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Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
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Gecko Lounge
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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41 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Stayed here a couple of times now and have always been impressed. Stayed at other lodges but still come here for meals/drinks or to chill out. Best bar and restaurant in Cape Maclear. Food is great here. If you fancy some Western food the pizzas are pricey (for Malawi) but amazing. The bar has really comfy seats on a jetty... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I've been only three days in Malawi and went for one day (one night) to the Lake Malawi. Stayed at Gecko Lounge only one night. Because of the bilharzia risk, I did not swim in the lake. But I did shower twice in my Gecko Lounge room. Next day my body skin was full of blisters, created by the entrance... More 

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The management of Gecko Lounge makes a concerted effort to ensure the comfort and safety of its clientele. The Health, Environment Education and Economic Development (HEEED) Malawi Bilharzia Research Station carries out regular tests on the entire water supply at Gecko Lounge. The most recent tests were carried out on 24th October 2014 in response to the public allegations made... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great location right on the beach, lovely sunsets. Pleasant staff and the clean water supplies welcome. The situation is right in the village which we enjoyed , although this means some noise at times, it does feel part of something not a tourist enclave. The arrangement with the rota of guides worked well,and we enjoyed a great boat trip.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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21 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While we stayed at Tuckaways, we went to Gecko lounge for our meals! The meals are great and affordable although when there is more people to serve the service can be quite slow so patience is needed. The staff was friendly and helpful! I enjoyed the kampango fillet and the mozzarella salad and garlic bread is worth trying!

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Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Nice accomodation at the Malawi Lake. Good and tasty food, friendly staf. The only thing what bothered us was that one of the staf-members went into our room without knocking at the door and just entered the room.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Was the ideal spot we picked for a drink after a long drive in the heat - lovely atmosphere overlookin the calm waters and the xtra touch was the band calling themselves Westlife playing the Waka Waka for us...friendly staff and we had delicious pancakes served with honey and lemon.... Will def return ...

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Swellendam, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We loved staying at Gecko so much that we went back at the end of our holiday and stayed another 3 nights! There are 2 chalets on the waterfront and some rooms at the back . We stayed in one of the chalets and sat on the porch overlooking the water. Gecko is set inside Chembe village in Cape Maclear.... More 

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Namsos, Norway
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Nice place by the Lake. Situated in the middle of the village,many locals who want do break a deal with the tourists. Perfect stop on the way to Mumbo Island. The road to Monkey bay is very bumpy the last kilometers, but it`s pays of in the end.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

My friends and I visited Gecko lounge for 2 nights and the services was great. We liked the chalets, simple and clean and comfortable. We had all our meals at the restaurant where they have the most delicious pizzas and burgers. You must try the super gecko pizza and the chilli sauce beef burger. The best food we had while... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I heard that Gecko Lounge made the best Pizza in Malawi, so I decided to go an check it out for myself. Their Pizza is the best and I even took one for take away :) I am not sure what their rooms look like as I did not stay there, but from what I could see it looked very... More 

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Address: Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Gecko Lounge Malawi/Cape Maclear

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