Dangers & Annoyances
Bilharzia, a water-borne parasitic infection, is present in Cape Maclear. In order to treat it, take a course of praziquantel tablets no less than six weeks after your last swim here. Apart from at Cape Maclear's Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic, tablets are easier to find in places such as Lilongwe and Blantyre, but do buy them from a reputable source – fakes abound.
Travellers sometimes receive hassles from beach boys selling jewellery or craftwork; a firm 'no' should suffice.
Most lodges have wi-fi, and phone credit is available too.