This is the world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site located at Cape Maclear. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres (330ft) off shore. Here is a veritable aquarium of tropical fish providing a colourful kaleidoscopic display. The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world. Boats are available for hire and the fish will feed directly from the hand. Away from the Lake, the park has baboons, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, cormorants and hamerkops.
Excellent market operations at Cape Maclear combine accommodation with lake activities. Danforth Yachting have a lakeside lodge as well as a 38ft catamaran; while Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Cape Mac Lodge offers accommodation and activities from Chembe village whilst Chembe Eagles Nest offers a tranquil setting slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the village. Close by, Norman Carr Cottage also provides a lovely lakeside option for accommodation. Around the headland, but within the National Park is the newest and most upmarket lodge – Pumulani, Robin Pope Safaris.