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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was tasty, we only had the choice of fish because it was a black out but it was very tasty so that was fine. As with all meals during a black out it takes a long time to cook but that's completely understandable. Geckos is a nice place for chilled out drinks, the price of drinks is... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Wonderful selection of pizzas. Other food is also available. We had heard in Blantyre about the pizza, so we ordered some. We were not disappointed! Everyone at the table enjoyed their food. Some of the party returned the following night for an encore!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

For $100 USD we had a one-night stay in chalet 1. It was reasonably equipped with a 2 ring electric stove, kettle and fridge etc for self-catering, however the power was off 80% of the time we were there. The mosquito net had holes in it and didn't cover round the whole bed. It also had spiders in it. The... More 

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Thank steph_L_Sharp
Stephen W, General Manager at Gecko Lounge, responded to this review

We are disappointed that our client was unhappy with her stay at Gecko Lounge and acknowledge that the small boys on the beach can cause disturbance at times. Our staff are always on hand to chase the offenders away and the guest's comfort and peace are paramount to our policies. The rooms and their equipment is maintained daily and damages... More 

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I spent one night in the hotel here and came here another night for dinner. The much heralded pizzas was a highlight. They are good, though a bit expensive, particularly compared with other places in Cape Maclear. If you're in town for a bit, though, it can provide a nice change of pace. I would recommend coming for a meal.... More 

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Stephen W, General Manager at Gecko Lounge, responded to this review

Gecko Lounge has a reputation for being a place to relax and enjoy peace and quiet. It does however have evening parties periodically but these are advertised well in advance and people booking for those nights are advised of this. Noise from the village is inevitable but we do try to keep curio sellers and other traders away from guests... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Came here a couple of times for the pizzas because they were so good. Also had some delicious garlic bread. The scene is beautiful, raised and looking out over the lake whilst having food and the staff were all very friendly.

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

very friendly, helpful staff. Accommodation basic but clean and hot shower was a bonus. Geckos is in a prime lake side location. The food was vey good an it seemed popular with passing trade. The only down side at Geckos was the constant tormenting you recieve from local vendors. The management at Geckos were good at keeping them away from... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We stopped here for a lunch and were pleasantly surprised. The place is very nice. It is located in the middle of the village and has a direct access to a beautiful beach. We ordered a local fish which was excellent.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

The pizza is great here and everyone is so friendly. You sit on a deck overlooking the lake. Great place to chill and drink for a day out. Really impressive and I will definitely be back on my next visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I spent five nights here in the dorm by myself. Whilst a little more expensive than other places, the dorm is separated into mini rooms of two or three beds, so you have privacy. The restaurant is amazing, the catfish always freshly caught and well cooked. If you fancy something bigger the pizza is well worth getting. Service isn't too... More 

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Stephen W, Owner at Gecko Lounge, responded to this review

It is great to know that those travelling alone feel safe with us. We do try hard to ensure that people are left alone if they want to be alone. Thank you for your comments. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Great food, great music, great environment and directly on the beach. Even people not staying at the lodge itself are drawn for the above. We met lots of fellow travellers from around the world and were able to organise trips. Loved it.

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Prices: $90 Chalets $75 Rooms $15 Reed room per person 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 

Additional Information about Gecko Lounge

Address: Chembe Villgae, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Price Range: $18 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Gecko Lounge Malawi/Cape Maclear
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