Nkhata Bay Travel Guide

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  • Nkata Bay, Malawi
    Nkata Bay, Malawi
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  • Chikale Beach (1992)
    Chikale Beach (1992)
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Nkhata Bay Things to Do

  • Boating

    I visited Nkhatabay in 2005. NkhataBay is a very vibrant town. As I was walking in town somebody told me about Mpapa Beach. Ask anybody in town they will show you boats to go to Mpapa Beach. This place has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Shallow waters are as clear like a sky. No crocodiles to worry about. On this beach they are building...

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  • Nkhata Bay, Relaxing Town with Real...

    My Malawi experience is almost exclusively with the charming town of Nkhata Bay. Here there is plenty of accommodation and things to do. You can also just relax on the beach and read a book or three. There is snorkeling, canoeing, hiking, and even the occasional rugby game on in the down town backpackers. The biggest attraction here is to take a...

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Nkhata Bay Restaurants

  • by susannek Written Nov 29, 2008

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    a beautiful place with rooftop restaurant overlooking town. great food, milkshakes, fresh fruitjuices and cakes for very fair prices. the staff is very friendly and offers a very good service. organic vegetables from the restaurant garden. they also bake fresh bread.
    there are pizzas, thaifood, salads, soups, snacks and daily specials available, also try the amazing cocktails like mojito, caipirinhna or bloody mary.

    Favorite Dish: my favorite ist the beef "thai style" with basmati rice. it´s great, spicy and fresh. or try the salad with dates, filled with home made creamcheese wrapped in crispy bacon!!!

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Nkhata Bay Nightlife

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    by frockland Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    When I came to Nkhata Bay the first time in 1992 on a saturday, the whole village seemed to be drunk and everybody was partying in the streets. Nowadays there are some bars left to drink but since there was a massive security problem they are not to crowed.

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Nkhata Bay Transportation

  • The ferries

    There are two ferries connecting Nkhata Bay with the rest of the counrty: The “Ilala” is coming twice a week. (northbound on Saturday night, southbound on Monday afternoon.) It can also happen that she leaves on Tuesdays if there is an extra trip to Mbamba Bay to do.The “Songea” is arriving on Sunday afternoon. (Didn’t manage to organise a...

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  • Lake road turn off

    Nkhata Bay can be reached by busses and mini busses. Busses are not reliable. Coming from Mzuzu they sometimes skip Nkhata Bay and follow the lake shore road south without picking passengers up. In theory there are two daily busses between Mzuzu and Blantyre. One night bus and one day bus. Both are supposed to stop in Nkhata bay at 6 -7 am / pm....

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Nkhata Bay Shopping

  • Cheap coffins

    Its not really an item to buy while travelling but since HIV is killing so many people there are coffins shops everywhere in the towns. An average sized coffin in Nkhata Bay is about 3500 MKW. If you want a special design: Kelvin can help! only 3500MKW

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  • Carver of different carvings

    Kelvin Grant is the artist running this shop. He is a Rastafarian and he is doing high quality carvings. In opposite to most of the boys in town he is creating the things by himself. You can have a chat with him, watch him while he is working and of course buy some of his carvings. He is doing a different design and its worth checking out his shop...

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  • Chief Chairs and Chess Tables

    The shops are small thatched huts all along the center part of town, near the local fish market. Malawi is known for it wooden crafts including masks, statues, chess tables and chief chairs. The chief chairs are particularly a local craft and are worth looking at if you can manage to carry it home with you. This of course is not advised unless you...

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Nkhata Bay Warnings and Dangers

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    by frockland Updated Jun 24, 2004

    The robberies of tourists stopped. Some of the robbers died during the last years or were imprisoned again. Anyway - be careful at night and ask about the current situation at the place where you are staying. If you you are scared to go out at night, asked at your lodge if there is anybody available to escort you.

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Nkhata Bay Favorites

  • by khoza Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Nkhatabay is the most beautiful fish town. It is always thronged by all kinds of visitors. This town never sleeps, and it is party all night long. The people of Nkhatabay are very friendly. Once you're in Nkhatabay you can hire a boat or canoe to take you to Mpapa Beach of Chief Mundola. Another Malawian who lives in the USA is building a lounge. Mpapa beach is very friendly. This place is where you can do a lot of things with the locals. I mean you will dance "Malipenga(Tonga tribe traditional dance), fish with the locals, play soccer on the beach, and swim. It is a sprawlling sandy beach with shallow crystal clear water. All visitors are welcome and never dream about the thieves because they don't exist at Mpapa beach. I mean things at Mpapa beach are different. Please, don't be afraid to ask the locals to dance for you at a fee that help them to feed their family. Mpapa beach has the most friendly people you have never seen. I mean guys there can crack jokes, and you will laugh to tears. All day long fishermen come with their nets to catch fish, "usipa(small saradines)" and sell. The beauty of it is that you can see how the locals catch fish with their low tech method, and you will think of "Survivor(American show)".

    Fondest memory: I visited Nkhatabay in August. When I was at the Nkhatabay beach I heard some people taking a boat to Mpapa Beach. I ask them what is so special about Mpapa Beach. The gentleman looked at me and said, "I used to come to Nkhatabay to look for fun but Mpapa Beach is giving me all the fun that I wanted. Come my friend you will see." That day around 1:00 I and my friends hired a boat and went to see what was happening at Mpapa Beach. The lounge is very big, but it is still under construction. Under the tree just on the beach there were about 15 people from UK playing soccer others drinking Carlsberg, and dancing with the locals. The beach is so beautiful. White sand sprawlling along the beach. I mean we joined the party. To cut the story short we ended sleeping there around 4:00 in the morning.

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