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  • Reviews: 374

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Chintheche Lodge: Camping on the lakeside in smart hotel grounds

We camped in the grounds of this very pleasant lodge. We had lakeside views and it was all very pleasant. No complaints at all.
The beach was lovely and the swimming very good.
We didn't eat at the Lodge but there were two bars including one that had a TV.
It was a great location to chill out at the end of our safari.
Unfortunately I don't know how much it costs to camp there.

There is a swimming pool though I preferred to swim in the lake.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling, Birdwatching
  • Written December 22, 2013
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Chelinda Campsite: Nyika National Park's campsite

The campsite at Chelinda is about 5 minutes drive away from the other Chelinda Camp which, rather confusingly, isnt a campsite but has some nice looking chalets and the restaurant and bar.

The campsite, where you can erect tents and be totally self sufficient, has some facilities including at least 2 shelters where you can pitch your tent if you don't need to use tent pegs. The shower and toilet block is perfectly functional with plenty of hot water and flushing toilets although it could be described as basic. There is also a kitchen with a wood burning stove and tables where food can be prepared if the weather outside is inclement.

There are charges to use the campsite and campers need to report to the Chelinda camp reception in order to register their presence.

I enjoyed our two night stay here.

The views from the site are quite unlike anything I've seen elsewhere in Africa. The rolling tree-less, grassland landscape reminds me so much of moorland in the north of England. Instead of sheep there are zebras and antelopes roaming amongst the bracken and grasses.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Safari, Eco-Tourism
  • Written December 13, 2013
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  • MikeBird profile photo MikeBird
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Luwawa Forest Lodge: Peaceful lodge in central Malawi

We stayed at this site as the first stop on our six night safari. Luwawa Forest Lodge is in the South Viphya Forest Reserve a vast tract of land on the Viphya Plateau.

We were camping and made use of the shower/toilet blocks which had plentiful hot running water and good flushing toilets. There are picnic tables and a place to do cooking if you bring your own camping gas. I felt totally safe and completely rested at this site.

The lodge also has other accommodation ranging from dormitories to upmarket chalets and suites but I didn't see these.

There are a wide range of activities available from the lodge including mountain biking, archery, hiking, fishing and canoeing. I went off birdwatching with one with of the Lodge employees called Patrick. He had an excellent knowledge of the local birds and other wildlife in the reserve.

I really enjoyed my stay at the Lodge. I particularly enjoyed just sitting on the very comfortable verandah looking out over the lush garden, with a fresh coffee, binoculars and bird book at hand. I probably saw about 30 different species just from that one location - birding for softies!

It was the peace and quiet of the location that I enjoyed together with the opportunity to get out and explore the well marked trails.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Birdwatching, Eco-Tourism, Safari
  • Written December 12, 2013
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Luwawa Lodge: a lovely verandah

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  • MikeBird profile photo MikeBird
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Mabuya Camp: Budget accommodation in the centre of Lilongwe

This camping ground has plenty of space for tents but it is much more than just a campground. There are dormitories, 4 A-frame twin-bedded thatched chalets at US$25 a night, about 6 chalets of similar size for the same price and at least one en-suite chalet for US$45 per night.

Mabuya is definitely on the Malawian back packers route and is a great, centrally located place to stay with a friendly atmosphere, a good sized swimming pool, a bar, a range of toilet/shower blocks ( "if the hot water has run out go to a different block") and a thatched dining area where you can get an evening meal ( book before 5.30pm) for less than MWK3,000. There is a wide range on their menu for breakfast and lunchtime food. The bar area has free wifi and there is a TV which seems to play non-stop football.
You can leave your bulkier luggage here whilst you go on safari and the Mabuya owners will happily arrange a trip for you.

I was perfectly happy staying at Mabuya. It can be quite rowdy at night but most people have gone quiet by 11.00pm.

I think my one comment would be to suggest taking your own mosquito net. The three rooms I tried all had mossie-nets with a few holes in them and inevitably the little blighters will find their way through them.

Enjoy your stay. I did.

