Lake Malawi

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lake Malawi Accommodation

The water glistens, the sand is soft and beaches blissfully quiet. Lines of sun beds are nowhere to be seen in Malawi, snow is more likely! The lodges we work with are small, exclusive and the beaches private.

If you wish to relax and indulge, Malawi’s beaches are the place to do it. The freshwater Lake Malawi is both warm and pristine – a water lovers dream. There’s no yucky salty seawater here! With over 800 species of fish we recommend snorkeling and scuba diving or for above water level there is always water-skiing, kayaking and more to experience.

View our selection of Lake Malawi accommodation options below.


Lake Malawi - South


An ethos of joy and fun runs through this lodge and is the ultimate choice for travellers on a tight budget looking to create amazing memories.

This beach-side lodge is a beautiful spot to relax or if you prefer, The Funky Cichlid activity center offers plenty of water sports at great value including scuba diving, sunset cruises, kayaking, snorkeling expeditions and much more. The rooms are simple, clean and staff are always willing to go above and beyond to help.








Double room


If you would like to incorporate a stay at The Funky Cichlid into your trip, view our Wet and Wild itinerary for inspiration.


Domwe Island Adventure Camp is basic yet exclusive. It lies behind a small beach on the island’s west side. The camp is run on a self-catered basis, with guests making use of the kitchen facilities to prepare their own meals. The kitchen has two full-time staff members, and is fully stocked with fridges, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery.

Accommodation consists of three fully-furnished safari tents and two tent sites, complemented by a dining area with bar and a water sport gazebo.


Safari Tent


Bring your own tent



Best described as bare foot luxury, with everything that you need and nothing that you don’t. This tropical island getaway offers a wonderful retreat from the stresses of life. No electricity, wifi or phone signal means a true escape.

Appreciate your lakeside view from the comfort of your hammock with privacy that is hard to come by in the modern world. Swing from your hammock and witness a truly magical night sky – carpeted in stars while fisherman’s lanterns sparkle on the pristine lake.

Explore the island’s walking trails to discover coves, hidden beaches and more or if you prefer, many choose to kayak around island.


Low season (22 January - 30 June & 1 November - 9 December);

Double/Twin Chalets:


Family Chalets

High season (1 July - 31 October & 10 December - 10 January);

Double/Twin Chalets


Family Chalets



Situated at Cape Maclear bordering on the Lake Malawi National Park, Danforth offers superb Lake Malawi accommodation. Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on this magnificent lake. Danforth is both a Malawi yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. Owner run and offering personal attention, Danforth Yachting delivers all round excellence.


Tucked away on Nankoma Island, a part of the Marelli Island archipelago, resides Blue Zebra. A beautiful island escape with an array of great activities to chose from including scuba diving, water skiing and a choice of excursions. Prefer to relax? Indulge at the infinity pool and work your way through the colourful cocktail list!


Low season (22 January - 30 June & 1 November - 9 December);

Luxury Tented Chalet


Executive Chalet


Family Chalet

High season (1 July - 31 October & 10 December - 10 January)

Luxury Tented Chalet


Executive Chalet


Family Chalet



Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi. We provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition.


Standard Beach Room

$156pp (sharing)

Lake Villa

$226pp (sharing)

Chiefs Villa

$249pp (sharing)


A new eco-friendly lodge on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi. Owned and run by the same family who own Kumbali Country Lodge in Lilongwe, Kumbali Lake Retreat comes with the same familiar ‘home away from home’ feel with comfort and nature as the main focus.

The retreat provides the perfect setting for a sundowner boat trip around the bay where you can feed the fish eagles and take in the luxury of your surroundings.



$95pp (sharing)


Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas with their grass roofs to help reflect the heat provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy.

Lake Malawi - North


More than a lodge, Nkwichi is a complete experience offering a unique taste of Africa with exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquility.

Eight secluded beaches set on 4 km of Rift Valley coastline embrace Nkwichi lodge in the perfect setting to discover a lost world; a fresh-water oasis and an Africa untouched.


Standard Chalet

$375pppn (sharing)


An exclusive luxury resort on the beautiful Likoma Island. A uniquely stunning lodge with superb attention to detail that ensures every guest has the most extraordinary and memorable experience. Voted in the top ten ‘Most Romantic Places in the World’ by Conde Nast and in the Tatler top 101 Hotels in the World and the 3rd Best Beach Property in Africa in the Good Safari Awards, Kaya Maya is no stranger to prestigious accolades. We cannot speak highly enough of Kaya Mawa. From the construction and the staff to the integration within the local
community, there is literally nowhere else like it.


Low Season (25 Mar - 30 Jun & 1 Nov - 9 Dec)

Standard Room & Family House

$375pppn (sharing)

Premium Rooms & Pool Suites

$435pppn (sharing)
High Season (1 Jul - 31 Oct &10 Dec - 15 Jan)

Standard Room & Family House

$415pppn (sharing)

Premium Rooms & Pool Suites

$485pppn (sharing)


Mango Drift is a backpacker’s lodge located on the west side of Likoma Island on the beautiful waters of Lake Malawi. Situated on an expansive and private stretch of beach, Mango Drift has to be one of the most scenic places to stay on the island and arguably the best place to catch the sunset.

At Mango Drift there are thatched huts nestled on the beach, as well as amazing en-suite chalets, with verandas overlooking the lake.


En-suite Beach Chalet


Beach Chalet


Dorm bed



Situated on the lush Northern Shores of Lake Malawi. Makuzi is one of Malawi’s only private white and beaches which provides guest with a superb, secluded retreat and wonderful views across Africa’s third largest fresh water lake.

All chalets are en-suite with stunning Lake View set in perfectly manicured gardens.


Standard Chalet


Superior Chalet



Located in Chintheche, it is perched on the very edge of the dunes as is shaded by two beautiful trees. Sunrise over the islands of Chizumula and Likoma Island is a photographers dream.

To the front, translucent waters and shimmering sand invite the visitors in search for relaxation. Sit on the spacious patio and gaze over the beach and the lake, all the way to the velvety outline of islands and the distant mountains on the mozambique shores of the lake. The beach and dawn over the lake is a sight never to be forgotten.


Standard accommodation


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