Cape Maclear World Heritage Site on Lake Malawi

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July 2nd 2014
Published: June 21st 2017
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Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721

Camp Maclear is a World Heritage site located on Lake Malawi. The local name for this location is Chembe and the place we are staying is Chembe Eagle's Nest. In l980, the Lake Malawi National Park was created which was the first freshwater national park in the world. In l984, the area was designated a World Heritage site.

The soil evidently is poor for farming and fishing and tourism seem to be the main industry in the village. Our view is quite nice. We have a rock outcropping in front of us and we can watch the fishing boats going back and forth from the village. The fishermen use both the dugout and the motorboat. Chembe Eagle's Nest also does the billing process where you pay at the end of your stay. Since we are right against the fence, the children of the village climb up on the rocks on the other side of the fence and holler, "hello, hello" hoping to get your attention.

We decided to go have the Full English breakfast because we had not
gotten much in the way of supplies. Esau our waiter was one of my
favorite during our stay. Had a nice sense of humor and was always
smiling and happy to assist. Breakfast included "real" filter coffee.
What a nice treat.

Dinner is a set menu, usually fish and either chicken, steak or once pork. They also have veggies, and salad. We tried to let them know we were not interested in chips(fries) and to give us veggies instead. Did pretty good most of the time. They also had a starter which often was just another veggie but we did have their version of nachos, and one time a delicious salad with fish bites.

At dinner we met a couple that live in Blantyre and he work for the UN in Industrial Development. They were quite nice and we did some visiting with them. We also met another couple that live in Harare. His family lost their farm and she attended the University of Texas. He works security for large ships and has also worked in Afghanistan protecting lawyers. She is a social worker and is going to Kurdistan on Monday.

We had a nice time visiting with them after dinner sitting in the bar area which looks out over the water. The moon is moving into full phase and so you can see the nice reflection on the water.

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