Cape Maclear is said to be Malawi’s best beach destination. It has the honey-coloured sand, turquois water and beachside bars, but I did not appeal to me.
Why? The local fishermen village is seperated from the beach by a line of guesthouses run by foreigners. Feels like us and them. The beach is still much of a local fair. At the tideline you find women washing clothes, men in soaps, while fisherfolk spread out vermilion nets. The tourist are watching from their sun beds. It felt to me like tourists are intruding, and probably will take over in the future. Don’t expect an Algarve of Koh Samui just yet.
Malawi lies in sub-Saharan Africa, nestled between Zambia and Mozambique. It's one of the poorest countries in the world. But! It is safe. And with safari parks, mountain treks, tea estates and a lake of fresh water which covers one-third of the country, Malawi has plenty to offer when you want to venture off the beaten track.