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Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

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Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Two of us have a short 2 weeks in Malawi and wanted to catch the Ilala Ferry from Monkey Bay up the lake (not sure of the destination yet). Is it working yet? If not, what is the best way to travel? We want to do/see maximum amount of stuff but also chill out and enjoy the holiday. Have about 9 days in Malawi before getting on a train at Mbeya for Dar.

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1. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Don't know the current status, but a report in January indicated that the Ilala was no longer operating out of Monkey Bay. Running only from Nkhata Bay northwards: http://mwnation.com/ilala-operate-north/

Hopefully, someone will come in with more up to date info for you. Good luck.

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2. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Thank you for the reply - guess we will just have to wait and see :)

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3. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Hi there. We own a lodge, Thumbi view lodge, in Cape Maclear, 18 km from Monkey bay. The Ilala does not travel from Monkey bay anymore. It only covers the northern part of the lake now. From Nkhata bay to Likomo island. We met a Cape Town gentleman in Monkey bay a week ago who is involved in the building of a new boat that will go from Monkey bay. He said it should be put to water on about 2 weeks. However I can not vouch for this. Have a look at Cape Maclear as an alternative perhaps? It is a very nice fishing village with modern lodges and a great beach.

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4. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Hi, nnoeth is right. There is a new ship being built which was supposed to start sailing this month, but have not heard that it has.

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5. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Any news if the ferry is up and running? Heading to Lake Malawi in September

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6. Re: Ilala ferry running by June 2014?

Hi. The Ilala only covers the Northen part of the lake. Also I heard last week that it is had a breakdown and is not working at the moment

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