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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 reviews 7 reviews
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Dublin, Ireland
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209 reviews 209 reviews
66 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I came here with a big group of friends for dinner and the food was very nice. The pizzas were great. The service was good and quite fast. The view out over the lake is also amazing, especially around sunset.

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Lilongwe, Malawi
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Definitely the best pizzas and hamburgers I have had in Malawi, but don't be in a rush after ordering... A very busy spot with friendly staff, and a popular restaurant and bar, but definitely not for older people looking for a quiet holiday spot. But I recommend everyone visiting Malawi to go to Chembe Village at least once to experience... 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): $
Also Known As:
Gecko Lounge Malawi/Cape Maclear

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Gecko Lounge is the only place to be at the weekends in Malawi - situated on the shores of Lake Malawi in Chembe Village in Cape Maclear (near Monkey bay). We have 2 self catering en-suite lakeside chalets & 4 x en-suite rooms & the Reed Room which is perfect for groups, families & travelers on a budget (sleeps 8 in private sections). We also have an already legendary Bar, damn fine restaurant & pizza oven, diving & kayaks, hi-speed wi-fi internet access, boat trip organization.... we do it all basically.... ... more   less 
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