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Lifuwu village, Leopard Bay, Salima Malawi
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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Salima
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The Friendly Gecko Guest House offers you the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Lake Malawi and experience authentic Malawian village life. Our Guest House is located in the village of Lifuwu right on the shores of Lake Malawi. We are around 2 hours by car away from Lilongwe or a 20 minute car ride to the nearby Senga Bay resorts.
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Lifuwu village, Leopard Bay, Salima Malawi
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Pernille C wrote a review Oct 2018
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During my backpacking trip through Malawi I stayed at the Friendly Gecko for one night (Thursday night before Lake of Stars began Friday). As I understood it, the Friendly Gecko is primarily for people staying for longer periods of time while doing volunteer work in the area (the Friendly Gecko itself has a LOT of awesome projects going on). Probably because of this fact, the place seemed a bit more “homey” than other places - it was obvious that somebody was actually having their everyday lives there and therefor the living room, bathroom and kitchen was not as tidied up as you would see most places - but it was clean, pleasant to be in and of course the dorm rooms was tidied up and ready for guests - and with towels on the beds! (I don’t know how to describe the place without it maybe having a negative sound to it - but really, it was a nice place). I was traveling with a group of people. We arrived after dark (I think it was 8 or 9 pm) and with no food whatsoever. We accidentally woke up some of the volunteers staying there, but there was no negativity about it and they even gave us some (a lot of) pasta to cook for dinner. We all stayed in one room with bunk beds having space for six people and though a fan in the room it was extremely warm in there (which was also due to the season just being warm). Next morning there was a nice breakfast buffet. I wanted to go to swim, but was told that of course I could if I would, but it would be frowned upon by the locals if I did not cover my body up, as it is a Muslim area. I didn’t go swim and I was happy with my decision when later going to the nearby village and Salima. I wore shorts ending just above my knees and I did have some looks. (But really, it was my own fault not paying attention to my clothes and my surroundings - so just make sure to wear appropriate clothes while there.) All in all, I enjoyed my stay at the Friendly Gecko!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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RobynMichaels wrote a review Feb 2016
Chicago28 contributions15 helpful votes
This is actually a very large home that acomodates volunteers with the organization help2kids. There is a nice kitchen and bath, all is shared. Most rooms are dorm rooms. Transport only goes twice a day, on an unpaved (at this writing) road.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Olwagen wrote a review Dec 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions2 helpful votes
I chose the Friendly Gecko because of their active involvement in social upliftment of the Lifuwe Village. I was not dissapointed in fact I was pleasantly surprised.This is real Africa and the people are warm and accommodating,The views are splendid and the beach of the bay a few steps away.Although I was on a business trip I could not help to push my schedule in order to spend more time in Leopard Bay. I ventured into the village and beyond driving myself. I shall be back.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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heels2014 wrote a review Nov 2015
Lilongwe, Malawi6 contributions3 helpful votes
Great place to stay with a fantastic location and cool mission. Expect a few volunteers for their partner organization to be living there full time, but this doesn't detract from the experience at all. Hard to beat the location as it's in the heart of an authentic Malawian fishing village and right on the lake!
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Tamzee wrote a review May 2014
Lilongwe, Malawi4 contributions
Friendly hosts......friendly volunteers......recommended budget accommodation for a peaceful lake experience...... Incase you are lost, the villagers around the place are always willing to assist with directions. Also recommend everyone to visit this side of Senga bay more often as there is an extensive beach and great views.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from FriendlyGecko, Manager at The Friendly Gecko
Responded May 19, 2014
Thank you so much for the feedback and taking the time to write a review! We are so glad that you had a peaceful experience at our Guest House as we strive to create a tranquil environment for those hoping to escape the city for a few days of calm and relaxation. Lake Malawi and the beaches are indeed wonderful in this area and on clear days it is fun to see the other shores of Malawi across the Lake. We hope to host you again in the future! Thanks for choosing to stay at the Friendly Gecko!