Good location, good value for money, friendly staff and most of the necessary conveniences needed by modern travellers.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written November 30, 2013
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  • Reviews: 1

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Maji Zuwa: A Definite Gem In The Warm Heart Of Africa

Maji Zuwa, meaning “water and sun,” is a lodge and conference facility located on the "undiscovered" northern beach shores of Lake Malawi, near the village of Chilumba. The lodge is committed to sustainable tourism and encourages guests to connect with the warmth and beauty that Malawi has to offer in both it's culture and it's people by balancing their vacations with volunteer projects in the community.

Maji Zuwa is well equipped with a full restaurant, bar and conference facilities. The rooms are clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. The food is excellent, especially the fresh fish caught from Lake Malawi and the scrumptious chicken spring rolls. The friendly staff provided helpful and attentive service which made me feel incredibly welcome throughout my stay: so much so that it was difficult to leave. The views of Lake Malawi are astounding and swimming in the clear warm water, free from the snails that carry bilharzia, was a daily treat. The locals of Sangilo Village are extremely friendly, no high pressure souvenir sales here although many will welcome you and want to practice their English. The lodge is relatively new and improvements are being completed on a daily basis - they were working on making the rooms handicapped accessible while I was there. The owner is well respected in Malawi and over the last several years, has been working with the community - fighting for orphan children and teens to give them a chance at an education along with providing food and shelter. Here at the lodge, he's managed to merge all the friendliness of Malawi with the efficiency you'd expect of a Western-run hotel. Maji Zuwa is the perfect destination for first time visitors to Africa and, without doubt, provides a much more fulfilling experience than the touristy hang-outs in Nkhata Bay. If you want to enjoy the real Malawi, its' warm and friendly people, its' scenery and its' culture, Maji Zuwa is where you'll find it. If your planning a trip to Malawi, I highly recommend that you stay at Maji Zuwa. There's no better place to experience Africa.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Work Abroad, Arts and Culture
  • Written April 29, 2013
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  • Reviews: 4

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Norman Carr Cottage: Lake Malawi's Hidden Gem

As soon as you walk into Norman Carr Cottage you feel at home. Taffy and Jenny own and run Norman Carr and along with their fantastic Malawian staff they go out of the way to make your stay enjoyable. The rooms have huge double beds and the unique outside ensuite bathrooms make showering a totally new experience. I would highly recommend Norman Carr Cottage to anyone traveling with a young family or friends looking for a quiet weekend on Lake Malawi.

The beach restaurant. Eat your meals right on the beach and watch the stars coming out over Lake Malawi. The restaurant offers beautiful views over the lake and the homecooked food is simply delicious. Siestas can be spent lazing in the swinging chairs in the shade or soaking up the rays on the beach deck chairs.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Kayaking, Water Sports
  • Written August 21, 2012
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Norman Carr Cottage - Explore Malawi

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  • John75 profile photo John75
  • Reviews: 1

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Club Mac: Club Mac Resort Hotel

Hi There,

Why not visit a Malawian Only Free Classifeds Site for a bit insight of Malawi. Www.pansika.com You can get a loads of car hire campanies, temporary Houses for rent, temporary Rooms for rent, Hotels/Motels, Places of interest like tourist hot spots including relaxation areas along the beautiful Lake Malawi. Just go there and select that suites you.

John

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Fishing, Photography, Food and Dining
  • Written January 7, 2011

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  • Kwathu profile photo Kwathu
  • Reviews: 4

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Kwathu Family Resort: Malawi's Hidden Paradise

I was in Malawi in July 2008 when i came across this charming set of chalets set beside Lake Malawi in a town called Nkhotakota. I was enthralled by the locals' friendliness and impressed by the environmentally friendly solar power. The service was polite and the amenities clean, and best of all i didnt have to break the bank for the 4 nights stay there (at £10 a night it was very reasonable). I wish i could have stayed longer, Lake Malawi is amazing and the locals' are friendly and always eager to help. Hope to go back some time this year for sure.

