Monkey Bay Restaurants
There is not too much choice where to eat. Near the market are some basic take aways! Probably the best place to go for a meal is "Njobvu Lodge"!
Monkey Bay Transportation
A truck leaves every afternoon near "Ulenje´s Cafe´". Thats the building near the "Condom-Wall". Its more pleasent because its not that packed than the pick up, but always take the first vehicle leaving, it might be the last one for that day!
To reach Cape MacLear (Chembe Village)you need to find a pick up / truck to travel with. A few times a day they leave from Monkey Bay! Near the bus stop is an empty looking building, where usually some locals are sitting in front it, waiting for transport.
Thats the place for the pick up. Prce is 100 MKW. (Check with the locals and don´t listen to the touts!)
If you want to book tickets for the Ilala II try to go there a day before. On the day of departure the ticket office will be very busy. The office for first class deck and cabin class is the same as for the second class but you are allowed the use the door on the backside of the building. You don´t have to queue up on the front side! To get to the “magic” door you have to get behind the fence. Walk to the gate main gate and ask the watchman to show you the door!
If you want to book ahead you can try: Malawi Lake Services; P.O. Box 15; Monkey Bay; Tel. 587311
Monkey Bay Warnings and Dangers
I was in monkey bay for 3 months last summer working on Birgit's back to school programme. Thought id do an update on the above tip. Still no bank, still have to go to Mangocchi, though we did manage to sort out visa's in the village - just be patient though, the police only work when they want to so may take a few visits before the immigration officer is actually there to see you. And there are loads of monkeys in the village, u just have to go near the PTC shop and ull see a good 20-30 every day. Agree about the walking at night thing, i only ventured out alone at night a couple of times in the village (def dont go from the ferry bit alone, scary mary!!!) (im a girl btw) - and that was when id been there a few weeks so i was well known in the village by then, i def wouldn't recomend otherwise - tho not specifically coz u wont feel safe its just that its pitch black so ull prob brake an ancle on the "road". A good tip bout not getting ripped off on matolas etc - refuse to pay untill u see exactly what the locals pay first and dont pay anything more - trust me they wont throw u off or anything, do it in a good humoured way and theyll be fine bout it, cant blame them for trying so dont hold it against them that they try scam u for a few kwatcha - remember its prob only the equivalent of a few pence!Related to:
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- There is no bank in Monkey Bay. The nearest one is in Mangochi!
- Its no longer possible to extend a visa!. Again: the nearest place is in Mangochi
- Don´t listen to the touts telling you phantasy prices for transport to any destination!
- Don´t expect to see any monkeys!.
A German girl was murdered earlier this year. She left the ferry that arrived at night time and was never seen again. Her body was found a couple of days later. Questionings were held and it seems like she was killed and robbed on her way to find accommodation. If you arrive late try to find somebody who will join you! Don´t go alone!
Monkey Bay Off The Beaten Path
There is "Koma Crock Farm Ltd" that can be visited. Its off the Monkey Bay - Mangoshi Road. The signpost is only visible when you come from the south. Coming from the other side: turn left onto the dirt track when you see the sign: "Stanbik Cottage".Related to: