Cape Maclear is located at the southern-most end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Cape Maclear is an area of exceptional natural beauty and natural history with clear sparkling waters, rugged hills, vast sandy beaches and an amazing community. Lake Malawi National Park is the smallest of Malawi’s National Parks but perhaps the most ecologically important. 

Cape Maclear or Chembe village  as it is sometimes known is a traditional fishing village on the shores of Lake Malawi and it has become Malawi's must go tourism destination in the last few years. Once you are here you will see why, it is the perfect combination of tourism and village life.Type your paragraph here.


People have moved in and out of Cape Maclear since the late Stone Age and it became populated during the time of the Livingstonia Mission between 1875 and 1881. Cape Maclear was first seen by David Livingstone on the Zambezi Expedition between 1858 and 1864 when he was heading north. . This is when they named it Cape Maclear after Sir Thomas Maclear, the Astronomer royal at the cape of good hope. David Livingstone himself never actually made it to Cape Maclear. ​


Tourism in Cape Maclear started in the 1940's with the Cape Maclear Hotel and has grown slowly over the last 80 years to where we are today, with 32 different accommodation options for you to choose from. 

Tourism in Cape Maclear has managed to grow and work with the village to create a unique environment where tourists and locals can come together. Cape Maclear offers you a variety of accommodation types, from lodges, home stays, hostels and camping. Step out into the village where you can go for dinner with  a local family or eat and drink in local bars and restaurants.

Lake Malawi National Park 

Established in 1980, the park was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1984 in recognition of the outstanding universal values that it possesses. The park and the larger Cape Maclear area form a key tourism destination. The conservation and management of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) contributes greatly for the site made the site to be a sustainable tourism destination. The key OUV include Mbuna fish species and outstanding scenic beautiful beaches, coupled with crystal clear water.

The area is of exceptional natural beauty with diversity of fish species, over 500 cichlids species which are endemic to Lake Malawi. The area has a rich historical back ground which includes the coming of early Scottish missionaries in honour of a great explorer by the name of Dr. David Livingstone. Accessibility to the area is throughout the year by use of road network from the major cities and other districts. This World Heritage destination is a combination of natural ecosystem and enclave village with high human population. The community within area of destination relies on fishing for their livelihood. However, tourism also plays a significant role in the community as can be seen by the increasing number of lodges and accommodation within the village. There are number of stakeholders involved in tourism operations. In total Cape Maclear has 1038 reviews on TripAdvisor (December 2016).

Lake Malawi National Park is made up of predominantly Brachystegia woodland with some Combretum/Acacia woodland. Baobab trees define most of the terrestrial areas along the lakeshore. Candelabra tree, Euphorbia, is found all along the lake in hot dry areas.

Large mammals
Most commonly seen mammals in Lake Malawi National Park include hippo, yellow baboon, Vervet monkeys, rock hyrax and rock pig. Other mammals less commonly seen include spotted-necked otter, slender mongoose, bush pig, civet, genet and porcupine.

Lake Malawi National Park has a large number of gecko, blue-tailed skink, monitor lizard, grass snake, and chameleon. Less commonly seen are the Nile crocodiles. The crocodile tends to stay in the shallow reed-covered river shores, but it is found within the boundaries of the Lake Malawi National Park, but not near Cape Maclear.

Lake Malawi National Park is home to at least 200 different species of birds. Many water birds live in the area. Among them, the most well-known include the fish eagle. Hamerkop, and large colonies of cormorant. The shore and woodland birds include brown knight, multiple buzzard, four species of kingfisher, trumpeter hornbill, egret, sun bird, stork, heron, wagtail, multiple species of weavers, bee-eater, and paradise fly-catcher, as well as many common sparrows, waxbills, seed-eaters, and robins – to name a few.