There are locations on Lake Malawi and the Shire River that could be combined with visits to Dedza.
Salima is the meeting point of the M14 from Lilongwe and the M5 going to Mua. The town has useful facilities such as bank, petrol station and shops.
Senga Bay is a further 15km on to the east on the S122. It offers visitors the opportunity of a lakeside lunch break or a longer stay. There are numerous hotels, lodges, campsites and cafes along a 5km stretch of sandy shore from Senga Bay down to Kambiri Point. They are reached by dirt side roads from the main tarmac road to the Livingstonia Beach Hotel.
Points of interest in the area include Lizard Island, a small rocky island with monitor lizards and white breasted cormorants, the Mpatsanjoka River with its birdlife and hippos, Stuart Grant's tropical fish farm at Kambiri Point. Some of the hotels also offer boats and water sports equipment. The private Kuti Game Ranch is off the M14 road between Salima and Lilongwe.
For those who do not want to detour to Senga Bay, an alternative stop for a drink or lunch is the Chipoka Lake View Lodge, off the M5 about 30 km south of Salima.
- Livingstonia Beach Hotel - large, high standard, 01 263 222
- Safari Beach Lodge - upmarket, in forest reserve, 01 263 143
- Carolina's - chalets, free watersports, 01 263 220
- Shangalalani - chalets, no restaurant, 01 263 350
- Cool Runnings - small, good food, boats, 01 263 398, 09 915 173
- Wheelhouse - cottages and camping, 01 263 485
- Red Zebra Lodge - at fish farm, 01 263 165, 09 233 428
- Crystal Waters - smart hotel, swimming pool, 01 263 033
- Kambiri Lodge - large hotel, 01 263 052
Cape Maclear is reached via the S128 to Monkey Bay from the M10 between the Mua or Golomoti turnoffs from the M5 and Mangochi. The main tourist centre of Chembe village is at the end of a further 19km dirt road off the S128.
Monkey Bay is a town at the end of the S128 tarmac road. It is the terminus for buses and a port for the Lake Malawi weekly ferry. There are few facilities in the town, not even a bank.
The main interest at Cape Maclear is the Lake. Most of the peninsular and surrounding water and islands form the Lake Malawi National Park, the most important fish sanctuary in Africa protecting a unique diversity of species, including the colourful cichlids.
There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets and plenty of restaurants and bars.
Snorkelling and water sports equipment is generally available. There are two scuba diving centres and a yacht chartering company.
- Danforth Yachting - luxury lodge, watersports, 09 9690 077
- Cape Mac Lodge - new lodge, good restaurant, 09 966 520
- Kayak Africa - on islands, tented rooms, 09 942 661
- Gecko Lodge - colourful, 09 833 856
- Fat Monkeys - rooms with shared facilities, 09 948 501
- Chembe Eagles Nest Lodge - ensuite chalets, 09 216 328
Mangochi Lakeside Hotels
There are a number of lakeside hotels and lodges along the final southern stretch of Lake Malawi. They are signposted off the M10 to the north of Mangochi town and provide a break for anyone travelling between Dedza and Liwonde National Park or a longer relaxing stay.
Mangochi is 10km south of the end of the Lake, on the Shire River. It is a large town with useful facilities, including banks, shops and filling stations.
Some of the hotels are large, upmarket locations with attractive grounds and swimming pool. Most offer water and beach sports facilities.
- Nkudzi Lodge - comfortable rooms, 08 515 198, 09 386 669
- Norman Lodge - luxury showers, 01 587 316, 09 207 506
- Club Makokola - luxury standard, 01 594 244
- Sun n' Sand Holiday Resort - large, high standard, 01 594 545
- Nanchengwa Lodge - relaxed, good food, 09 274 696, 09 486 243
- Nkopola Lodge - upmarket, good location, 01 598 444
- Palm Beach Resort - self-contained chalets, 01 584 564
Liwonde National Park
The Park is at the southern end of Lake Malawi and borders on the Shire River. It includes river swamps, deciduous woodland and open grassland. Such diversity within a small area means that Liwonde offers easily obtainable sightings of elephant, hippo, crocodile, various antelope, and other animals. It has some of the best bird watching in Southern Africa.
Mvuu Camp, on the banks of the river, has well appointed en-suite family (two bedroom) and twin (one bedroom) chalets. There is a bar and restaurant with buffet style meals. The camp also has a swimming pool. There is also the exclusive Mvuu Lodge with five double tents and its own swimming pool.
A day's stay includes a game drive and a boat trip on the river. Additional options are a dawn walk and drive into the reserve where black rhino, buffalo and zebra and being re-introduced.
Accommodation is also available at the Chongoni Hills Lodge and Campsite near the southern entrance to the Park.
Mvuu Camp and Lodge
Chongoni Hills Lodge and Campsite
Telephone: 08 838 159