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landofsmilesThis town lies on the shire river and has a busy market, shops, happy atmosphere. The Lake Malawi Museum is also in the town of Mangochi. Mangochi was once an important anti-slaving centre and later a colonial administrative town. A colonial monument to Queen Victoria stands near the bridge overlooking the river is a memento of Lake Malawi’s rich history, a gun used in Britain’s first naval victory of World War 1

Where to stay

Danforth Yachting and Lodge

Danforth Yachting is an up-market Charter and Luxury Lodge, operating out of Cape Maclear. Dan forth’s dive and sailing centre has all the necessary scuba diving equipment, several sailing dinghies and a resident dive instructor.

Pumulani Lodge
Pumulani Lodge! The Brightest Star on the Southern Lakeshore District of Mangochi is an exclusive beach lodge on the protected shores of Lake Malawi. Opened in July 2008, it is the only luxury accommodation set within Lake Malawi National Park.
The lodge has ten individually-designed villas spread out along a lush hillside overlooking the lake. Each villa boasts a large bedroom, a spacious living area and a private deck with lake view.

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Club Makokola (club Mak)

This is all a very luxurious setting, framing gorgeous views of the beach and lake. An immense swimming pool is partly under the shady canopy of the roof and partly in the brilliant sunshine of the Malawi sky.
A full range of holiday activities is offered; scuba diving, water skiing, tennis squash, golf, sailing.

Sunbird Nkopola Lodge

An excellent camping area. It is clean, quite and very spacious and has the right combination of shade trees and sunshine and lots of green lawn for pitching tents.

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