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South Lake

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South Lake
is a region of Malawi stretches from the small lakeside resort of Senga Bay in the north to the town of Mangochi on the Shire River to the south.

Most of the accommodation in the area sits within the Lake Malawi National Park, the only conservation area in the country specifically created to protect aquatic habitats.

The primary reason to visit this area is to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the lake and to partake in a wide range of water-based activities including sailing, snorkelling, diving, water-skiing, wind-surfing and fishing.

South Lake is an area we tend to recommend relatively frequently, since it contains the majority of the best lakeside accommodation in the country, notably around Cape Maclear and its various offshore islands. The area can be easily accessed by road from the city of Lilongwe in around 2 hours. The vast majority of visitors tend to stay in one camp for 3 to 6 nights.

Pumulani Lodge ... is the most upmarket option in the area, a really high class beach lodge which is owned by one of Zambia's leading safari operators.

Danforth Lodge ... is another nice option in the same area, but considerably lower priced.

Mumbo Island Lodge ... is a simple but very cool small beach lodge set on a small island around 10km offshore from Cape Maclear, a big favourite amongst our more outdoorsy guests.

The area is most commonly combined by air and road with safari in South Luangwa over in Zambia. It can also be combined by road with other areas of Malawi including Central Malawi, Liwonde, Mount Mulanje and Majete and Lengwe.
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