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#2 of 46 Speciality lodging in Blantyre
For twenty years Fisherman's Rest has been working alongside its communities in the surrounding schools and villages. It is a thriving not for profit Lodge and Nature Reserve, which employs more than one hundred people from the local community. ​ The vision of the Chichlowscy family is to see the districts around Fisherman's Rest thrive, through communities working together to raise living standards, education and economic opportunity. ​ From Fisherman’s Rest we organise unforgettable holidays. We are able to offer a range of day trips and tours to the famous Lake of Stars, the National Parks and wildlife reserves, using lodges and venues that meet all budgets. We also offer opportunities for individuals and groups to engage with local communities across a wide range of projects in schools, clinics, prisons, orphanages, churches and villages. It is our desire to provide our visitors with an experience that will be cherished for life through the sharing of their energy, time and skills with the communities around us. We long to see improved standards of education, health, farming and housing. ​ We are connected with broadband throughout the site and we are an excellent venue for conferences, workshops and retreats. Nearby is Blantyre city, which is our closest airport.
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Carol D wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom53 contributions17 helpful votes
I stayed at fisherman's rest with a school, we went to help children at a school who are very poor also planted trees and a lot more. I personally found it very rewarding to help people in such need and also they are wonderful people. I do hope to go back again.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Thandi S wrote a review Aug 2018
North Brabant Province, The Netherlands6 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I were at Fisherman's rest two weeks ago. We had mixed experiences and since the good ones out-weighed the bad ones, I will give our overall experience a 4 out of 5. Let's start with the bad: 1) when we arrived, we showed up at the second gate down the stretch of road where the estate is located. The security guard was very unsure about whether we should be there, he parked us under a tree and called a lady we had spoken to over the phone when we did the booking. She seemed more comfortable addressing my European husband than my Malawian self, unfortunate but I don't think I am wrong to assume that this is sadly not out of the ordinary on estates?? Anyway, she directed us to gate number one on the stretch 2) We left for dinner in Blantyre and returned to find the whole place locked up and all the lights switched off. We spent about a half hour sitting outdoors waiting for the keys. On the positive side, these are the aspects we thoroughly enjoyed: the lodge has lovely views over the rift valley and you can make out the Shire River in the distance, we spotted some interesting birds, there was power throughout (there was a generator on stand-by), we were the only guests that night so we had a wonderful time reading, swimming, buying from the bar, watching the stars, watching netflix (using wifi vouchers) all by ourselves! Breakfast the next morning was awesome and we ate it by the pool looking out over the lovely view. The rooms and facilities were good too. We didn't take our daughter along this trip but we were pleased to know that if we get to go again in the future, there is a small library for kids as well. We would absolutely go again...in spite of the two negative experiences above.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Joel B wrote a review Feb 2018
15 contributions2 helpful votes
Fisherman's Rest is just outside Blantyre on the road towards Majete. I have been back to Fisherman's many times now and I'm now greeted more like family by the ever growing number of friendly staff. They employ staff from the local community where ever possible and as a result now have nearly 130 members of staff running their plethora of different accommodation facilities, ground and community projects. The forest and nature reserve are enchanting and i love the fact you can walk around and stumble upon antelope grazing. The pools are a pleasant and welcome treat on a hot day and the views are truly breath-taking (you can see that from the pictures). The various accommodation options cater for most needs with basic tradition mud huts eco-lodges, self catering houses, catered accommodation and more luxurious options. The food is hearty, home cooked food no frills but lots of it and tasty so no complaints there. For me I like to get involved in as many of the community projects as I can and this is where Fisherman's Rest really excels. They set them selves apart with their enthusiasm and energy to really help the wider community around them where ever possible. It doesn't matter you age or skills if you are willing they can make use of your energies and my experience has been the richer for it. There is no better way to experience a country than to live along side those who live their and delve into their culture and Fisherman's Rest facilitate this brilliantly.
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Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Prices vary but talk make sure to talk to the owners they can find something that suit you.
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Angela B wrote a review Jul 2017
3 contributions5 helpful votes
Well where to start, we had the most amazing stay, such a friendly place and staff. From the time we were met at the air port and throughout our time we felt truly spoilt. The hide where we stayed was lovely and had amazing views. Visiting the projects was a highlight and we met some amazing people and children . The team at Fisherman's arranged trips to a game park and Lake Malawi. The sunsets "the golden hour" were glorious and will stay with me as will the people who are warm and welcoming thank you all.
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Date of stay: March 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We loved the hide, the views are stunning.
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NikkiKing375 wrote a review Jul 2017
Lincoln, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
This was my second visit staying at Fishermans Rest. We work in partnership to build schools, provide farming opportunities and deliver food within the school environment. As always we had a jam packed schedule to see our projects and other areas that Fishermans Rest are involved with. The staff are incredible and we were looked after and involved at every turn. I travelled with 3 teenagers and they all had an amazing time as did I. Roll on next year!!!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
MalawiSouthern RegionBlantyre
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fisherman's Rest
What are some of the property amenities at Fisherman's Rest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Fisherman's Rest?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Fisherman's Rest?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fisherman's Rest?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Fisherman's Rest have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Fisherman's Rest offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fisherman's Rest?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.