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Gecko Lounge

Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Blantyre, Malawi
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gecko Lounge is a great place to chill during the day and party at night. The staff are super friendly and the location is close to perfect. Food is great and the menu changes on a daily basis. We happily spent a couple of afternoons sitting in the bar area, listening to the waves, drinking beers and eating pizza!

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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning view of Thumbi island, which makes for beautiful sunsets. Well stocked bar and great pizza. Room was a bit stuffy and being right next to local pop-up shops, you might get bothered to buy stuff all the time. Skyband wifi is available but we had to buy vouchers elsewhere.

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Lusaka, Zambia
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6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Loved my time at the Gecko Lounge. I went with a friend and we stayed in a 6 or 8 person dorm but it was so nice since we all had curtains to give us something like privacy. The food is very good and the prices very reasonable as well. The have a really nice deck where you could sit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went for a breather....A short stay made me want to stay longer.everything was just great. Warm people, affordable prices and great boat trip to the island where you are able to appreciate some rare species of fish found in Lake Malawi and feeding the Eagles. Good place to go if you looking for a get away 👍

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We spent a great week at the Geko in a beach front room with our our own sitting area, the air con was good and an absence of to many flying insects, the food in the rsturant was good with the specials changing every other night, the Geko also had a great sitting area overlooking the sands and sun beds... More 

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Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

Takes a while to get to cape Maclear but when you do the sunsets are worth the travel. Only here for two nights and I was the only guest so perhaps lacked the vibe I was expecting after reading the reviews. The staff are friendly and helpful, the bed comfy, the hammocks cool and the food tasty. I had fish... More 

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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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Geckolounge, Manager at Gecko Lounge, responded to this review

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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25 helpful votes 25 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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