10 best places to stay in lake malawi


In recent years there has been a notable uplift of interest in Malawi tourism. In this blog post we share with you the 10 best places to stay in Lake Malawi. Driven to a large extent by a focus on improving the wildlife offering in its rehabilitated national parks furthermore, investments in tourism accommodation and improved air transportation have meant that the country is now a really attraction destination for those looking for a relaxed easy bush – and – beach combination.

At its heart remains the lake a constant in many itineraries. With a growing choice of lodges along the lake shore we share best places to stay for your next visit.

10. Mumbo Island Camp

On the southern lake shore, we have the Mumbo Island Camp- A 40-minute boat ride from the mainland ensures you feel nicely disconnected. There is no electricity and Wi-Fi here. This is the perfect place for a digital detox. Some activities to do while here include: walk along the beach, kayak around the island or do some snorkeling. The water is so clear here you don’t need to see underwater life. Enjoy the rustic nature of the island. There are 5 en suite water facing tents and one family unit.

9. Pumulani

The ultimate luxury on the lake. The 10 chalets are large with huge windows, air conditioning, private living area and balcony and a massive en suite bathrooms with walk in showers and vast baths. There are two swimming pools: one by the lake and an infinity pool at the top of the hill. Go kayaking or paddle boarding but the best treat is to take a dhow excursion for a memorable breakfast or sun downer cruise.

8. Domwe Island

With just 3 furnished tents and two tent sites, Domwe is a basic but exclusive self-catering camp that is ideal for people who want a comfortable, relaxed getaway. There is no power and WIFI. The fridges run on solar power. The toilets are made of dry compost and cooking is done on gas stoves. It is situated at the largest unpopulated island on the lake, separated on the mainland by a kayakable narrow.

7. Makokola Retreat

A long-standing favorite north of Mangochi, the retreat has 69 rooms of various styles. Makokola is set on a gorgeous, golden beach surrounded by lush gardens. In addition, to the expected water sports Makokola has two pools, a spa and uniquely picturesque golf course. Fresh produce is grown locally and fish sourced daily from the local fishermen.

6. Nkhata Bay KANDE HORSE

Kande Horse is a special treat for horse lovers. Set in the forest, 3kms from the beach., the stables guest house provides three double en-suite rooms and beautifully home cooked meals. It’s all about the horse-riding experience. Ride through the forests, to the local village, across flood plains, along the beaches and in the lakes cooling waters.

5. Senga Bay BLUE ZEBRA

Blue Zebra takes its name from the cichlid fish so easily seen through its clear waters. The birding is also particularly good and the food is among the best you will find in Malawi. You can try the fish tacos. There are also vegan options available. Laze in the infinity pool, enjoy water sports or boat trips. It has 5 tented rooms, 4 chalets and a family cottage.

4. Kumbali Lake Retreat

The rustic homely getaway is great for families and no electricity it is perfect for any digital disconnect. If you want to simply relax, hike up the hill, take a kayak out or a sundowner boat trip. It’s a family run lodge and there is aCordon Bleu chef among them it is no surprise the food is excellent. It contains 5 thatched chalets.

3. Likoma Island KAYA MAWA

Likoma is a unique destination in Lake Malawi, with its superb beach, extensive water sports, clear waters and quad bike tours. It also includes the impressive St. Peters Cathedral and Katundu community craft project. There are 9 rooms, two family houses and a 4 bed roomed house.

2.  Chintheche Inn

Located on a beautiful white beach midway up the western shores, Chintheche Inn is set in large, beautiful gardens. It has 10 water facing rooms and a kitchen. In addition to water sports, including sailing, there are trails for hikes and mountain biking and visits to the local village

1. Mozambique Shore- Nkwichi Lodge

This really is a special place set in a pristine environment of swirling bedrock, white beaches, turquoise waters and tropical jungle. The open sided 6 chalets and one house are built into the tree line and rocks so you feel at one with nature. Treat yourself to a night in the start bed on the beach. From picnics on the sand to dinner under the stars every meal here is a treat

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