The (Kande) Beach: A Hidden African Paradise on Lake Malawi
The dog came running at us from behind. We barely had time to turn around before the massive beast was upon us. It was some kind of mix of Labrador, Great Dane, and German Shepherd and it wanted something from us.
This section of beach on Lake Malawi has barely changed in years: it’s called Kande Beach. To get there follow the trail of a road past the fishing village through the lush overgrown jungle until you think you are lost. Then go a little further past a few more thatched roofs and you are there. A true paradise that reminds one of a young Leo DiCaprio in Thailand discovering a secret paradise for only the adventurous.
Here on Kandi Beach, you have a mix of locals and fishers, artists and safariers, campers and a friendly retired Dutch couple that are the proud owners of Kasei, that dog that got the jump on us. Captain Frazer is the general manager of the Kande Beach campground and for just dollars on the kwacha (the local currency), you can upgrade to a white beachfront triangle roof cottage that opens a front door to some of the best lake sand I’ve ever experienced. Here you can borrow one of nine long boards for a cruise on the wake or a trip to the island like one of our camp mates did. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time and energy to make it there and back before sundown. and what a sundowner sunset it is amid the rolling peaks of Lake Malawi with beach volleyball being played in the foreground comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Kande Beach, a time true treat. Don’t miss this recluses paradise.
Thank you Acacia for showing us this immortal land.