our last stop on the epic Malawi road trip was Cape Maclear. since we didn't originally plan to stay longer we didn't book any accommodation. it wasn't the smartest move, only just a few days before Christmas/New Years celebrations, when most lodges are filled with international tourists who have booked a year in advance...
Fat Monkeys was the first place we stopped at and could only offer us a room for one night. we went all the way up the Maclear coast and checked out most of the other places but they were either crazy expensive, under renovation, or were fully booked.
luckily for us the friendly people at Fat Monkeys offered us a tent and a mattress, with bedding, in their beachfront campsite at an extremely attractive rate (USD 6 p/night - we're always on a strict budget!)
their rooms and camping facilities are great - we would recommend this place to anyone.