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Butterfly Lodge

Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Butterfly Lodge
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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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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

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Observatory, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 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.

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Haenertsburg, Limpopo, South Africa
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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San Francisco, California
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34 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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