Hakuna Matata

Hostel in Livingstonia

At the foot of the mountain in lakeside Chitimba, this beach camp is an excellent launch pad for tackling the ascent to Livingstonia. The whitewashed rooms have mozzie nets and fans, and one room has a private bathroom. Chat to the personable South African host, Willie, in the refreshingly shaded cafe (mains MK2000, pre-ordered dinner MK4000).

There's a private beach, and an adventure-sports operator was setting up in late 2016, promising to offer mountain biking, abseiling and more.