Blue Zebra

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!

Why we love Blue Zebra!

Each time I go I am more and more impressed with the food and the service. From Brian on the cocktails to the wonderful chefs, it is the perfect escape from the city. Great for kayaking or relaxing in the pool it is one of my firm favourites.

Last visited by Chloe, Marketing and Sales – July 2019

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts


Nankoma Island, Lake Malawi National Park


5 lake safari tents, 2 executive chalets, 2 executive family chalets, 1 superior family cottage

Avg. room price

From $285 pppn

Great for

Relaxing by the pool with a cocktail and nature trails & kayaking

Children welcome

Yes. Of all ages


Most of the year, apart from mid-Jan to mid-Feb (peak rainy season)

Ideal length of stay

2-3 nights


Yes – standing, but they only work when the generator is on


Skyband hotspot, with vouchers available for purchase

Lodge Key Features


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’!

Client Reviews

  • Overwhelmingly beautiful, with the friendliest staff in Africa.

    I was here on a family trip and I must say, it was an incredible week. The snorkeling is mesmerising, the water sports so much fun, the food phenomenal and the staff were particularly wonderful. I couldn’t believe how friendly and accommodating every one was. 10/10 recommend this place to all. A great family get away or romantic location. Would be great for a honeymoon as many of the lodges are secluded and private.

    Emily R
  • Wonderful stay at an amazing place.

    We stayed at Blue Zebra for two nights and didn’t want to leave! From the moment we arrived we felt completely relaxed and comfortable. The island is beautiful and the nature trails, bird life and set up make it the ultimate place to wind down. The range of activities on offer and variety of places to explore mean you can keep yourself busy if you please. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and manage to balance both tending to your needs whilst leaving you in privacy perfectly. The accommodation is again a great balance between luxury and being at one with nature.

  • A peaceful, easy, relaxing week

    We came to Blue Zebra Island Lodge to chill and relax following 9 days safaris in neighbouring Zambia and it fitted the bill perfectly. We stayed 6 days in one of the luxury tents which was very spacious and comfortable with a fine view from its private decking over a small beach onto the lake. On our arrival we were greeted by the manager Kenny and given refreshing drinks while he ran through a few details; a couple of days later Jen and Duncan returned to the island and took over – we found all three to be so very friendly and helpful, as were all the staff we encountered.


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(MONDAY - FRIDAY 08:00 - 17:00)

Malawian Style
B18 Golden Peacock center, Lilongwe, Malawi
Call Malawi office: +265 177 1789
Call US office: +502 871 50 31
Skype: Malawian.Style

Team Contact

Tapiwa, Sales & Reservations Manager: +265 992 393 376
Chifundo, Senior Reservations Consultant: +265 998 393 673
Ronald, Finance Manager: +265 991 667 078
Eddie, Operations: +265 999 772 788