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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
We stayed with some friends which gives you the opportunity, to participate in the daily lifes of the locals.
But there are a lot of possibilities of accomodation. Around Lake Malawi you will find lots lodges.
In the south Sun and Sand , near Palm Beach is of a good standard.
In Malawi all kinds of accommodation can be found: There are some upmarket places that will empty your valet of more than 100 US $ a night and therefore offer some more convenience than in the cheaper places.
The cheaper places are usually ok and often nets are provided but you should not expect hot water and a large variety of food if they also have a restaurant attached. Therefore you only pay around 2 – 6 US $.
There are plenty of camp sites. In every national park is one and there are many at the lake. Usually they are safe but better watch your belongings a bit.
I didn't stay there, but I found this building and took a picture of it. I am pretty sure it should be alright to stay there, but dont' expect the best or five star type hotel. good luck ;-)
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