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Chintenche, Malawi

Chintheche is a settlement in the Nkhata Bay District of the Northern Region of Malawi. It is on the shore of Lake Malawi, and is approximately 40 kilometres south of Nkhata Bay. The town is close to the main road between Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota.

Off the Salime-Mzuzu Road, Chintheche sits pretty along Lake Malawi’s northern shore. Considered one of Malawi’s best beaches, Chintheche boasts fine white sand and lush, tropical surroundings that may fool you into believing that you’re on a Caribbean island. The Chintheche area is a popular weekend getaway for locals as well as tourists. A walk along Chintheche Beach will reveal crystal clear water and various clustered rock formations.

In addition to the beautiful lakeshore, there is a site of historical interest at nearby Bandawe Mission. This was the location for the second attempt by Dr Robert Laws to establish a Livingstonia Mission. As at Cape Maclear, malaria took its toll and the missionaries moved further north to the present site on the Kondowe Plateau. The church remains, with its laterally sided pulpit and banked seating, as do a number of missionary graves.

The Chintheche area has fantastic accommodations for couples and families alike, as well as cultural and leisure activities. Farther south, Kande Beach is another beautiful stretch of lakeshore with lodging, camping and water sports.

For groups or families is The Beach House, built in a colonial style on a wonderful stretch of beach and offering 4 double bedrooms in one house. 15km south of Chintheche is the very popular Kande Horse & Stables Guest House where horse riding can be enjoyed from excursions of a few hours up to two week tours. You can even ride the horses into the lake. As well as all the lake activities and horse riding, both Makuzi and Kande offer occasional yoga retreats.

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