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The 12 Best Hotels and Lodges in Mangochi, Cape Maclear and Monkey Bay

The 12 Best Accommodations in Mangochi, Cape Maclear and Monkey Bay

Located at the southern end of Lake Malawi, Mangochi is one of Malawi’s leading beach resort areas.

Lake Malawi National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cape Maclear and Monkey Bay are located in the area.

Mangochi is also a unique historic area, with a clock tower built to commemorate Queen Victoria, a Hotchkiss gun taken from the British gunboat Gwendolen, which was used in the first British naval victory in the World War I, and gunships that patrolled Lake Malawi from 1889 to 1940.

Next to the clock tower is a simple stone memorial to the 145 lives lost on the Viphya, which sank in 1946.

Mangochi offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury beach resort hotels to clean, affordable guesthouses.

Here are some of the best hotels in Mangochi by budget.

Luxury Accommodations Above USD100

1. The Makokola Retreat

Name The Makokola Retreat
Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 888 796 424
Email reservations@makokola.com

Located on the southern shore of Lake Malawi and set in green gardens surrounded by palm trees, the Makokola Retreat offers elegant service and an unparalleled experience in Malawi.

The tranquility of the lake, its golden sands and the surrounding lush vegetation will immediately make you feel connected to nature.

There are many options during your stay: relax by the pool, try one of the many water activities, have a spa treatment, work out in the state-of-the-art gym, play golf on the adjacent golf course, enjoy a meal with stunning views of the lake, or take a walk to a local village.

All 69 spacious rooms overlook the golden beaches and sparkling blue water.

Most of the rooms are designed to be secluded, yet they are only a few steps from the beach.

For those flying in, Makokola has an international airport.

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2. Pumulani Lodge

Name Pumulani Lodge
Location Nankumba, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 993 504 600, +260 (0) 765 023 939
Email info@robinpopesafaris.net

Pumulani Lodge is the ultimate luxury hotel, located on the western side of the Nankumba Peninsula at the southern end of Lake Malawi.

The 10 stylishly modern villas are dotted amongst the rocks and trees on the hillside, high off the ground, offering spectacular views and privacy.

The spacious villas have a bedroom, bathroom and living area with a private balcony.

The lodge has two beautiful swimming pools: one on the beach and the other is an infinity pool on a hilltop overlooking the bay.

With an adjoining bar this makes it the perfect setting to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine while taking in the stunning views of the lake.

A trip around the lake in a dhow (sailing boat) made from local wood is a great way to enjoy a memorable breakfast or a sundowner.

For those who enjoy being more active, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving are available.

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3. Sunbird Nkopola

Name Sunbird Nkopola
Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 1 580 444
Email nkopola@sunbirdmalawi.com

Located 24km north of Mangochi, south of Lake Malawi, Sunbird Nkopola is a premier beachside resort offering 55 superb accommodation rooms and a variety of modern water sports.

The resort which offers an exquisite setting surrounded by tropical vegetation, baobab tree-lined bays and the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi can be reached via a 1.3km paved side road.

As the last colours of the setting sun fade, look up at the sky and you will see why Lake Malawi is called the ‘Lake of Stars’.

Enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar overlooking the palm-fringed beach and watch fish eagles flit over the clear water, or try one of the many water activities including jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, banana boating, aqua quads, windsurfing and power boating.

Scuba diving, tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course are also nearby.

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4. Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort

Name Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort
Location Monkey Bay road, Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 996 492 399, +265 (0) 999 220 786
Email gm@sunnsandmw.com

Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort is one of Malawi’s largest beach resorts, located on the southern shore of Lake Malawi, with a private 700m golden sandy beach.

With a variety of activities available, you will never be bored during your stay.

You can explore Fifi Water world with its Olympic-sized swimming pool, speedboats, jet skis, rubber boats, kayaks, snorkelling, parasailing, camel rides, massages and more.

There is also an on-site restaurant that serves delicious Indian and Western cuisine.

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5. Mumbo Island

Name Mumbo Island
Location Lake Malawi National Park, Mangochi
Phone +27 (0) 827 854 294
Email letsgo@kayakafrica.co.za

Located 10km northwest of Cape Maclear, in Lake Malawi National Park, Mumbo Island is an uninhabited island just 1 km in diameter, surrounded by crystal clear fresh water that offers tranquility and natural beauty.

