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West Side of Cape Maclear Beach, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park Malawi
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Certificate of Excellence


#1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Maclear
Certificate of Excellence
Resting on the shore of Cape Maclear resides our piece of paradise. Rooms are simple but an ethos of joy and fun runs through the lodge. Based closed to the village for those who wish to see community life and explore the market. Our sunset deck is the ideal sundowner setting, attracting diverse crowds of travelers & locals who exchange stories, smiles & laughs over a cold G&T before dancing the night away. Join us for at least a week to get the full Cape Maclear experience, as Funkys serenity transforms to the popular social spot. Hammock & Chill Kayak, Paddle Board, Snorkel Hike Lake Malawi National Park Explore the bay with guided boat tours Discover our UNESCO World Heritage Site Experience THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA ♥
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Secured parking
Paid wifi
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Evening entertainment
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms


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West Side of Cape Maclear Beach, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park Malawi
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Lilongwe Intl Airport72 miSee all flights
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Travelled solo, met cool people, managers and staff helpful and genuine, beautiful views, boat trip and snorkelling, hiking the mountain, great food and rooms, fun pool table, and all round good vibes
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This place is perfect for a single parent with a low budget !!!! One can stay in the lodge and have a break at the restaurant after the kids are asleep. And, you get a chance to mingle ! The managers are excellent, very dedicated, and care a lot about their clients. Thank you
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The food was horrible, we had burgers with uncooked ground beef, Zero effort put into the salad with dirty cutlery. The service was terrible and demeaning , The Australian lady who welcomed us was amazing but the local help was racist if you are white you are served first. This experience put us off the funky cichlid, we left early and we will never be back.
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Our family stayed there for one week. The backpackers is right on the beach, which is nice. It has one of the nicest bars at Cape Macclear and the prices for food and drinks are very good. The managers were very friendly. There are quite a few acitivities you can book, but they are not cheap.The rooms are VERY basic and VERY dark with just one small window. The ensuite bathroom only has a cold shower. Thankfully, there was a fan in the room. Power cuts of about 8 hours each day. It's a very remote place, a cute village right behind the backpackers, but village life is right there on the beach (women washing dishes, taking baths, washing their children, etc.) The beach is quite dirty where the village people do their daily business. Unfortunately, four out of five of us got sick with a tummy bug. Our son got so very sick that we had to take him to the clinic, which was another interesting experience, but fine.
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I stayed at the Funky Cichlids aka Funkys for about a week at the beginning of Dec 2019 and had the most amazing timet. They offer affordable water-sports and can organise boat and hiking excursions. The dining/ relaxing area offers excellent views of Lake Malawi and delicious food. All the staff, including Holly & Matt- the very friendly and welcoming managers are amazing. They made me feel like part of the family. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and looking forward to visit in the future! Would definitely recommend.
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$20 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MalawiLake Malawi National ParkCape Maclear
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Funky Cichlid
What are some of the property amenities at The Funky Cichlid?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Funky Cichlid?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Funky Cichlid?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Is The Funky Cichlid located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Cape Maclear.
Are pets allowed at The Funky Cichlid?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.