Slightly odd place in some ways. It's quite small, occupying a beautiful lake-front location at Cape McClear, but it's the only luxury place planted down in the middle of a lot of very poor countryside. The lodge is owned by Howard, who's real passion in life is his catamaran, moored just a few yards offshore. He's around a lot, but leaves the lodge management to Babette, and her husband Jerome (who is an excellent chef). Overall our stay there was very enjoyable, but it's a mixed bag of things. On the negative side - the 3-hour+ transfer from Lilongwe is NOT enjoyable, or even very interesting, meals are at very fixed times (including being summoned by a gong), there are a lot of notices/ rules, the property is VERY small, there is something of a (not discussed) security problem (bars on windows, CCTV etc), and the pool is rather small. On the positive side - the rooms & en-suites are clean & comfortable (if a little tired in the decor department), they have mosquito nets & a turn-down service, the food is superb, the laundry service is fast and efficient, there are lots of water-sports activities to do (some are free, some chargeable), it is very quiet, restful & relaxing, and the catamaran Mafusa is a great experience for an evening sun-down cruise ($40pp). Howard, the owner, is a bit of a silverback - it's his domain and he lets you know it. It's obvious that the yacht and yachting are his real passion, not running the lodge. However, overall we very much enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Danforth Yachting, situated on the beach at Cape Maclear bordering the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb lakeside accommodation. Danforth is both a luxury lodge and a Malawi yacht charter company. The Lodge has eight spacious, en-suite rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular lake views. Swimming pool, watersports, scuba diving and sailing. Double, twin and family en-suite, air conditioned rooms. Great hosting. Excellent meals. Full board. Bar with DSTV. The live-aboard catamaran yacht Mufasa, a 10 berth luxury yacht, is available for crewed yacht charters to the far corners of Lake Malawi. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Danforth Yachting Malawi/Cape Maclear