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“Unique spot on the beautiful lake”
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Gecko Lounge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Maclear
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Unique spot on the beautiful lake”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Was the ideal spot we picked for a drink after a long drive in the heat - lovely atmosphere overlookin the calm waters and the xtra touch was the band calling themselves Westlife playing the Waka Waka for us...friendly staff and we had delicious pancakes served with honey and lemon.... Will def return ...

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Swellendam, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We loved staying at Gecko so much that we went back at the end of our holiday and stayed another 3 nights! There are 2 chalets on the waterfront and some rooms at the back . We stayed in one of the chalets and sat on the porch overlooking the water. Gecko is set inside Chembe village in Cape Maclear. There are other similar accommodation options, but why bother? The food at Gecko is good, the music they play in the open air bar and dining and Lounge area is discreet but stunning. The waiters and management are extremely helpful and friendly and will even teach you how to play Bowa, Malawi's board game! The only downside of the entire Cape Maclear area is that there is Bilharzia in the water close to the land. We rented a kayak from Kayak Africa to row into the lake to go and snorkel. Otherwise the advise is to take Praziquantel 8 weeks after the last swim - but check this with your own doctor!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Namsos, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2013

Nice place by the Lake. Situated in the middle of the village,many locals who want do break a deal with the tourists. Perfect stop on the way to Mumbo Island. The road to Monkey bay is very bumpy the last kilometers, but it`s pays of in the end.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

My friends and I visited Gecko lounge for 2 nights and the services was great. We liked the chalets, simple and clean and comfortable. We had all our meals at the restaurant where they have the most delicious pizzas and burgers. You must try the super gecko pizza and the chilli sauce beef burger. The best food we had while we were in Malawi. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, attended to all our requests. Be prepared to dance the night away as you have some drinks at the bar, but dont worry when you are ready to sleep, the music cant be heard from the chalets. However, in the morning there is a lot of noise coming from the village, children playing etc and might disturb your sleep.
But that did not taint our image of the place. We had a good variety of activities, the sunset cruise, snorkeling, feeding the fish eagle- as our boat "captain/chef" prepared some fresh fish for us to eat by the water.
Thanks Gecko Lounge crew, we totally enjoyed ourselves.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Maputo, Mozambique
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I heard that Gecko Lounge made the best Pizza in Malawi, so I decided to go an check it out for myself. Their Pizza is the best and I even took one for take away :)
I am not sure what their rooms look like as I did not stay there, but from what I could see it looked very comfortable and clean.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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512 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

I came here with a big group of friends for dinner and the food was very nice. The pizzas were great. The service was good and quite fast.
The view out over the lake is also amazing, especially around sunset.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Definitely the best pizzas and hamburgers I have had in Malawi, but don't be in a rush after ordering...
A very busy spot with friendly staff, and a popular restaurant and bar, but definitely not for older people looking for a quiet holiday spot. But I recommend everyone visiting Malawi to go to Chembe Village at least once to experience the life in a fisherman's village. The locals are living right next door to Gecko Lounge; they are washing themselves, dishes and clothes in the lake. Not the best spot to swim and snorkel, but going on a boat trip from Gecko Lounge to snorkel at Otter Point or Thumbe Island is a must.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Gecko Lounge
Address: | Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Maclear
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prices: $90 Chalets $75 Rooms $15 Reed room per person Gecko Lounge is the only place to be at the weekends in Malawi - situated on the shores of Lake Malawi in Chembe Village in Cape Maclear (near Monkey bay). We have 2 self catering en-suite lakeside chalets & 4 x en-suite rooms & the Reed Room which is perfect for groups, families & travelers on a budget (sleeps 8 in private sections). We also have an already legendary Bar, damn fine restaurant & pizza oven, diving & kayaks, hi-speed wi-fi internet access, boat trip organization.... we do it all basically.... ... more   less 
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