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Norman Carr Cottage
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Zomba
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3 reviews
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“AMAZING!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Norman Carr during his 2 week visit from the US. It is the absolutely perfect place for couples to go. Well....For anyone to go! Erica and Taffy are absolutely wonderful, and the staff is so welcoming and friendly. The price may seem a little high, but once you arrive, you feel as if you are getting an amazing bargain, for everything that they provide! The food is incredible, the property is perfectly kept and absolutely beautiful, the rooms are very very nice and comfortable, and the boat cruises are wonderful. I could not thank Erica, Taffy, and their entire staff more for making Mike's and my time so special. Thanks for all the effort, and we can't wait to come see you again soon!! Love, Lindsey and Mike

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blantyre, Malawi
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

My wife and I have stayed in hotels & lodges all over Africa and can honestly say that the Norman Carr Cottage is one of the best. Very relaxing with attentive staff and great home style cooking. We stayed 3 nights and really enjoyed every minute

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband and I decided to head up to Lake Malawi sort of at the last moment, as we had some airmiles to use, and after doing some quick research, we decided the Norman Carr Cottages sounded great. We arrived at a very difficult time for the owner Taffy. His partner-in-crime, Jenny, had just passed away, and her daughter and some friends were visiting to assist with arrangements and for support.
It may sound like this would have put a dampener on the 'vibe' of the place, but we were welcomed with open arms and didn't feel like intruders at all. In fact, we were made to feel completely at ease, and the 'mourning' was more the joyful sort (as I understand Jenny was). Jackie, Jenny's daughter, showed us some of the highlights as she and her family had enjoyed them, and Taffy took us on an outing to Cape Maclear without hesitation, which we really appreciated.
The staff were so friendly and helpful - you only have to look up to have someone offer you another G&T (automatically poured as doubles!). Erika, who is the hostess/ manager, was always on hand to answer questions or help us in any way. The days were relaxing, with enough 'activity' (feeding fisheagles, snorkelling, kayaking) and more than enough R&R.
The range of drinks is plentiful, and the food was really delicious. It is not stuffy, gourmet food, but the divine sort that you start smelling in the afternoon and reminds you of what you wish your mom's cooking was like. You are welcome to go back for as many helpings as you like :-)
Rooms were very comfy, beds were huge and covered liberally with mozzie nets, and we are very happy with our outside showers.
Please note ahead of time: Malawi is not a first-world country, so don't arrive hoping for a super-refined experience. Instead, be assured of a very warm welcome, great hospitality and a relaxing, laid-back stay.
Allow enough time to get from Lilongwe or Blantyre up to Cape Maclear, as the drive can take up to 4 hours.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Simple but clean, well appointed and cool rooms with lovely outdoor shower. We enjoyed the all inclusive sunset boat trip and the morning fish eagle feeding and snorkeling boat trip. The food is simple, well prepared and delicious. Very accommodating and friendly staff. A relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Norman Carr was recommended to us by some other NGO workers we met while working in Zomba, Malawi. They described their time at Norman Carr as 'just like a second honeymoon', and they were so right.

Even with our 10 month old son in tow, we felt like so relaxed and pampered in this luxurious setting. The rooms are beautifully decorated and fully equipped, including amazing hot showers outdoors! Showering under the stars or during the day under the beautiful tree canopy was truly spectacular.

The food is divine and because of the small and intimate nature of this place, it feels as if you are waited on hand-and-foot and that you are truly the only guests in the place!

The management team went out of their way to accommodate us with our infant son, and we truly appreciated all the extra effort that went into making us comfortable!

The view is spectacular and you can enjoy two boat cruises (included in the cost of accommodation) one in the morning where snorkelling is available and one in the evening to behold the breathtaking sunset.

I could go on, but really, I hope I have convinced you at this point. Norman Carr is a must if you travel through Malawi- the lake really is 'the pearl of Malawi' and Norman Carr is the beautiful gem which showcases the lake.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Lusaka, Zambia
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Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful setting, right on the lake with a white sandy beach. Price includes full board with two boat trips per day, a morning trip to feed the Fish Eagles and snorkeling and an evening booze cruise to watch the sun go down. Staff are fantastic, food is home cooked and plentiful. Can't say enough about Norman Carr Cottages except you will be making a mistake if you're visiting tje lake and don't stay here for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I cannot praise Norman Carr Cottages enough for our stay. The setting is beautiful, the staff friendly and helpful, the food delicious and the rooms luxurious. There were 2 boat trips a day, one for snorkelling in the clear waters of the lake, the other to watch the sun set enjoying a glass of wine. I felt thoroughly spoilt.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Norman Carr Cottage
Address: Southern Lake Shore, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cape Maclear
Hotel Class:3 star — Norman Carr Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Norman Carr Cottage is situated on the southern lake shore of Lake Malawi, in the beautiful sheltered bay of Namakoma just 15km from Monkey Bay. A gentle and restful place where we promise you a memorable Malawian experience. You will be left with fond memories of this charming African country where time stands still, the pace is gentle and the scenery is stunning. Malawi has much to offer, sun drenched beaches, turquoise waters, abundant brightly coloured cichlid fishes, great for snorkeling and diving. Discover the magic of the open air aquariums which the southern lake shore is renowned for. We offer daily trips to various dive sites and remote islands for snorkeling and to experience the joy in the flight of the fish eagles ... more   less 
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Norman Carr Cottage Hotel Cape Maclear
Norman Carr Cottage Malawi/Cape Maclear

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