Mayoka Village | Hostel

Malawi

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Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: -11.61198, 34.30357
Altitude: 490.5 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Parking: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

Excellent accommodation on the lake side, good bar and restaurant, pizza on Wed & Sun. Live music Thursday. This is a lively place where the young come but also for all ages and families. Free boat trips, snorkeling gear, kayak and dugout canoes. Camping available away from vehicle for 5$ pppn, dorms 12$pppn double rooms for 35$. A small carpark but maybe you could setup a rooftop tent. Highly recommended place.

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camping not possible although we were given a good rate for a room ($5pppn) as a result. somewhere that is probably best when a little busier and places are still recovering from COVID, nonetheless we ended up going across to butterfly next door after a few nights because the atmosphere seemed better.

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Maybe we got here with too high expectations due to the nice comments but it wasn't our favorite place for sure. The staff was very friendly but food and accommodation was just okay. In fact the room including the bed was quite dirty. We even had to see the dogs peeing in the restaurant... Maybe it's due to Corona and tourism being down for month now that it's challenging to maintain the whole place well. However, compared to other places the food is definitely overpriced.

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Can't add much more more to the existing comments. We stayed here (in the parking area in our truck) a few days and really enjoyed the swimming, snorkeling and free use of the water equipment. Parking is very small but we managed to fit in. Unfortunately we couldn't go on the free boat trip and daily activities as it was cancelled every day. It is fantastic that they have different payment options but take note they don't mention that there is a 1% community levy extra. Other places we stay automatically include this levy in the price. All and all we enjoyed our stay here.
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We had a great time here! We camped in our roof top tent in the parking lot for 5$ ppn. Very quit every time. There is a watchman 24 h so you can leave your tent for your whole stay! (very nice people that don't bother you). If you have a ground tent you can stay on flat areas with lake view!
The common area and the bar is very nice for relaxing! Drinks are very tasty, good size and have reasonable prices for that location (self made limoande/ice tea/iced coffe...) food is more expensive but you also have the option to cook by yourself. At the entrance there is a sign: don't bring your own food! but it was ok to have own breakfast at the lakeshore away from the restaurant.
Big plus: Every evening special food offers (pizza,kebab buffet....) , Kajaks and Stand up paddle and snorkel gear for free. And Tuesday boat trip for free incl. beer on the boat!
Swimming is fantastic in that area!
Totally recommended!!!

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Mixed review. Facilities all very nice, nice hot showers, bar area is nice and big and good vibe, two good areas to get into the water from and lots of chairs to chill around the water.
Campsites facing the water with a covering to keep that rain out.
Restaurant is expensive. A cup of tea is 1000 Kwacha ($1.38), you can eat a while meat dinner at a local restaurant for this. Lots of meals for 5000 Kwacha ($6.90) which is a small fortune here.
They have a book exchange with a good number of books, but you have to leave TWO books to get one, even though they have plenty already.
The lady at reception was not very helpful. I asked how much a taxi/van is to Nhkotakota, she said "I don't know".

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Still a great place beautifully built against the rocks. Great menu choices for reasonable amounts and lots of (free) activities. Easy place to stay a couple of days! Camping 5USD although in the parking lot...

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Camping not ideal. I slept in the car park for free. Free boat trip on Tuesdays, a touristy thing but actually quite nice - and for free. Free kayaks, SUP and snorkeling gear. Restaurant not great and quite expensive. Lots of rats, dogs, ants, lizards and monkeys everywhere. Bungalows 35-45$, they also offer dorms. Probably still best option in town tho.

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Mayoka village
very nice location, beautiful scenery, although not really ideal for camping. there is one nice camping spot but no power at site. Also you need to move your stuff a lot of stairs down! There is a nice bar but there are scheduled power outages so to charge you have to wait until power is back on. You have to use a tab for food and drinks but just watch your tab in the morning as she calculates very fast the bill and sometimes uses different prices then on the menu (happy hour cocktail get Fe fully priced etc). you don't get a receipt with all items just total price to pay. in total we were overcharged for 5000 kwatcha. owner was not there, could not ask him about normal procedure.

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Great place to relax and meet other people. Free kayaks, surfboards and snorkels! Also the free snorkel trips on Mondays and the free boat/beach trips on Tuesday are amazing! Slept in our rooftop tent in the car park, which was really ok for the price we negotiated. Bar and Food was great but quite pricy compared to what you get in town. I can highly recommend this place with all their free offers.

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Relaxed atmosphere and setting in a calm bay, free gear is a big plus. Nice people and a great stay overall

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We asked to sleep in our car in the car park but they wouldn't allow this, instead they gave a discount on the dorm rooms to camping price, 5,000 pppn.
Restaurant/bar is very nice, also have free snorkles, paddle boards and kayaks although they aren't great quality.

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A crazy place of little hits on a steep hillside! As below, not a good place for camping - rooftop camping only in the car park and ground tent campsites small and limited. Owner kindly upgraded us to a dorm for the same price as camping - $5pp. Great vibe, food good and nice happy hour. Free kayaks and paddle boards absolute bonus and nice area to paddle around and snorkel. WiFi broken while we were there - free WiFi across the bay in Aqua Dive Cafe apparently.

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Nowhere in Nkhata bay has nice camping for rooftops so we opted for a room here. Such a beautiful setting with great food and lovely vibe. Room was clean and spacious. Not the most comfortable bed but we slept well. Awesome that they have free kayaks, SUPs, and boat trips (?on a Tuesday I think). Beautiful bay for swimming too. Recommend πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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Very nice part of Lake Malawi with good swimming and great food. There was no accommodation available when we arrived to lady let us sleep in our roof top tent for 4 nights for free in the car park. Carpark is small, very noisy throughout the night and not really suitable for camping (hence no charge). We were not impressive with one of the owners who had a serious alcohol problem and was socially inappropriate to people on several night and drove his car away, hammered on two occasions narrowly missing hitting our car as we slept in the tent. Overall a cool spot but in hindsight, not sure we are happy to support this sort of place.

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Really lovely place run by a nice family, great views, social atmosphere, especially on weekends (there was live local music on Saturday night). Food is great, though a bit pricy. There are different themed buffet dinners available each night. The free water activities are a nice touch. I asked about camping and they upgraded me to a dorm for the same price. They also run a school and take volunteers. There is no longer free wifi.

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The nicer option out of the two accommodation offers next to each other. Food is great, rooms are light and airy and there are paddle boards and canoes available.

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Best option in Nkhata Bay at the moment. Amazing place with great views, swimming and free boat trips etc., free Wi-Fi. Lots of travellers which makes it a relaxed but lively place. Great restaurant, well run, lots of homemade food for good prices. Camping in rooftop tent possible in parking lot but not ideal. You can get the price for dorms or rooms down quite easily if not busy. Nice showers, compost toilets. Super friendly, good and relaxed staff!

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Excellent accommodation on the lake side, good bar and restaurant, pizza on Wed & Sun. Live music Wed. This is a lively place where the young come but also for all ages and families. Free boat trips, snorkeling gear, kayak and dugout canoes. Camping available away from vehicle for 5$ pppn, dorms 12$pppn rooms for 45$. Parking should have security but I went a few times and no one was there. A small carpark but maybe you could setup a rooftop tent. Highly recommended place.

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