Blue Zebra Island Lodge is a beautiful piece of paradise about an hour from Lilongwe. Set in Lake Malawi National Park it is a paradise for nature lovers; from the brilliant birdlife to the animals in the lake and the colourful Cichlid fish, which the lodge is named after. Blue Zebra has luxurious tents overlooking the lake, an infinity pool, cocktail bar and some of the best food in Malawi, it is the perfect place to rest and relax at the start or end of your trip!
Nankoma Island, Lake Malawi National Park
5 lake safari tents, 2 executive chalets, 2 executive family chalets, 1 superior family cottage
Relaxing by the pool with a cocktail and nature trails & kayaking
Yes. Of all ages
Most of the year, apart from mid-Jan to mid-Feb (peak rainy season)
Yes – standing, but they only work when the generator is on
Skyband hotspot, with vouchers available for purchase
Nothing is too much for the staff at Blue Zebra, from helping you identify the many species of birds and animals on the island- let Adamson guide you round with your checklist to find the resident hornbills or fish eagles-, to arranging your romantic sunset cruise or beach dinner, from the sweet touches of flowers and handwritten notes in your gorgeous rooms to Brian the cocktail shaker who remembers your favourite tipple! Set on a piece of wild paradise the managers will go out of their way to make sure you have the special stay you are after even if it is just a bit of peace and quiet by the pool.
The food here is outstanding; they serve well-thought-out and fresh dishes every mealtime, such as their famous fresh fish tacos. Their breakfast omelettes are truly delicious and offer a range of other hearty steaks, each dish we have tasted here gets better and better! With a critical attention to detail (remember this has to be all imported to the island) there is a huge availability of fresh fruit and veg as well as fresh fish from the lake. They are great at creating menus around dietary requirements, food intolerances and allergies, washing all fruit and veg in boiled water to make sure it is sterilised and making sure you have your own tea time cakes tailored to your needs.
Not all areas of the lake are crystal clear, however, there is a crystal clear infinity pool here overlooking the lake, right next to the cocktail bar. The pool is the perfect place to unwind, read a book, sip a margarita and cool off from the hot African sun! Whilst you can certainly enjoy kayaking and sunset cruises around the island we would recommend taking the boat further out to a spot perfect for snorkelling (where the water is clearer)! The highlight of this lodge is the beautiful infinity pool, so if you aren’t here to see the fish this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a ‘beach’ stay without the hassles of ‘beach hair’!