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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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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I agree with Patrick. It is full of teenagers volunteering, nothing wrong with that, but if you are looking for a place to stay for a few days, go somewhere else. The place needs a lot of maintenance, cleaning, upkeep, etc... The toilets are compost and that is fine except that it is always out of the leaves and ashes... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

While Butterfly has a great location, the focus of the place seems to be on the volunteer opportunities available rather than on the Lodge/Backpacker experience (not that there is anything wrong with that). The entire Butterfly Lodge could use some investment in upkeep, cleanliness, and organization. If you are looking to volunteer and work with the community during your travels,... More

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Nazca, Peru
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Having just finished my travels, I will remember fondly of this place. Felt very welcomed from the start and the have some really good community projects which they run so you gain an insight into how life is in this part of the world. They introduced me to a local school were I stayed for 3 weeks to help assist... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I stayed at all three of the Backpacker places in Nkhata Bay and this was by far my favourite. I had my own little cabin with a lakeside view for a very reasonable price. The atmosphere is lovely and they have hot showers - which you don't get next door - and reasonably priced food. The community work done here... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 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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12 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

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
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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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Address: Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Northern Region > Nkhata Bay
Also Known As:
Butterfly Lodge Malawi/Nkhata Bay

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