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  • johanl profile photo johanl
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home sweet home: Staying with friends

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.

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  • Related to: School Holidays
  • Written February 24, 2005
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Malawi beach


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  • frockland profile photo frockland
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General: Accomodation

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.

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  • Written August 10, 2004
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"Hippo View Lodge" Liwonde


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  • Christel21 profile photo Christel21
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see picture: I saw this building: accomodation

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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  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written July 13, 2004
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Crystal Lodge, Lilongwe


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  • ecoquester profile photo ecoquester
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The steps: A beautiful camp site

This place, let me tell you I have seen Africa, I get in with the nuts and bolt, and turn up all the leaves... when you walk into a beach bar on the fresh water Lake Malawi, totally shagged from a straight 18 hrs non stop drive over night through the mountain ranges, sit at the bar down 2 beers almost fall off your bar stool and stagger back to camp...
Wake up in the morning to find your wallet is missing.... go to the same bar, see the same barman and tell him "I lost my wallet on the way home last night" and he smiles and say's no boss, you left it on the bar, and hands you back your wallet, complete with the 500 U$D you had in it.
Now that's a safe place to stay.

fantastic, that just caps it Malawi is wonderful, her people are wonderful.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Camping, Road Trip
  • Written July 6, 2004

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  • laughingsun69 profile photo laughingsun69
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Nkhata bay lodge: comfort by the lake

Upon arrival here and after getting a key to my hut a women came and asked me if i wanted my clothes washed and if i wanted any ganga i said thanx on both accounts but just got my clothes washed boy did they need it i was greatful handwashed and folded for a couple of bucks while that was happening i was sipping on cocktails at the bar and talking to locals,they have good entertainment of a night here .The huts are very cosy with mossienets theres no phones here so i cant leave you a number but everythings easy here, it was around 10$u.s.they serve great food here aswell, theres also camping grounds if you wish to pitch a tent for a few dollars..

great views of the lake, not far to town,excellent meals and cocktails :)

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written October 24, 2003
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basic but comfortable


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Kudya Discovery Lodge: View at the Shire River and hippo's

To visit the Liwonde National Park we stayed just south of the park at the westbank of the Shire River near the village Liwonde in the Kudya Discovery Lodge.
The lodge is a 20 minutes walk from the Liwonde barrage.
The rooms are good value. There is a nice bar-restaurant with good views at the Shire River and the hippo's around.

Good views.
Boattrips at the Shire River to the Liwonde National Park.
When you go to your room, you have to be aware of the hippo's, they are all around.
During our stay there was a young one in the hotel garden, just before attacked and wounded by a crocodile.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: National/State Park
  • Written September 22, 2003
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wounded young hippo


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Golden Sands Rest Camp: Cape Mc Clear, on the beach

We stayed a few days in the Golden Sands Rest Camp run by the parc department.
We slept in lovely roundavels (round African huts) right on the beach.
There are central showers and toilets. After nine there is no electricity, so bring you torch.
There is a bar and kitchen. They can prepare you a meal or you can cook yourself.
We went also to the nearby crowded Stevens Resthouse , a very popular back packers place at the beach, to have dinner and a drink.

Wonderful views and sunsets.
Very easygoing place.
Monkeys jumping on the roofs of the roundavels in the early morning.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written September 22, 2003
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Malawi Lake


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  • Bwana_Brown profile photo Bwana_Brown
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Grand Beach resort: Moving "Upscale"

This photo shows the more extensive type of accommodations available, which I used the second time around when Sue and I stayed at the resort with our two children. These buildings had two bedrooms and a nice bathroom as well as a living area. As with the huts, you could step off the veranda and head straight into the Lake! It was great being able to sit out on our balcony in the evenings sipping wine as we watched the Lake sparkle in the moonlight. As mentioned in my Restaurant tip, the hotel provided a baby-sitter to look after the children while the adults began their evening restaurant meal at 7 PM (just after it gets dark, this close to the Equator).

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Road Trip
  • Written November 29, 2002
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Sue & Samantha on the steps leading to the beach


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  • Bwana_Brown profile photo Bwana_Brown
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Grand Beach Resort: Fantastic Lake Front Accommodations

The resort was located right on the beach and consisted of a main restaurant area as well as a choice of single huts (rondavels) or small multi-roomed dwellings. Lake Malawi is so big that it is like a small sea, with cool water and big waves, when the wind is blowing. The beach was bounded on each end by rocky outcrops making for a secluded relaxation area. Photo of Torben and I taken in front of our hut!

A fantastic sandy beach, cool water and great meals available in their restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written November 29, 2002
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  • cosmopolit profile photo cosmopolit
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Quite a few places near or...

Quite a few places near or along the lake have got campgrounds or hostel/inn like accommodation. Cape Maclear was a good one then.

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  • Written August 26, 2002
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Rondavel


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  • Durbanite profile photo Durbanite
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Ku Chawe Inn at the top of a...

Ku Chawe Inn at the top of a vertical mountain face in Zomba. You feel you can see the rest of Africa from there. Great for a couple of nights.
USD 65

Great views and very relaxing. Lot of character. Last time I was there it had been burnt down but it should be operational again by now.

Golf course close by at the bottom of the mountain.

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  • Written August 26, 2002

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  • ben_england profile photo ben_england
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Most places by Lake Malawi are...

Most places by Lake Malawi are lovely. You can mess about in the Lake by day, and its really nice just sat outside watching the amazing African sunsets and having a barbeque while listening to the far away hippos.

As Malawi is fairly poor, the prices shouldn't be too bad. I can't say they won't be as I haven't been in ages, but they shouldn't be!
Another good thing is that Bird Island is within canoe distance (which you can rent there!) away, and its good watching giant monitor lizards from the safety of your boat.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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  • Imbri profile photo Imbri
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One of my favourite...

One of my favourite backpacker’s lodges was Mayoka Village, on the outskirts of Nkhata Bay. It can be quite a hike when you’re carrying your rucksack, but it’s a very friendly and tranquil place. The food is delicious! Also lots of time for partying, if you’re into that!

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  • Written August 25, 2002

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Nanchengwa Lodge, between...

Nanchengwa Lodge, between Monkey Bay and Mangochi, is a really magical place. People go there for a weekend, and stay for three months. It was a wonderful place to spend Christmas...they have a great British Christmas feast, with real ice cream (see how excited I was?!?). If you go there, say hello to O.B. (Old Bastard), and tell him that he made Christmas a special time for two Canadian girls so far from home.

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  • Written August 25, 2002
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  • TracyG profile photo TracyG
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Steps Campsite: Best for camping...

The place is simply perfect, but Malawian standars this place is classed as expensive (US$7!) but beleive me the place is worth it. You have access to the beach, local fishing villages and a 4 star hotel down the road for luxury oh and the showers are warm too.

You couldn't get anymore on the beach. The views are perfect and the beach bar is brilliant, you really can not fault the place.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches
  • Written August 24, 2002

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