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Butterfly Lodge

Nkhata Bay, Malawi
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I walked into butterfly and instantly felt part of the family. Alice and Josie were so welcoming. The rooms are clean and have great views over the lake. As a single traveller you can really get to meet and know people here with the communal meals and friendly atmosphere. Alongside the lodge there are a number of incredible volunteer projects... More

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have just recently left Butterfly after an incredible 5 month stay where I volunteered in the various community development projects which are at the very heart of this lodge. It was a pleasure and a very rewarding experience to be involved in such positive community work, whether that be teaching in the primary school onsite or coaching football to... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I stayed for a few nights in my own little wooden 'chalet' (the one on the photo), private balcony, lost in the tropical trees bordering the lake. Direct access to the lake where the waves crash gently all day and night giving a real oceanic feel to the place. The staff becomes friends, the dining space your living space, the... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for a month in feb 2014 and am hoping to return soon . The owners take on feedback really well and are constantly trying to improve the service they run . The lodge is beautiful and the toilets are much improved . The owners make you feel really welcome it also has really fun parties at the... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

As guided by the Lonely Planet, we expected quite a lot from Butterfly. However, even for Malawi, this place was dirty and lack lustre. Our room was not clean, the mosquito nets were full of holes and there were cockroaches everywhere. As I say, I know cockroaches can't always be avoided here but there was clearly no attempt to make... More

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I stayed here in January of 2014 for a month while I got involved in the brilliant community projects the lodge runs. The friendly owners helped me get involved with the youth club, in doing this I gained some lifelong memories of having fantastic fun with the local kids like building human pyramids, assault course competitions and treasure hunts! I... More

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dar el salamm
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We had high hopes for this place. When we arrived we were shown two rooms, both dark, small and old. The beds had not been made from the last residents and when we pointed this out the staff member seemed surprised and had to check with reception. There is building material all around the site including wood with nails sticking... More

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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Butterfly had been recommended to my group of friends and I by a couple of people and the Lonely Planet has it as it's 'top pick'. I honestly have no idea what all the fuss was about. We ended up renting the most expensive room as it was all they had left, but there was no lake view so it... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and were happy with our rooms. Comfortable and a reasonable price. The location is good, approximately 15 minutes walk into town. However, the toilets were dreadful. On most visits there was no toilet paper, there was never any soap. The scoops for the wood shavings/sawdust were badly cut water bottles which meant that when... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

When travelling you come across places that are nice. Sometimes you come across places that are great. Sometimes you come across paces that are special, and very very very rarely you come across a place that you can feel honoured enough to call your home. Butterfly space is such a place, and I feel honoured enough to say that I... More

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Also Known As:
Butterfly Lodge Malawi/Nkhata Bay
Address: Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Northern Region > Nkhata Bay
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty lodging in Nkhata Bay

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