Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Never trust a monkey, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Never trust a monkey, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I met Boston at his paint stall early mornings. After showing him my art, he was somewhat impressed and inspired. This will give him a few ideas for different paintings, he said. From artists to artist, we exchanged photos for paintings. 

A typical community around Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay, Malawi

A typical community around Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay, Malawi

I left Cape MaClear heavy hearted being touched by the friendliness of the local people and splendid views over the lake, somewhat inspiring in many ways.

The famous ‘Ilala’ ship in the Harbour of Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The famous ‘Ilala’ ship in the Harbour of Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Monkey Bay lies on the eastern edge of this Peninsula and is definitely worth a visit. The Harbour docks the famous ‘Ilala’ steamboat, that runs south to north from here. A very popular adventure by fellow travelers and well worth the experience, from what I been told.

Mufasa Eco lodge retreat by the Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Mufasa Eco lodge retreat by the Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

‘Mufasa Eco lodge’ is nestled in a small bay, away from busy Monkey Bay township. A quiet and peaceful setting. I camped 5 meters from the edge of the water, right on the beach.  What a spot. There’s no TV or other modern cons here, which is very much appealing for those looking for tranquility. Manager Ricky sure had some stories to tell about her life in Africa, the wild continent with a dark history.  A friendly happy vibe was shared with other backpacking guests.

Full moon over the Monkey Bay, Malawi

Full moon over the Monkey Bay, Malawi

The full moon came up over the bay, lighting up surroundings.

Staring at the moon, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Staring at the moon, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A Dutch couple volunteered for a few moon shots, which had just risen over the bay.

Titanic style, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Titanic style, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Standing still for 60 seconds isn’t easy.

Zimba’s Park on the beach under a huge Baobab tree in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Zimba’s Park on the beach under a huge Baobab tree in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Zimba was quite content as well on the beach, being guarded by a huge Baobab tree.

Trees gripping roots along granite in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Trees gripping roots along granite in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I went for an early morning walk, maybe some monkeys of the bay would show up. I was in search for a nice spot for tomorrow’s sunrise, but that turned in to a mission.

Quite astounding how trees grow on rocks at Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Quite astounding how trees grow on rocks at Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Large boulders make it impossible at most places to get to the water’s edge. A small island blocked the straight view to the east. I kept on walking and walking.

Baobab trees reaching for the skies at Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Baobab trees reaching for the skies at Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A group of monkeys passed by the Baobab Forrest, being too quick to snapshot. One got separated from the group and took shelter in the huge Baobab tree nearby. Poor thing couldn’t trust another monkey.

Baobab in spring time?, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Baobab in springtime? Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

With most of the Baobab trees losing their leaves, some were flourishing. Quite outstanding.

Monkey fruits, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Monkey fruits, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Apart from some monkey business, not really much else goes on here in Monkey Bay itself, a reasonable town in size. 

Who would know? Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Who would know? Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I did come across this note hanging up, which I found quite amusing.

Pretty bushes, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Pretty bushes, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I went over to http://www.monkeybaybeachlodge.com  for some wifi connection. Newly refurbished and opened only a year ago, it is a modern alternative to ‘Mufasa Eco lodge’.

Field flower in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Field flower in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A professional but extremely friendly atmosphere tugged away in the ‘Monkey Bay’,  it is quite popular with young travelers that can’t live without wifi.   Neither could I today.

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