We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gecko Lounge

Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Hotel amenities
Book on
TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Cape Maclear
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Gecko Lounge
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

61 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Narre Warren, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our family (2 adults and 2 small kids) stayed here for several weeks, as my husband has family in the area who we were spending time with. We chose one of the self-catering chalets. We found a small fridge, toaster, kettle and a decent selection of cooking equipment there (an electric cook-top, pots and pans, frying pan, crockery and cutlery... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mishelle P
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit the lounge most amazing time of my life best food best views best party vib will return very soon promise Oh the sunset is the best ever staff very friendly and will always assist you

Helpful?
1 Thank Clint B
Level Contributor
53 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

My friends and I stayed in one of the dorm rooms. The rooms had nice nets and en-suite bathrooms which came in handy. The rooms are more expensive compared to other dorms on Cape Maclear but honestly Gecko's is slightly nicer. I enjoyed the food at Gecko's as well. They have a nice burger. If I had other friends staying... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kimberly S
Lusaka, Zambia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I didn't stay at the property but came for the day for lunch. The food was wonderful. I had the fresh fish of the day pan fried and it was delicious. My friend had a burger and thoroughly enjoyed her meal as well. The staff were friendly and it was not a long wait for our food. The view is... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank globetrottingemilia
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

This place was amazing, everyone is so welcoming. When we went it was pretty quiet noone was there. The shop owners at the front sell some really nice gifts not to mention them selling at a good price. One criticism I have is that they didn't have some of the food we wanted but what we did receive we were... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sheena J
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

By far, best place to stay in Cape Mac. I've probably staying in all the lodges at Cape Mac, and this is the best in terms of affordability, cleanliness and service (don't expect western service standards). Usually all the parties happen here. The rooms are decent. The dorm rooms are clean. Food is great. Try their pizza!!!

Helpful?
Thank KaraHEARTJade
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

3 friends shared a family chalet with bathroom and it was perfect. Our room seemed newly painted, so guessing from the earlier reviews that they have updated. Didn't see any other rooms but met some people who stayed in the dorm and they were complimentary. The bar is really cool, and it's a good place to meet other people, we... More 

Helpful?
Thank VixterChixter
london
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This is one of the premier venues to chill in Cape MacLear. Pricey but worth it unless your travelling on a limited budget, great friendly staff and believe the rooms are OK, though never stayed there.

Helpful?
Thank captain_curley
Hamburg, Germany
Level Contributor
67 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We didn't sleep here but came several times for the parties or to visit the bar and restaurant. Directly at the shore of Lake Malawi. The restaurant area is overlooking the lake. A self-serving bar with a wide variety of drinks. The food is basic, pasta, pizza, burgers etc. but good. The parties are well known and popular.

Helpful?
2 Thank KickyM
England
Level Contributor
35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As with all locations at the Cape hard to get to without a 4x4 first 15ks or or so are on dirt road and can be very harsh on anything a 4x4 then there is a tarmac raod which is good, This brings you close to the village at the Cape and its ooff road time again. You do drive... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank CaptainSmirnoff
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

45 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (40)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (6)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (6)
Viewed
Room/suite (4)
Viewed
View from room (5)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Other (17)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (5)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Cape Maclear
0.0 mi away
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge
#2 of 3 in Mangochi
4.0 of 5 stars 50 reviews
0.0 mi away
Bridgeview Hotel & Conference Centre
0.0 mi away
President Walmont Hotel
President Walmont Hotel
#6 of 12 in Lilongwe
3.5 of 5 stars 25 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.3 mi away
The Funky Cichlid
The Funky Cichlid
#1 of 3 in Cape Maclear
4.5 of 5 stars 26 reviews
22.0 mi away
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
#1 of 1 in Maleri Island
4.5 of 5 stars 65 reviews
23.7 mi away
The Makokola Retreat
The Makokola Retreat
#1 of 3 in Mangochi
4.0 of 5 stars 94 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Near Gecko Lounge

Top-rated Restaurants Nearby
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities