How to reach Thumbi View Lodge in Cape Maclear

There are various ways to reach your accommodation in Cape Maclear, so whether you are organising a private transfer, driving yourself, taking public transport, or even cycling through Malawi, we can help! We’re on hand to assist with everything, so please do contact us for specific route information and/or transfers..

In the meantime, keep reading for useful information on general transport to our lodges.

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Directions to Cape Maclear

By Car

By private car Cape Maclear is 4 hours from Lilongwe and Blantyre. Or if you are coming from Monkey Bay, its just a 30 minute drive.

From either Lilongwe or Blantyre side:

  • Take the Road to Monkey Bay, there are signs along the way.
  • 5Km before Monkey Bay there is a turnoff to the left with a sign for Cape Maclear. That road is closed.
  • Drive 2Km past it and you will find a turn left. No sign.
  • Take the road, which ends at a t-junction. Turn left and just follow the road until you get another t-junction, turn left again.
  • Follow until you get to a cross road. Turn right and follow the road, it becomes tar after a while.
  • Follow the road until it ends at the National Park gates and turn right onto the gravel road.
  • After 1km you will find a white building on the left hand side, this is Thumbi View Lodge.

And here are our GPS coordinates, short and easy:

GPS S14° 01′ 48″ E34° 49′ 58″

Organized Transfers

To make things easy for you we offer private transfers from the airport to our lodges in Cape Maclear and Mabuya Camp in Lilongwe. Also inbetween our partner lodges you can enjoy our transfer services.

Please contact us if we can organize a transfer for you.

By Bus

The Axa bus leaves daily bus from Lilongwe and Blantyre to Monkey Bay. Estimated cost is around 10$ depending on the exchange rate. Please note that the journey by bus takes longer than by private car (6 hours plus). From Monkey Bay you will find:

  • Small motorcycles (Around 2000Mkw (3$)
  • Minibus taxis (Around 2000Mkw (3$)
  • Private rented vehicle (Around 20000Mkw (25$)

Rent a Vehicle

Contact us if you’d like us to help organise you a rental vehicle for your holiday in Malawi.

Looking to explore more of Malawi?

We can help plan and organise you the adventure of a lifetime in Malawi. Destinations we can arrange include:

  • Zomba Plateau – Hiking
  • Mulanji Mountain – Hiking
  • Liwone – Wildlife Experience
  • Nkhata Bay – Diving and Chilling
  • Kande – Horse Riding