Safe, clean, affordable and with front seat view to the beautiful Lake Malawi.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Beaches, Backpacking
  • Written February 21, 2009
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  • Reviews: 12

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Kiboko camp: Lilongwe's cheapest accommodation

Although it is called camp, it has also private rooms and well kept dorms. They charge 750 Kw and it is very good value. The atmoshere is good too and the meals provided are ok for the price

Vwery friendly, tones of info about lake trips

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written January 5, 2009

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  • LukeIRL profile photo LukeIRL
  • Reviews: 5

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Mzoozoozoo: Mzuzu's Best Hostel

Instantly friendly atmosphere, Good food, good dvds, good stories, good jokes

Family-run, Swiss style dorm rooms out the back, 'Refreshing' showers, Good food, EXCELLENT house band ('The Souls of the Ghetto'), great people

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written December 29, 2006

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  • Reviews: 5

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Mayoka Village: Nkhata Bay's Best

Great food, v cheap, great people, staying there for as long as possible seemed to be on everybody's agenda, good parties, good times

A great relaxed atmosphere right on the shores of Lake Malawi, this place is the best place to find good information from other travellers about the town and the guys working know their stuff. And if you don't like the vibe, Butterfly's right next door!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written December 29, 2006

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  • Reviews: 625

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Steps Campsite and Chitombi Beach: By Lake Malawi

There are lots of beautiful camping sites along Lake Malawi. We spent five nights in two different ones, Steps Campsite in the southern end and Chitombi Beach in the northern. We were literally camping on the beach! Beaches were lovely and the water clean and refreshing, with no dangerous animals to be afraid of. This little guy visited us often in the first camp.

The first night I woke up of a strange noice, it took me a while to realize it was raining. As usual we had left the covers of the top "windows" of the tent open to let the air in and to be able to admire the stars above. I ran outside to close the covers, but the tent was already flooded! And as we were tenting on the beach, it was already full of sand. So what do you do in the middle of the night when your tent is full of water and wet sand? The simple answer is: Nothing. You just say the old indian serenity prayer:
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
The ground was slightly tilted, thus there was a small corner a little less wet than the rest. I just curled up in that corner and slept through the rest of the night.

The second night we chose to sleep inside Froggy, since all our stuff was still wet.Not that it was much better, poor Froggy was full of water, too.

There were fences around the camp sites, the locals were not allowed in. But my son got befriended with some kids of his own age and a little older on the beach of the second camp, and helped them selling home made souvernirs to our group and other camping guests. He was a good salesman indeed, and as a reward he was given necklaces enough to give away to all his friends back home :-)

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Beaches, Safari, Camping
  • Written October 11, 2005
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  • Reviews: 277

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GREAT FOOD: THE HOUSE COMES WITH A CHEF

This gentleman, is THE chef of the house.
He has one guy to help him out, and he prepares all the food. Food you have to bring yourself.
Toi my opinion it was better than a 5 star restaurant.
This guy was a real magician.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written February 26, 2005
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THE WILLIAMS HOUSE: RENT A HOUSE

The best way, to my opinion, is to rent a house near Lake Malawi, and make trips from there every day.
We rented a house near Palm Beach at the south side of the Lake.
It was a spacious house with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
These houses are not posted in magazines or on the internet.
You have to rent them thru the grapevine circuit.
As we stayed with people who live in the country, they know where the good bargains can be done .
So ask the people when you are around and they'll tell you.
Of course they will add a little commission for their efforts !!!! What efforts?????
And, the house comes with a swimming pool and a great cook. We had 3 meals a day, prepared by this great person.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written February 26, 2005
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Near the Zomba plateau: LE MERIDIEN

This hotel belongs to the Meridien group and is called "Le meridien Zomba).
It must have been a very nice hotel in the early days, when is was built. Now a days, it still has the looks of a great hotel, but , as often in Africa, the maintenance is not done very well, it could use some paint and lots of repairs everywhere. It is rather expensive and you need a 4x4 to get there.(in the raine season).

It is close to the Zomba top and from the outside terrace you have, when the weather allows it, a great view on Zomba.
Try the hot chocolate. Made with real chocolate and not expensive.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written February 25, 2005
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Le Meridien Zomba


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