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“For Malawi- its preety good!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Maclear
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“For Malawi- its preety good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

a group of 5 of us stayed at Gecko this summer and had a great experience. we turned up quite late as we had travelled from mchinji on a broken bus with 2 road accidents! great fun!

we were welcomed by Simon the manager and went to our room which was great.
couple of pointers:
after spending amonth in Malawi we were all looking forward to the hot water- unfortunatly wasnt to warm, but i think its warmer at certain times of the day.
Food was really good and really cheap same with booze!
It was good to see that this place had a great relationship with the locals and fed the profits back in to the community.

music can be loud on a friday night, but it was all good.

beds comfortable and not to many mozzies! also none of us got to ill from the lake but we didnt go in the shallows.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

Gecko Lounge is a beautiful resort nestled into Chembe Village in Cape Maclear on the southern shores of Lake Malawi. By arrangement Gecko does private transfers from Lilongwe and Blantyre, although we chose to experience public transport. Public transport from Lilongwe will take the whole day, is confusing and very tiring, but is dirt cheap and allows one to see more of the countryside.

Although the active traveller could use Gecko as a base for many activities (kayaking, boat trips, walking, snorkelling, diving), we used the stay as a quiet refuge from busy city life. Gecko has every variety of hammock imaginable, a comfy deck lounge area with excellent music, sun loungers on a pristine freshwater beach, a well-stocked bar with satellite television, spectacular sunsets and reputably the best New Year's Eve party in Malawi.

The service we experienced at Gecko was outstanding. We constantly approached the managers for help and advice, and each time they helped and advised us happily as best they could. We felt all the staff at Gecko went the extra mile to make our stay more comfortable.

The rooms are spacious and are cleaned daily. Mosquito mesh is fitted to the rooms and mosquito nets protect the beds (we had no mosquito bites in our two week stay - incredible). The restaurant is one of the best in Cape Maclear, offering such luxuries as pizza!

We were also very impressed to see that Gecko Lounge is involved in many projects to develop the local community, including a project to provide safe drinking water in the village and another to provide mosquito nets to households to fight malaria.

Liked best: the relaxing atmosphere and pretty surrounds
Liked least: the heat of the day makes the rooms too hot for an afternoon siesta

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2008

Don't be fooled, getting to Cape Maclear can frustrate even the most seasoned of travellers, but it is tremendously and absolutely worth the effort. Gecko Lounge is perfectly located, great setup, with hosts that are discreet but always available and willing to help. The rooms are large and spotlessly clean, and the food by far the best we've had in Malawi. If you are keen to visit Cape Maclear, this is the only place to stay. In my humble opinion.

  • Liked — Location.
  • Disliked — Getting there (terrible roads, poor public transport)
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Maclear
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
Also Known As:
Gecko Lounge Malawi/Cape Maclear

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