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Danforth Yachting
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Cape Maclear Road | Stand CM10, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi   |  
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Holiday in Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

we had an excellent experience to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! it was our second visit to Danforth and that was why my husband chose it for our anniversary! We knew the hospitality that will wait for us, provided by Howard and MIchelle. Danforth is small enough to feel special and big enough to have privacy. We are 50+ and I still enjoyed snorkelling, swiming sailing and Howard taught me to ski - for the first time in my life! We ate good, wholesome food, we went out on the spotless yacht, Mufasa at sunset and saw the Fisheagles catch fish .... it is just an idyllic get-away . the rooms are spotless and spacious - it was just good and one big pleasure!

Room Tip: All the rooms I think are good - some are family rooms and have more beds.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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dundee scotland
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Support the views entirely of other reviewers. Michelle and Howard are superb and welcoming hosts and during our three day stay we were made to feel 'part of the family'. Wide range of water related activities available with support from highly qualified Howard including sailing and diving. The quality and the range of the food provided were excellent. Hotel's location on the beach was beautiful and wifi is available. Will return.

Room Tip: all rooms are excellent with air conditioning
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

The best time we (party of 8) ever had on a weekend away. Things run so smoothly there it is unbeleivable. The food just exeeded my wildest expectations and so did the service, the rooms and the general attitude and friendliness of the staff and the owners. This is one of those places where you have to go to to truly appreciate it and we still think "Wow" that was awesome...!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

We have just completed a 7 month Trans-Africa Adventure on our motorcycles and we stayed at Danforth Yachting in Malawi between the 20th and 24th November 2011. This is a wonderful place to stay and we highly recommend it!

We heard about Danforth when we were trying to organise travel through Malawi during the petrol crisis. A friend we met in Moçambique phoned Howard, the owner, and asked if he could advise on the fuel situation and help us out if necessary. From that moment on, our Malawi trip was on. Howard not only organised fual for us at his place, but also arranged various stops for us through the country where we could find fuel.

When we arrived at Danforth, Howard greeted us and gave us his undivided attention during our stay. Jan cooked and served up an excellent variety of delicious food and Pippa was a charming and attentive hostess. The rooms were large, comfortable and spotless with air-conditioning. The pool was amazing, right next to the beach and the grounds were kept in pristine order.

Howard and Michelle went beyond the call of duty to make our stay comfortable and help us achieve our onward journey through Malawi. They checked on road conditions and got us up to date information from their contacts through Malawi about accessiblity of places for motorbikes further up the country.

The staff at Danforth was friendly and relaxed and seemed to be happy and content, unlike some other white-owned lodges we've visited in Africa. The easy hospitality and attention to detail made it feel like we were visiting with old friends. In our travels through Africa we've stayed in a few top-end places but Danforth Yachting has been, without a doubt, the best value for money during our entire journey. It is pure indulgence and everyone there seems to enjoy what they do.

A word of advice - on the road to Danforth it's possible that you'll be approached by one or two sellers of trinkets, keyrings, curios, etc. It's best not to make any off-hand agreement to meet them later when you've settled in as they will take this as an invitation to keep visiting you and Howard and his staff then have to ask them to leave so as not to disturb you. There are lots of places to buy curios and support the local tradespeople in Cape Maclear and Howard will be happy to advise you on how to buy whatever you want locally without disrupting your peaceful stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We had the most wonderful stay at Cape Maclear starting off our honeymoon. Danforth is in a beautiful location where you can enjoy total relaxation while benefiting from all of the activities that the lake provides.

What really made our stay was the kind and hospitable attitude of Michelle and Howard (I'm afraid that I don't recognise the criticisms that I have seen on here at all). For example, the day that we left Danforth after a great stay, we picked up on the grapevine that there were problems around the availability of petrol in the area that we were heading to - Howard called ahead to arrange for someone to save some petrol for us to ensure that we didn't have difficulties. Then he also helped us out by arranging a lovely stop-off for the next stage in our honeymoon. Nothing was too much trouble. They really are wonderful hosts.

So all in all thanks for a wonderful trip.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011 via mobile

I chose Danforth for 4 nights relaxation at the end of a trip to Malawi where I had spent some time working with an orphanage. I am so pleased I did. Michelle and Howard were excellent hosts and Pippa and Jan looked after me so well, especially when I succumbed to a stomach bug at the end of the trip. The food was lovely and the location quite serene.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

I was part of the same group as the reviewer below. Great place in general but the treatment of our party at the end of our stay (having hired out the enitre place for two nights) was frankly bizzare, extremely rude and embarrassing for our Malawi-based guests... Danforth is the nicest looking place in Cape Maclear (and the only place with a pool) but, as below, make sure you don't stay past check-out time (even briefly!)...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cape Maclear Road | Stand CM10, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Cape Maclear
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Danforth Yachting 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Danforth Yachting, situated on the beach at Cape Maclear bordering the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb lakeside accommodation. Danforth is both a luxury lodge and a Malawi yacht charter company. The Lodge has eight spacious, en-suite rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular lake views. Swimming pool, watersports, scuba diving and sailing. Double, twin and family en-suite, air conditioned rooms. Great hosting. Excellent meals. Full board. Bar with DSTV. The live-aboard catamaran yacht Mufasa, a 10 berth luxury yacht, is available for crewed yacht charters to the far corners of Lake Malawi. ... more   less 
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