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Glenttravels wrote a review Apr 2014
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Three of us stayed at the Friendly Gecko for a week while conducting research in the Salima region. It was great being amongst friendly volunteers and Carli and Francesca made us feel at home and helped us out with local knowledge. On the beach and comfy dorm rooms and beds.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from FriendlyGecko, Manager at The Friendly Gecko
Responded Apr 26, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad that the Friendly Gecko could be a home base for you and your colleagues while you conducted your research. We strive to create a welcoming and relaxing environment for our guests and it is great that you were able to enjoy both our volunteers and staff. Thanks again for choosing to stay at the Friendly Gecko! We hope to see you again in the future if your research or travels bring you to Malawi again.
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Lorenzo K wrote a review Feb 2014
Luzerne, Pennsylvania1 contribution1 helpful vote
Me and my friend were pretty happy to stay at The Friendly Gecko in Malawi. Clean, facilities good price. Excellent for our purpose, as we wanted to do lots of sightseeing around the Lake. The space was nice size and quiet, safe. We found some good stuff,useful materials. It was nice to have a kitchen to make our own meals when we wanted. Finally, our stay was very pleasant, thank you very much!
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from FriendlyGecko, Manager at The Friendly Gecko
Responded Feb 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and provide us with feedback! We are so glad our Guest House provided you and your friend the chance to explore Lake Malawi. Our kitchen is central to the Guest House and we are happy you were able to utilize it during your stay. We will continue to strive towards excellence in giving all our travelers the comfortable and safe experience that you enjoyed. Thanks again for choosing the Friendly Gecko!
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KeenanL wrote a review Feb 2014
Dublin, Ireland716 contributions324 helpful votes
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I stayed here for 6 weeks in the private cottage while volunteering with Help2Kids. The Private cottage was very nice. There was a big comfy bed, a black board on the wall and a small sofa. The house itself is really nicely decorated and feels very homely. The paintings on the walls are very cool. The kitchen has all the stuff you need to cook. The house was always very clean, and the private cottage was cleaned every day. The garden leads right onto the beach which is beautiful. The sunrise over the lake every morning is just incredible. Everyone who works at the Friendly Gecko is really friendly, and Annette's cooking is delicious (I still think about her amazing bread rolls!). The Guesthouse is only a 5 minute walk from the market in Lifuwu.
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Date of stay: June 2013
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Response from FriendlyGecko, Manager at The Friendly Gecko
Responded Feb 2, 2014
Thank you so much for the feedback and taking the time to write a review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the accommodations here at the Guest House and that the decor gave the House a fun and cozy feel. We strive to create a welcoming and relaxing environment. Watching the sunrise over Lake Malawi is certainly a great way to fully appreciate Malawi's natural beauty (and since we are right on the Lake you can crawl right back into bed afterwards!). I will pass along your kind words to Annette. I assure you her bread rolls are still delicious, as are her newest discovery, pancakes! Thanks again for your time and we hope to see you here again in the future!
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Matilda118 wrote a review Jan 2014
London, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
First of all, It was such a great idea to explore Malawian villages - I've never seen so many people with smiles on their faces. I went there with a friend of mine for my winter holidays. From the moment we arrived, the hospitality was amazing. A generous and friendly welcome, very clean rooms, good food and very reasonable prices. We choose this guest house because it is very close to the lake of Malawi, a perfect place to relax. There is wi-fi so I can still check my business online. It is a guest house I can thoroughly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Response from FriendlyGecko, Manager at The Friendly Gecko
Responded Jan 18, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and provide us with feedback! We are very glad that you enjoyed your experience with us here at the guest house as well as exploring the wonderful community we are located in. Your kind comments regarding our hospitality are very rewarding and much appreciated as we strive to provide all of our guests with a warm and welcoming experience. Thanks again for choosing to stay at the Friendly Gecko!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at The Friendly Gecko?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Friendly Gecko?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Friendly Gecko?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.