There are mini busses going north along the lake shor road, to Lilongwe and south to Blantyre.
The directions shown in the windows of the busses are not the final destination. Lilongwe and Blantyre transport usually goes only to Balaka where you have to change. The faster way is to get off at the Balaka turn off and find a bus to Lilongwe or Blantyre.
Heading north busses only go as far as Karonga or Dwangwa. Where you have to change.
The main road is not passing through Salima that is spread of for several kilometers. There is a turn off but its about 8 km out of town.
Don’t get off too early, ask the drivers if they go into town or not. Otherwise you have to find other transport.
Mua is a small town between the Monkey Bay turn off and Balaka. The only (and good reason) to go there is the mission. Since about a hundred years there are missionaries working. Today there is a church, school, hospital and craft shop, where tourists can find carvings of high quality that were produced by the local people. The prices are fix. There is also a small zoo.
The people are very friendly and will be happy to show you around!
Another favourite place for many travellers is Senga Bay / "Livingstonia Beach Hotel".
Senga Bay is at the end of the road from Salima to the lake. It’s a small village located for several kilometres along the lakeside with some places to stay.
The carving and souvenir sellers are probably the most aggressive in the country!
For the travellers who don´t mind spending a littlbit more money there is the very nice located but expensive "Livingstonia Beach Hotel" with the adjected "Steps Camp Site".
This campsite is probably the best in the country. There is also a money exchange at the entrance!
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