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“Great Place on the North Lake of Malawi”
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Njaya Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Nkhata Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 October 2012

Njaya makes a perfect get away. The cottages and bandas are spread out on a hillside above the lake. Some of them are right at the lake side. A large central lodge features a full restaurant and a bar with pool table and music and a large screen tv. A veranda the length of the main lodge overlooks the lake. The staff at Njaya are friendly and helpful. There is also a bar on the beach where there's music and sometimes live music. It's slightly farther away from town than other places but well worth the walk.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Friendly staff who seemed genuinely interested in us enjoying our stay. we'd intended to camp but lake flies and ants meant this wasn't an option so we were offered a beach hut with a fantastic view of the lake at a reduced rate. We're not into parties, so we were happy to be at the quieter end of the beach: when we walked into town, we didn't see anywhere that we'd have preferred to stay. (Other options looked more suitable for younger/ livelier travellers!) The food was ok but nothing special, although portions were plentiful. Having read some of the other reviews, I'd mention that nobody tried to sell us anything (tours, crafts etc etc).

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Njaya is a hidden treasure and definitely worth a stay. It's location is breathtaking; if you can, book the cottage overlooking the lake, you won't regret it. I'm disappointed by the negative review of this place from September, as it completely misrepresents Njaya. It is much quieter than neighbouring lodges, which was perfect for us. The staff are incredibly friendly and go over and above to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Food is great, drinks are reasonably priced and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. It's definitely a place I will never forget. If you want a party lodge, don't come to Njaya, but if you want reliable and friendly staff, a relaxing break with a view to take your breath away, come to Njaya.

Room Tip: Choose white stone cottage....the view from the private balcony is worth every Kwatcha.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

This is an average place in Nkhata Bay. We chose to stay here because they accept credit cards. The view and lake coming right up to the cabin made it. Very beautiful! Food is mediocre. Honestly, we wished we had stayed at Mayoka Village instead.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

My wife and I stayed at this place are coming up a dreadful road from Nkhata Bay to feel marooned in the middle of nowhere. Yes you oculd see the lake but you had to negotiate tortuous steps yo get to it. The barman Gilbert is a joke with his pseudo-friendly nonsense. The food on the menu was either off or unavailable. Their website is outdated and shows people we spoke about who are long dead. Our night was spent battling mosquito's and ants. The next morning my wife and I went for breakfast in the bar area and had french toast which was nice, but served by a leering waiter who was an Arsenal supporter so he kept telling us. When my wife went back to our hut she discovered items of costmetics missing and when confronting the manager he smiled and laughed. The also say the accept credit cards that's nonsense as well. Don't come here stay in town there are many other lodges don't be fooled by the pseudo-friendly crap.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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NjayaOwner, Owner at Njaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

As co-owner of Njaya Lodge I want to respond to the review below by a traveller from the South Sudan. We have always encouraged our Malawian staff to mix with guests and chat to them as much as possible (within reason) so that visitors are able to feel integrated into the Malawian community and welcome. 99% of our customers love this attitude and Njaya is renowned for it's wonderful kind staff. In fact it has been quoted as 'one of the friendliest lodges in Malawi'. We are sorry if this person wasn't comfortable with this. Also in Malawi there are food shortages which might explain why some things aren't always available on the menu - again our apologies. Our road...well what can I say. For years we have been trying to get the Government to grade it and every year post rainy season we work on trying to improve it but there are plans to build a new road in the pipeline. I am sorry this person clearly had such a terrible time but perhaps Malawi was not the right country for this couple..it is a developing country in sub-Saharan Africa of outstanding natural beauty but that does come with a few minor issues common to the tropics. We have never had a problem with theft either and take care to make sure our guests are secure and looked after.....Thanks for taking the time to read this..

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Reviewed 21 April 2011

Beautiful location, lovely staff and great views. Beach was brilliant. Loved having a chalet right by the water.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

Not my first stay at Njaya and probably won't be my last.. Great location, my room was almost in the lake, waves lapping on the beach outside, have a look at the photos I've attached.. Really great staff and you'll sleep like a babay!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: Chiklae Beach | Box 223, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Northern Region > Nkhata Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Nkhata Bay
Price Range: £21 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Njaya Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Njaya Lodge has been run by the same family and many of the same staff since it opened for business on Christmas Day 1993. Over the last 21 years we've built a labour of love, in cooperation with the people of our adopted home, and somewhere we hope you will enjoy spending some time when you're in Malawi Njaya consists of a large airy building housing the Reception Bar and Restaurant, a large expansive terrace. With day beds, sofas and lots of relaxation. The bar serves,cold beers, juices, milkshakes and cocktails, whilst the restaurant serves fantastic, burgers, steaks and fish straight from the lake accompanied by fresh vegetables and salads The terrace overlooks magnificent Lake Malawi stretching across at this widest part, 52 miles to the neigbouring shores of Tanzania and Mozambique. We've built a collection of cottages, chalets and houses spread over lush gardens and terraces that lead down to beautiful Chikale beach, the only beach in Nkhata Bay. There should be something to fit every budget. From comfortable cottages perched over the water, to family houses, and garden chalets all ensuite with four poster beds, fans and views. Or rooms in the Beach House right down on Chikale beach, with twin and triple rooms with four poster beds, stunning views and a wonderful large balcony with shared showers and toilets. Njaya Lodge was a magical spot. The kind of place you could wake up in one morning and realize that you were supposed to be back at work months ago. Swahili for 'the broken hearted' by Peter More (Bantam Books). ... more   less 
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