A 40-minute boat ride from the mainland, Mumbo Island has no signal, Wi-Fi or electricity.

You can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the lake as it is.

Mumbo Island has everything you need.

The chalets are built entirely from reeds, timber, thatch and canvas on high rocks overlooking the lake, with private decks offering stunning views of the lake.

The rooms are furnished with a comfortable twin bed, a hammock, chairs, a side table and a lamp.

As well as water activities such as diving, snorkelling, island hopping and kayaking, you can stroll along the white sand beaches, watch a variety of birds, nap in a hammock, watch the sunset while enjoying a glass of wine or have dinner under the bright stars and candlelight – a stay on this desert island is the ultimate in relaxation and how you spend it is up to you.

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Popular Accommodations for USD30-100

6. Kingfisher Inn

Name Kingfisher Inn
Location Monkey Bay road, Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 998 951 295
Email kingfisher.inn2019@gmail.com

The Kingfisher Inn is a safe and loving family resort with 11 chalets, a restaurant, a bar, a pool and barbecue facilities with stunning views along the shore of Lake Malawi in Mangochi.

The lodge, formerly known as Palm Beach Leisure Resort, was taken over in 2019 and has been improved, upgraded and a range of new additions.

Mangochi is well known for its many exclusive beach resorts, but the Kingfisher Inn offers not only reasonable prices compared to the surrounding hotels and lodges, but also excellent food and great hospitality.

The chalets are clean and tidy with a fan to keep you cool in the summer.

The views over Lake Malawi from the beach bar are idyllic.

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7. Monkey Bay Beach Lodge

Name Monkey Bay Beach Lodge
Location Monkey Bay, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 992 045 483
Email warren@monkeybaybeachlodge.com

Monkey Bay Beach Lodge is a comfortable accommodation located on the shores of the lake in Monkey Bay.

Rooms are available in a variety of settings, including lakefront, garden and family rooms, all tastefully decorated with African fabrics and arts.

The on-site restaurant, Monkey Bay Beach Café, with its own veranda, serves an excellent breakfast, lunch menu and a daily specials menu for dinner.

There is also a bar serving a selection of local drinks, imported and South African wines.

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8. Annie’s Lodge

Name Annie’s Lodge
Location Chembe Village, Cape Maclear
Phone +265 (0) 997 364 959
Check in 14:00
Check out 10:30

The lodge has spacious rooms with hot water, fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, onsite bar, massage site and a beautiful pool.

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9. Cape Mac Lodge & Froggies Restaurant

Name Cape Mac Lodge & Froggies Restaurant
Location Chembe Village, Cape Maclear
Phone +265 (0) 999 412 266
Check in by 21:30

If you are looking for lots of activities and innovative French food, Cape Mac Lodge is the place for you.

Some say the French food at Froggies Restaurant is one of the best in Malawi.

They have a valley ball coat, a table tennis, a swimming pool, canoes and pedal boats.

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10. Cape Maclear Ecolodge & Scuba Shack

Name Cape Maclear Ecolodge & Scuba Shack
Location Chembe Village, Cape Maclear
Phone +265 (0) 999 140 905 / +265 (0) 882 124 308
Check in 10:00
Check out 10:00

The lodge consists 14 standard rooms, a garden and minibar. Ecolodge is the commercial branch of the locally run charity HEEED.

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11. Fat Monkeys Lodge

Name Fat Monkeys Lodge
Location Chembe Village, Cape Maclear
Phone +265 (0) 999 948 501
Check in Anytime
Check out 9:00

The lodge has 2 en-suite family chalets, 6 en-suite double rooms, 2 dorms and camping space situated on the beachfront.

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Cheap Accommodations Under USD30

12. Gateway Guest House

Name Gateway Guest House
Location Chilombo Village, Monkey Bay
Phone +265 (0) 997 217 125
Email bookings@gatewaycampusguesthouse.co.za
Check in 15:00
Check Out 10:00

Gateway Guest House is clean, safe and affordable accommodation situated on Chilombo village in Monkey Bay.

It’s about a 30 minute drive to Cape Maclare, but if you’re looking for a more reasonably priced place to stay with friends or family, this is the place for you.

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