lies on the Shire River and has a market, shops and a busy happy
atmosphere. The Lake Malawi museum is here. Mangochi was once
an important slaving centre and later a colonial administrative
town known as Fort Johnston. The tree lined streets and some remaining
rather dilapidated buildings are evidence of this. There are places
to stay for the passing traveller, a supermarket and banking facilities.
Places to visit in the area are the Mangochi Forest Reserve, where
there is another rest house, and Ngopani Holiday Cottages on a
private coffee estate high above the south eastern shore of the
The Lake Malawi
shoreline between Mangochi and Monkey bay was the first favoured
for tourism development. There are now many tourist orientated
enterprises catering for all market levels along this 80km shoreline.
Excursion opportunities too are now many for in this glorious
lakeside climate grow all manner of exotic plants. These include
cashew nuts grown on an estate near Nkopola Lodge and tropical
palms which are sold at Tropex near Club
Makokola. There is also a thriving fish farm here.
Koma Croc is a crocodile farm which welcomes visitors. Boadzulu,
a rocky island off Club
Makokola, mentioned by David Livingstone in his Exploration
of the Zambezi and its tributaries and the discovery of Lakes
Nyasa and Chilwa (London 1865), is well worth the short cruise
there, to see the giant monitor lizards which bask on the rocks.
The population of fish eagles on this shoreline is said to be
the densest in Africa and their haunting cries are heard everywhere,
dawn till dusk.
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