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Date Place Comment
Tenayu Lodge

This is the place formerly known as Wakwenda Retreat now under new ownership. The Ilala and other boats drop anchor very close by and the staff came to find me. Really great place to visit for a few days, beautiful spot & bar with some of the best snorkelling I’ve done in Malawi! Owners not around but manager is a really great guy. Camping is $5, meals around $4 (bring -everything- if you plan to self cater as there are no restaurants and only a few small shops) and beers $1.5. Make sure to book before turning up ([email protected] is quick to reply). Most of the activities previously available now not but snorkels & beach games free to use. Lodge building and grounds could do with a bit more upkeep but hadn’t had any visitors for months so can be forgiven. Chizimulu also now has an Airtel mast so signal everywhere. Go visit!

Makuzi Beach Lodge

(Another!) beautiful spot on the lake for camping. Relatively large lodge situated in its own cove. Campsite is raised and set back overlooking the beach with plots separated by foliage. Sit on kayaks in good condition for hire (I think $5) and good swimming and snorkelling out on the island nearby or longer paddle down to Kande. Could spend a good few days here! Friendly proprietor, not offering meals or bar at the time of visit but said they plan to reopen with a limited menu from September 1st.

Ngala Beach

Beautiful spot on the lake with a very friendly proprietor and staff. Campsite is in gardens with plenty of shade looking straight onto the beach. Didn’t see the ablutions but opened a banda for me to use. Unfortunately they had a fire recently and the main building/dining area has burned down but they have opened up a separate building adjacent and are offering a small menu (very tasty bean curry for $8).


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