The Ilala Ferry of Lake Malawi

By: Matt

The Ilala Ferry of Lake Malawi.

There is something romantic about the idea of taking a ship across a lake in Africa, and the Ilala gives you just such an opportunity. The Ilala ferry has been traversing Lake Malawi for some 60 years and travels the 365-mile lake from north to south and back again once a week. We boarded the Ilala in Monkey Bay, its southernmost port, to take us north to Nkhata Bay. Only three of the twelve ports on the route had a working pier, and the others were serviced by teams of shore boats, so exploring each port was not an option. With a 42-hour journey facing us at a running speed of 8.4 knots, there was nothing but time to explore the ship and look out over the lake.

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Mayoka Village, Nhkata Bay, Malawi

By: Heather

Mayoka Village, Nhkata Bay, Malawi

Mayoka Village was more than what we expected. Located on an outer corner of Nhkata Bay on Malawi Lake, the premises were lovely. The resort was started by a cooperative of 21 people in 1999. Kathryn and Gary are part of the original 21 and are the owners on hand almost daily to assist guests with any questions or requests needed.

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