There are parts of Lake Malawi that could easily give the other popular lakefront destinations a run for their money. Though the glitzy Lake Como (in Italy) gets to bask in all the limelight, thanks to a long list of celebrities who have endorsed it so much – there are quite a few junior artistes out there who could easily outshine this much sought after heroine! Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and Lake Toba in Indonesia are some stellar examples. Nonetheless, this is a very exclusive private club with very few members and you can get to see why Lake Malawi belongs to this elite list when you spend some time in Cape Maclear.
Cape Maclear is a cute little mushroom of landmass that protrudes out into Lake Malawi with mesmerizing views of the alluring Thumbi and Domwe islands that float offshore in the glassy blue bay. Though I didn’t know until I arrived here, that this town is one of Southern Africa’s legendary back-packer hangouts, I grasped that reputation very quickly thanks to all the signs that were characteristics of a place where plans are forgotten and traded for days filled with nothing but sunbathing, snorkeling and catching up on that book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time now!