GETTING THERE FROM WITHIN MALAWI
Pre-booked road transfers:
Pre-arrange a road transfer from the airport (or any other pick-up point) in Malawi’s main centres of Lilongwe and Blantyre; from any nearby lodge or National Park; or from the nearest airfield at Club Makokola.
Cape Maclear is an enclave within the Lake Malawi National Park, and is 25km from Monkey Bay (the nearest town). Excellent new tarred roads lead to Monkey Bay, and a scenic winding newly-tarred road takes you the final 18km to the National Park and beach. All turn-offs are well sign-posted, and 4×4 vehicles are not required. Secure parking is available at all Cape Maclear lodges.
Catch a private air charter from Lilongwe/Blantyre to the lakeshore airstrip at Club Makokola, followed by a road transfer for the remaining 50km to Cape Maclear. The flying time from Lilongwe/Blantyre to Club Makokola is 40 minutes, and the driving time from there to Cape Maclear is one hour.
A great way for some cultural exposure, and cheap but slow and steady. There is an extensive bus and minibus taxi network in Malawi, with many vehicles moving each day between all towns. Allow a full day to get from Lilongwe or Blantyre to Cape Maclear, with the route almost always going via Monkey Bay.
By boat or yacht:
It is possible to travel to Cape Maclear by boat or yacht charter from, for example Senga Bay or Likoma Island, but it is very weather dependent.