Much of the area around Cape Maclear, including several offshore islands, is part of Lake Malawi National Park, one of the few freshwater aquatic parks in Africa. The park headquarters are at Golden Sands Holiday Resort.

There's also a museum, which is well worth a visit to learn about the formation of the lake and the evolution of the fish. The information is nontechnical and well presented.

Near the entrance gate to the Golden Sands, a path leads towards the hills overlooking

the bay. A few hundred metres up here is a small group of missionary graves, marking the last resting place of the missionaries who attempted to establish the first Livingstonia Mission here in 1875 (see pl59 and pl79).

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