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Kara O'Mula Country Lodge

Chichiri, Blantyre 8 | PO Box 80095, Blantyre, Malawi
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a recommendation from another lodge - we decided to try Cara's after our mountain activities on Mulange. The check-in staff were half asleep and after viewing the standard and ironically named executive rooms - we choose the higher priced version. The room was more of less clean but the shower leaked everywhere. We had lunch and dinner at the... More 

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Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This hotel is situated in Mulanje (not Blantyre) and has a great view. The rooms were quite basic but clean enough. The food and service were fine. The swimming pool was not too appealing but there are guides that will take you up to the waterfalls at the gate.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Having read excellent reviews I was really keen to try out this place. The surroundings were absolutely lovely and very peaceful. The pool was nice but small and only really for dipping in and out. There was also no sun loungers only chairs and benches so difficult to relax/ sunbathe. We stayed in a basic room in the main building... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Stayed here in 2010 and returned in September 2014. Place needs rejuvenating. Tired and nothing changed in 4 years so beginning to feel run down. Food just ok. Don't book half board. B&B and buying a meal works out much cheaper?

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The location is perfect and the staff friendly, although they do not really understand English. No wifi,no first aid kit, worst food in Malawi. Fleas and bed bugs. The view makes up for it, but the bathrooms are disgusting. If you are a young European backpacker you won't mind and still think you are getting great value for money. The... More 

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Orem, Utah
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18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lodging in Mulanje can be pretty barebones, but the Kara O'Mula is an oasis to Western travelers. I have stayed there on four different occasions for multiple nights, and I recommend it to anyone traveling in the area. The sleeping quarters have showers (and usually hot water) and mosquito nets on the bed. There is toilet paper, sheets, pillowcases. There... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I wanted to see the main attraction mount Mulanje and decided to perch here for the night! It was a great experience. It is one of the greenest places in Malawi and beautiful. The swimming pool is directly fed by the water from the fresh springs. The staff was very helpful and friendly and the rooms were quite spacious. You... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great location @ the foothills - unfortunately it rained all day and night whilst we were there so cudnt maximise on the facilities. Wasnt too happy with the room rates as they specify as double room (we were 2)and when we had an extra person to add to the room they charged per person so the cost went higher as... More 

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Toronto
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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed for one night as a base for visits to the tea plantations and Mt Mulanje. The location is lovely. We had a great view from our cabin. However, the cabin itself was quite rundown and shabby. We found the restaurant to be terrible both for food and service at dinner. Breakfast was adequate. I would like to commend... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Our group of 12 from the US and Canada stayed at Kara O'Mula on a volunteer vacation with Habitat for Humanity. After our days building houses in the village Kara was a welcome retreat. The grounds are beautiful and the views also fantastic. We found the accommodations perfectly adequate, the beds were comfortable and there was hot water for the... More 

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