape Maclear can stay in Chembe — originally a small fishing village — or one of the tiny offshore islands.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear

    Accommodation choices for the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi National Park

      Mumbo Island


      Mumbo Island is a beautiful and secluded camp located on a private island offshore from Cape Maclear. The camp is accessed by kayak from the Kayak Africa base at Cape Maclear and you are guided across the Lake by an experienced guide.

    • Pumulani, Cape Maclear

      Pumulani Lodge

      First Class

      Pumulani is an ideal location for those who want some more conventionally luxurious surroundings after a safari, or for an introduction to Africa without too much culture shock. The views are magnificent and it is the perfect place for a few days of relaxation and exploring the lake.