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Lake Malawi National Park, Nankoma Island Malawi
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A WILD ISLAND PARADISE: the exclusive Blue Zebra Island Lodge is situated on Nankoma Island, part of the Marelli Archipelago in Lake Malawi National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site). The perfect getaway for nature lovers looking for a combination of adventure and relaxation in a tranquil, private setting. The 3 islands are home to a vast array of fresh water fish, including some of the most rare and colorful in the world. The islands support diverse flora and fauna and are a bird watcher's paradise. A unique set-up with 9 en-suite safari-style tented chalets and 1 Superior Cottage overlooking the lake. Secluded executive chalets boast stunning views from private balconies, some with lake access. The chalets are set in an unspoiled environment, immersed in nature. Activities: nature trails, birding, kayaking, snorkeling, wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, sunset cruise, seasonal scuba diving. Relaxing at the infinity pool & cocktail bar or chilling out on the hammocks.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Pool with view
Free breakfast
Beach
Badminton
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference facilities
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Darts
Spa
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Laundry service
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Private beach
Private balcony
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Lake Malawi National Park, Nankoma Island Malawi
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Lilongwe Intl Airport56 miSee all flights
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Deborah G wrote a review Jul 2022
Cambridge, United Kingdom33 contributions14 helpful votes
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Blue Zebra Island Lodge was our last stop on a wonderful tour of Southern Malawi from the UK. Having booked our trip in 2019 and had to rebook 4 times because of covid restrictions I had looked at photos on the hotel's website many times over the interim to boost lockdown morale! It actually exceeded my expectations which were very high! This was the best of Malawian hospitality. The service from all the staff members was exceptional. Everyone was really friendly The food was outstanding with original, imaginative and delicious choices and we enjoyed the cocktails including the special pink caipirinha! Our tented chalet- Cormorant was well appointed with beautiful views over the lake and a hammerkop nest by the entrance to the decking. The gardens are beautifully cared for. We found plenty to occupy us over our 4 night stay. We loved swimming in both the lake and the pool. The trails around and over the island are well maintained and give great access to nature. We were able to watch a red duiker just ahead of us on one trail and numerous birds and exotic (to us!) plants. We enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling - both from the beach and on a boat trip which we combined with a sundowner although the best sunsets we experienced were simply from the bar/pool area. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks to all the team Highly recommended
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jul 12, 2022
Wow, this was a very long wait to finally visit Malawi, but we are so grateful that you persevered and eventually got here! Thank you for taking the time to leave this incredible review. Our team really enjoyed hosting you and are all delighted with your feedback. Zikomo Kwambiri (thank you very much)!
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granthudson wrote a review Jun 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions2 helpful votes
I have just been lucky enough to visit Blue Zebra again, and this time with my daughter in tow. As was the case before the accommodation was superb, the food was excellent and the gardens and facilities were well-maintained and gorgeous. A really special place to relax and unwind - and if you are a bird-watcher, there is plenty to see.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: We have stayed in both Cormorant and Fish Eagle and both are fantastic, private rooms with great...
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Jul 12, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review, and for visiting Blue Zebra again! We look forward to welcoming you back, especially when the African Pitta returns.
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stefan s wrote a review Jun 2022
41 contributions3 helpful votes
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Absolutely stunning von A-Z. I know most of the lodges in Malawi but this is a class on its own. I didnot expect so much beauty. Birds and lizards everywhere, fish eagles flying, and a great choice of accomodation types, from wild platforms over the water's edge to luxurious villas with world class views. Beautiful garden with hammocks but also wild footpaths with pure nature. Fantastic food, big portions and great choices also for vegetarians. Staff is delightful and organization worked on the minute. Really, I cannot think of anything negative. Lake Malawi can be rough but this adds to the fun of going there. 100 % recommendation, one of the best lodges and most beautiful spots of Malawi.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: If you have problem with the sound of waves go for those in the garden.
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Jun 6, 2022
Thank you for visiting Malawi, and for this magical review. Our team really enjoyed hosting your group and we are all delighted to hear how you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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RomanaMalawi wrote a review Mar 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi3 contributions1 helpful vote
As a local, I can say with confidence that Blue Zebra never fails to disappoint. We often plan trips away but always come back to Nankhoma Island despite having a house on the bay. The staff are excellent and do their utmost to accommodate you, the food is wonderful and the setting is truly beautiful. Always a perfect getaway, always a memorable stay. Thanks again to the team for a wonderful weekend!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jun 6, 2022
Thank you for coming back to Blue Zebra! It is always a pleasure to host you and we look forward to your next visit soon.
