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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This relaxed friendly lodge is an incredible place - a beautiful mix of volunteers involved in Butterfly's community projects and tourists relaxing on the lakeshore. Butterfly has many things going for it - excellent location with a private beach, good value for money, excellent food, environmental sustainability, the list goes on. But above all these things is the unique community... More 

1 Thank Harry C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

As with any backpackers, the atmosphere is heavily dependent on the people there at the time, but butterfly seems to have this sussed especially due to the small group of semi-permanents here who live, work and / or volunteer in the area! We used the ensuite, the only room with a shower and toilet. Dinner is at the chefs whim,... More 

1 Thank GLangerak
Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Butterfly Space isn't for everyone but I thought it was great. It is run as an ethical community project funded through the lodge activities which makes it a very friendly and inclusive place to stay with high environmental standards throughout the grounds. The huts are really quaint and the view of the sunrise over Mozambique is sublime. Food is great... More 

Thank Gill W
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Butterfly Lodge is a great place ideally located on the beautiful Lake Malawi. The lodges are nestled into the hills running down to the lake and can make use of the lodge bar/restaurant, shower and toilets. The lodge has a sustainable ethos and the facilities are designed as such. The lodge owner was friendly and the staff helpful and welcoming.... More 

Thank Mark B
Dereham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Josie and Alice co-owners of Butterfly have worked hard to create this not for profit volunteer lodge and are very hands on. Each morning staff were seen sweeping and cleaning all the communal areas & the compost toilets always had ash and leaves available. I stayed for 2 weeks while visiting my daughter who is on a 12 month volunteer... More 

Thank jockjemfern
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I agree with a few of the reviewers,the lodge could do with a general tidy up etc BUT,it does alow travellers to stay at a discounted price and work/ volunteer in the local area. The community meals at night are a good idea; helps you get to know the others staying at the lodge,otherwise they don't mind you doing your... More 

Thank JULES44Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We loved our stay at butterfly. We could almost jump into the lake from out chalet balcony, it really was beautiful. The staff are some of the friendliest I've met, giving the place a really happy and chilled vibe. Would definitely recommend.

2 Thank Garyandsammie1
Observatory, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We loved this place, it is a backpackers choice. We camped, 5 meters from the lake. Seriously awesome. People are relatively friendly. If you ask, they will help, but patience is needed. Thanks Butterfly.

2 Thank bibilangkous
Haenertsburg, Limpopo, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Butterfly space did not feel like a hotel or even backpackers. Arriving there, it looked abandoned and unclean, their "beach" was full of rubbish and in generally seemed un-cared for. The rooms were basic and not very clean whilst their service was almost non-existent and poor. Although the lodge did seem to attract a large volunteer crowd, they seem to... More 

3 Thank Tristan O
San Francisco, California
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101 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 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 

2 Thank nomade123
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