Kumbali Lake Retreat

An eco-friendly lodge on the shores of the glorious Lake Malawi, Kumbali Lake Retreat offers good food, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation; a rustic homely getaway for the whole family to enjoy. If you want to relax and appreciate the peaceful surroundings, take one of the kayaks out, hike up the hill or relish in a sundowner boat trip, there’s plenty to do and enjoy during your stay here.

Why we love Kumbali Lake Retreat!

The food is outstanding, the staff are attentive, friendly and welcoming and the service is superb. It’s a very peaceful part of the lake with lots to do and see, a highlight was taking the boat out and getting to feed the fish eagles – get the camera ready because you can get some winning photos out here in this beautiful part of the world.

Last visited by Jen, sales & marketing – Jan 2019

Fast Facts


Lake Malawi


5 thatched chalets (1 family chalet, 1 honeymoon suite)

Great for

Cuisine and Remote Location

Children welcome



All Year

Ideal length of stay

2 Nights





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Lodge Key Features

Delicious Meals

Kumbali knows how to put on a good spread! The food is delicious and full of flavour. It is a family-run lodge and they are lucky to have a Cordon Bleu chef in the family. Jes, is the daughter of the owners, and with her passion for food and incorporating good service and training the team, you will go home with full bellies and memorable culinary experience.

Get close to the African Fish Eagle

With lots of activities to enjoy at Kumbali, one not to miss is the sunset boat trip where you will find the local residents nestled into the trees on the side of the hill – the African Fish Eagle. Get your cameras ready because these majestic beauties are quick when it comes to feeding time. With their eye on the prize you can watch them swoop down to the water and catch their dinner, they aren’t shy and get close to the boat – it is a pretty spectacular scene.

No contact to the outside world

If you want a few days away with no contact to the outside world then head to Kumbali Lake Retreat. With no signal around the property and no access to Wi-Fi this is somewhere to enjoy a technology detox. Instead get a good book, relax on your own balcony or in one of the hammocks on the beach and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Client Reviews

  • A relaxing weekend — Fantastic Stay

    I recently stayed at the Kumbali Lodge Lake retreat, being a frequent customer of the Lilongwe sister hotel. I would like to thank Benedetta, Tanya and Stinger for a truly 5 star experience from start to finish. Our party was fortunate to use the new “honeymoon” style suite; and the chalet directly overlooking the lake. Both were exquisite – with nice views, comfortable bedding and very importantly mosquito nets. For the duration of our stay no request was too small. We ate very well on each occasion and enjoyed the surroundings, hiking and swimming. the Kayaks on site were especially a nice touch.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Amazing place! This is a must on Lake Malawi

    We stayed two nights at Kumbali Lake Retreat Lodge, and it was far too short a visit. The ‘huts’ have a treehouse vibe, nestled into the side of the hill overlooking stunning views of the lake. Beds were super comfortable, an awesome spot to hang out and watch the monkeys play. The food was superb, with vegetarian options provided. Staff are so helpful and friendly. We were lucky enough to meet the owners as well – wonderful! Am already dreaming of going back.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • A fantastic stay on the lake!

    Kumbali is one of our favourite places to stay on the lake! We stayed here over new years eve and as ever the food, room and location was amazing! Their fish eagle feeding trip is one of the best on the whole lake with the eagles coming in so close! The wildlife around is also great and taking a kayak out to go and find the samango monkeys is one of my favourite things to do in all of Malawi! Kumbali is always a great stay and the staff, location and atmosphere never disappoint!

    A TripAdvisor Member

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