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MalawiMike2014 wrote a review Feb 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi329 contributions16 helpful votes
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Another amazing experience at Blue Zebra from start to finish! Jen in reservations was fantastic and very accommodating with our constant changes :-)! Upon arrival, Ken welcomed us with a delicious mocktail and comprehensive briefing. It was great to see that Brian, the magician behind the bar is still creating delicious cocktails. My favorite was “The Otter”. The food is still exceptional. I had almost forgotten how good the fish tacos are… all the staff are well trained and friendly, and generally there is a great ambience. There are some nice new touches since I last visited, especially the new “sunset pool” and off the grid solar! And of course the stunning location is still the same :-) Thanks team Blue Zebra for another enjoyable stay!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Feb 23, 2022
Thank you for visiting us again and for your fantastic review. It's always a pleasure to host you and we look forward to your next visit.
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Jack Offroad wrote a review Feb 2022
Brno, Czech Republic16 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent three perfect days here. It was our best place to relax in Malawi. We had the best and largest accommodation on the island. What more could we ask for. The staff, food, service were absolutely great. We hope to return someday ...
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Feb 3, 2022
Thank you for visiting Malawi, especially during a time when travel had many obstacles to overcome with flight changes, COVID tests etc.! You made it all the way to Nankoma Island and we are glad to hear you enjoyed the Blue Zebra experience. Thank you for your review and excellent photographs. We look forward to welcoming you back one day.
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Kristy L wrote a review Jan 2022
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We just returned from a two night stay on the island with friends. The staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Meals were excellent and the kitchen catered well to my and my husband’s dietary restrictions. The kids (and parents 😁) all had a blast engaging in the various activities that were available. I HIGHLY recommend at least one visit to this gem of a vacation spot!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Jan 25, 2022
Thank you for visiting and for sharing your Blue Zebra experience. Your group were wonderful to host and we hope to welcome you all back soon.
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single0nsafari wrote a review Jan 2022
England, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
Wake to birdsong and the fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves. I give it solid marks for the hospitable service, friendly staff and res team, excellent f&b on offer, resort facilities, comfortable tents with views, heavenly spa overlooking masked weavers that frolic in the reeds and range of watersport activities. Also worth noting the res team are well-placed to offer support Ito PCR testing. The Blue Zebra is 100% a must visit when travelling to the warm heart of Africa, Malawi. A tranquil, island resort on the lake, twin-centred with a top river safari lodge like Tongole WR in the nearby Nkotakota Reserve.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Blue Zebra Island Lodge, General Manager at Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Responded Jan 7, 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review! Yes we are fortunate to be close to Tongole Wilderness Reserve and this makes for a great Wilderness and Lake combination. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back someday!
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Madalitso Aline... M wrote a review Nov 2021
Mangochi, Malawi34 contributions2 helpful votes
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Serenity at its best. Went for a weekend to cool off from a busy schedule and it’s exactly what I got. The place is a beauty, the rooms magnificent( I like that they are not close to each other), great food and drinks and amazing customer service. Best place to be when you just want to be close to nature and looking for some quietness.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Don’t miss out the sunset cruise and the trail hike they provide best views.
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Responded Dec 2, 2021
Thank you for this spectacular review Madalitso! You captured the Blue Zebra experience so well with these photographs too. We hope to welcome you back for a relaxing retreat soon.
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Kelly K wrote a review Nov 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
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We had an incredible 3 nights at Blue Zebra; what a magic place! Highlights included the absolutely delicious food, watching exquisite sunsets from the balcony of our secluded, beautiful room, an early morning kayak, and the friendly staff (Bryan at the bar is a champion cocktail maker!). Exceptional service and scenery all round. We travelled to a few places in Malawi (including Cape Maclear and Mumbo Island) and can confidently say Blue Zebra was the best!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 18, 2021
Thank you for your magical review! We are honoured to be your best spot in Malawi. Thank you for sharing your Blue Zebra experience!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Zebra Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Zebra Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Zebra Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Zebra Island Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blue Zebra Island Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool with a view during their stay.
Is Blue Zebra Island Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Nankoma Island.
Does Blue Zebra Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.