Points of Interest

Cape Maclear offers a beautiful shore line, with golden sands and tranquil waters, inviting to all. Cape Maclear or Chembe as its locally known is a town situated in the Mangochi District of Southern Malawi. Declared a national park in 1980, creating the Lake Malawi National Park, the first freshwater national park in the world.

The Cape is a leading tourist destination and is the busiest resort on Lake Malawi. The area is popular with families, backpackers, as well as, city dwellers looking for an escape for the weekend. There are a host of activities to keep you entertained at Cape Maclear including snorkelling, hiking, fishing, boat cruises, diving and kayaking. Or, you can pull up a sun lounger, kick back and bask in the glorious sunshine. There is something for everyone.

Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi is one of the deepest lakes in the world. The property is an area of exceptional natural beauty with the rugged landscapes around it contrasting with the remarkably clear waters of the lake. The lake is home to hundreds of Cichlid ‘mbuna’ fish, nearly all of which are endemic to Lake Malawi. The national park isn’t constrained to the water, the park includes a land area around the cape and bay. Here you can find baboons, antelope and hyrax. Birdlife includes fish eagles, cormorants and hamerkops.

Most activities are done in or around the lake, here you can partake in a number of activities, such as:

  •  Fishing: Lake Malawi has vast numbers of species that are sportingly catchable including, Kampango, uncommon tsuhwa, mcheni, chambo and mlamba, a species list can be provided by guides.
  • Boat cruise: Discover the beauty of Lake Malawi National Park in a truly rewarding experience, with its breath-taking scenery, colourful fish and tranquil waters a boat cruise is a magical experience. Take it during sunset, and enjoy some sundowners.
  • Canoeing: Get a taste for local life and hire a dugout canoe.

Activities aren’t exclusive to the lake, there are many great hikes around Cape Maclear. This presents the opportunity to see the Cape from above, a truly beautiful sight. Guided mountain biking is also a popular past-time, see Cape Maclear face to face with this healthy option, it’s a tour, not a race so you can cruise at your own pace.

To get a further feel for local life take in a village walk and homestead visit; cook and dance with the local families. 

Zomba was the first capital of Malawi and remained so until 1974, when Lilongwe became the capital. Although the capital changed, parliament stayed in Zomba until 1994. As well as being the first capital of Malawi, Zomba was also the capital of first British Central Africa and Nyasaland. The presence of the British can be found throughout the city, most notably in British colonial architecture of older buildings and homes.

Today, the main attraction to Zomba is the Zomba Plateau. Zomba offers many other activities to keep you busy, such as; rock climbing, horse riding, bird watching, mountain biking and fishing.

Zomba Plateau/Zomba Massif

The Zomba Plateau is a spectacular sight, described in colonial times as “the best in the British Empire”. As well as providing breath-taking scenery, the Plateau is home to an abundance of wildlife including leopards (rarely seen), giant butterflies, baboons, the long-crested eagle and the augur buzzard. The Zomba Massif is a mountain situated in the shire highlands. The peak of the mountain is 2,087 metres high. In total it occupies an area of approximately 130 square km. On clear days, Blantyre and Mt. Mulanje can be seen from the western edge of the Plateau.

National Herbarium & Botanic Gardens of Malawi

The National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi (NHBG) is a parastatal botanical institution. The National Herbarium houses over 90,000 plant specimens (including mushrooms, ferns, mosses, algae, lichens). Approximately 80% of the plants in cultivation in the garden are indigenous species. The collection includes species of economic importance.

University of Malawi

The University of Malawi is an education institution established in 1964. The university is composed of five colleges, located in Blantyre, Lilongwe and of course Zomba. Zomba is home to the largest college, Chancellor College. It is also known as ‘Chanco’.

Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city, is the largest city in the country with an estimated population of 1,077,116. It is named after the Lilongwe River.

Lilongwe is a fairly young capital city having only gained capital status in 1975, a role previously filled by Zomba. It owes its status to Dr Hastings Banda, the country’s first president. Lilongwe is divided into a New and Old City. The Old Town is distinct and separate from the New. The modern shops of the City are contrasted by the street and walled markets of Old Town.

Residential areas are numbered from 1 to 50, instead of having names (This takes some getting used to). Lower numbers are located around the Old Town, higher numbers are usually found near the City Center.

Lilongwe’s economy is dominated by the government and public institutions. Finance, banking, retail trade, construction, transport, public administration, tourism, and tobacco manufacturing are the main economic activities in the city.

Tobacco Auction Floors

Tobacco plays an integral part of life in Malawi and a visit to the tobacco auction floors is a great way to see this industry at work. The Auction Holdings warehouse is located approximately 7km north of the city centre, east of the main road towards Kasungu and Mzuzu. The auction season is April/May to September.

Main Market

Lilongwe Main Market is located near the bus station in Old Town. The market is a vibrant pocket of chaotic energy, were food vendors, traders and market stalls cram into a small area. It is a great place to pick up fresh produce, locally handcrafted souvenirs and even counterfeit CD’s.

Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre

Set inside the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary is the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, a new and exciting ‘people and wildlife’ wild animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. The Wildlife Centre also serves as an education centre aiming to teach visitors about the rich diversity of Malawi’s animals.

Kamuzu Mausoleum

The mausoleum was opened in 2006, it is the final resting place of Malawi’s first president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda. The marble and granite mausoleum is situated in Heroes Acre. The mausoleum also houses a library and research centre.

Lilongwe Golf Club

If you are golfer travelling Malawi, you’d be wise to visit Lilongwe Golf Club – it is the countries only 18-hole course and home to the TNM Malawi Open. If you fancy a round during your travels this is your best bet. The par 72 course dates back to 1930, it is 6,225 metres. 

