Sunset at ‘Otter Point’, Cape MaClear, Malawi

Zimba’s mango tree umbrella at ‘Fat Monkey’s’, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Zimba’s mango tree umbrella at ‘Fat Monkey’s’, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Zimba was happily parked under a humongous mango tree right by the beach at ‘Fat Monkeys Resort/Backpackers/Campground’. The popup tent looked and felt like a tree house.

Monkey welcome, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Monkey welcome, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A tropical haven right on the shores of Lake Malawi, including a bar and tasty restaurant, run by extremely friendly and helpful staff. 

Typical sunset spectacle on Lake Malawi’s shores, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Malawi

Typical sunset spectacle on Lake Malawi’s shores, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Malawi

After an eventful morning, I was in need of some tranquility. The sunsets from here are known to be simply stunning, what more motivation do I need?

Cute smiling kid, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Cute smiling kid, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Some more happy faces greeted me friendly, as I walked over to the west side of the bay where ‘Lake Malawi National Park’, a ‘UNESCO WWF Heritage Site’ is located. My aim was to watch the sunset over calm waters at ‘Otter Point’, named for obvious reasons.

Baboon day, Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Baboon day, Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

No otters were to be found, but instead was greeted by monkeys, munching on fruits of the forest. The imminent cry of the fish eagle was heard in the not so far distance, like so many times before.

Signs for a spectacular sunset at Otter Point, Cape MaClear  Lake Malawi , Malawi

Signs for a spectacular sunset at Otter Point, Cape MaClear Lake Malawi, Malawi

The sun was still a fair way upon the horizon, scattered clouds lining the skies, Baobab and other trees lining the shoreline.

Signs for a spectacular sunset at Otter Point, Cape MaClear  Lake Malawi , Malawi

Sun is piercing through clouds over the bay at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The signs weren’t hard to miss, this will be a spectacular sunset by far. Following the track to ‘Otter Point’, one can see why otters used to thrive here.

Calm waters over boulder shoreline looking south on Lake Malawi, Otter Point, Malawi

Calm waters over boulder shoreline looking south on Lake Malawi, Otter Point, Malawi

A calm, clear bay stocked with weed beds,  surrounded by a huge boulder shoreline, an ideal habitat for those elegant mammals. Not anymore.

Spectacular display off sun and clouds over Lake Malawi, Otter Point, Malawi

Spectacular display off sun and clouds over Lake Malawi, Otter Point, Malawi

The sun displayed behind a band of broken up clouds, rays seemingly piercing the lake. Simply breathtaking.

Plants growing on rocks at sunset, Otter Point, Cape MaClear,  Lake Malawi, Malawi

Plants growing on rocks at sunset, Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The smooth rocky outcrop combined with a few plants growing on rocks,

Simply stunning at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Simply stunning at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

a fading sun disappearing behind distant mountains over calm waters.

Smooth boulders at sunset at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Smooth boulders at sunset at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The photos didn’t even do justice.

Things that make me go ‘mhh’, Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Things that make me go ‘mhh’, Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A few selfies were a must, casting my body’s shadows to the lens.

Holding the sun at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Holding the sun at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Even holding the sun in my hands became possible, too hot to handle.

Banana boat fisherman in fiery red waters at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman in fiery red waters at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A banana boat fisherman passed by in a sea of glowing red waters,

Banana boat fisherman over endless seas at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman over endless seas at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

seemingly burning waters,

Banana boat fisherman disappearing on the horizon at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman disappearing on the horizon at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

before disappearing on the horizon towards the sun. Even if I tried, I couldn’t put it in the right words.

Moon coming up behind the mountains at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Moon coming up behind the mountains at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Meanwhile, the almost full moon snuck up behind me over the hills, adding to this dramatic, yet peaceful spectacle.

To be able to witness this array of shapes and colours on tranquil waters and surroundings is just indescribable.

Enjoying the peace and tranquillity at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Enjoying the peace and tranquillity at Otter Point, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

It’s moments like these when you need great company and possibly a glass of wine. But water will do.

Moon behind Baobab tree, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Moon behind Baobab tree, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I scrambled back into town to find the moon hiding behind a large Baobab tree.

Moon lid beach, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Moon lid beach, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

It was so bright to light up the whole beach. What a way to finish this day.

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