Founded by Scottish missionaries in 1876, and named after the town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland where explore David Livingstone was born. Blantyre is Malawi's centre of finance and commerce, the second largest city with an estimated 1,068,681 inhabitants for 2015. It is sometimes referred to as the commercial capital of Malawi as opposed to the political capital, Lilongwe. Blantyre supports a small expatriate population of about 25,000 mainly from the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and South Africa.

To some, it's more appealing and cohesive than Lilongwe thanks to its compact size and hilly topography, and though there's not much to do here, it makes for a good springboard for exploring remote areas such as Mulanje and the Lower Shire Valley.

Much of the city's recent development has been between the traditional centres of Blantyre and Limbe. New shopping precincts have been built, with one even boasting a cinema. Blantyre also has a number of historical buildings of interest, most notably St Michael and All Angels church.

Mandala House

Mandala House is the oldest building standing in Malawi and was built back in 1882 as a home for the managers of the Mandala Trading Company. It was Malawi's first two-storey building and is believed now to be the country's oldest house. Mandala House is host to the 'The Society of Malawi' which protects and nourishes a true treasure trove of the country's history.

Malawi’s National Museum

The museum is midway between Blantyre and Limbe, a 500m walk from the Chichiri Shopping Mall. The museum boasts some fantastic pieces including a royal ceremonial stool dating back to the 16th century, and a fascinating display on Gule Wamkulu – an important traditional dance for the Chewa.

Carlsberg Brewery

A visit to Blantyre would not be complete without a visit to the home of the adopted tipple of Malawi, the Carlsberg Brewery. The Carlsberg Brewery was established in 1966. Carlsberg Malawi Brewery was the first to be build outside of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1968. Free tours are laid on every Wednesday at 2.30pm in which you will be told all about the brewing process after which you will be rewarded with a free tasting session and get to sample Malawi’s favourite beer the ‘green’.

Kamuzu Stadium

If you are a football fan you should visit the Kamuzu Stadium, formerly Chichiri Stadium. The stadium holds 32,000 people and is currently home to Big Bullets. The stadium isn’t exclusive to football, it is a multi-purpose stadium and hosted President Peter Mutharika’s inauguration ceremony on 2 June 2014.

St Michael and All Angels Church

As earlier touched on Blantyre’s CCAP Church, St Michael and All Angels Church is a magnificent building. Built in 1891 by Scottish missionaries using only handmade bricks and wood. Interestingly, it is estimated that eighty-one different forms of brick were used in the building. All bricks used were made on-site from local clay and fired in wood-fuelled kilns. Truly an awe-inspiring example of fine architecture and a must see when visiting Blantyre. 

Anne Fletcher, Born 1957, Zomba, Malawi

Annie’s Empire was first established in Area 2 of Malawi’s Capital city, Lilongwe, called Annie’s Coffee Shop (Est.1986). The small restaurant and Coffee shop added units for backpackers in the same location (Est. 1994), due to a high demand and competition for niche hospitality services. It has since Expanded Phenomenally.

The First lodge started in Lilongwe, there are two establishments, Annie’s Lodge Area 47, (Est. 1996) and Annie’s Lodge Area 10, (Est. 1997).The Head office is Annie’s Lodge Zomba (Est. 2003). In the city of Blantyre, Nyambadwe suburb, Annie’s Lodge Blantyre (Est. 2010) was opened as well as in Mount Pleasant suburb (Est. 2012). The Latest is Annie’s Lodge Cape Maclear (Est. 2014) located in the high tourist attraction area, Chembe Bay, Lake Malawi. 

It is the aim of everyone at Anne’s Lodge to be reliable, efficient, flexible, pro-active courteous and above all corporative in everything we do.  We also place great importance in building relationships with our clients, based on a thorough understanding of their requirements and objectives, adapting our skills and experience to provide them with genuinely tailored accommodation management solutions. Our clients come from varying sectors of the National and International business community- engineering, interior designers, professional sports, the arts management consultants, charitable organisations, school universities. The majority of them can be categorised as small to medium enterprises.

Our Service system can find and access our room rates and also the ability to negotiate the best rate guarantee. We have our own recognised car rentals as well as the sub car rentals which can be sourced at competitive vehicle rental rates. If you would like to find out how we can save you time, money and effort, or discuss any aspect of your company’s accommodation management from on- line bookings to our dedicated account management, please contact us

Anne Fletcher is a mother of three children. Two of these three children work with Anne as Managing Directors of Annie’s Lodge while the first born is a medical Doctor. Anne Fletcher and her team work together to achieve a warm and welcoming environment with decent services for all Budgets. Annie’s Lodge is a bona fide member of Malawi Tourism Council. Anne is a Chairperson of Women In Tourism, Director of Akafula Association supporting human rights for the Malawian pygmy population and Woman’s support network.  Anne was born and Raised in rural Zomba in a family of twelve siblings. She has excelled in her career from working in many industries, to becoming an entrepreneur, a member of parliament to also supporting many charities, institutions and people in the rural areas. 

Annie’s Lodge continues to improve and expand, as well as, providing employment opportunities and training to over 500 people. In 2015,Anne started a fresh produce scheme to grow and supply her lodges with fresh produce such as maize, eggs, pigeon peas, cabbage, and tomatoes. Anne also encourages the local communities around the lodges to become entrepreneurs and buys supplies, linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware and furniture directly from them.  Annie’s Lodge Group supports the local Market and encourages new platforms.

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