The Makokola Retreat

Situated north of Mangochi, surrounded by palm trees, this southern shored retreat offers beautiful gardens, golden beaches, calm waters and a number of activities to enjoy. Surrounded in culture and tradition you get a true sense of Africa when visiting The Makokola Retreat. Enjoy cultured excursions, relax by the pool, delve into one of the many activities, or take some time out for yourself and head to the spa for a treatment.

Why we love Makokola Retreat!

Set in a beautiful part of the lake, Makokola Retreat has it all. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views overlooking the golden beach and lake itself, the food is delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful. There are lots of activities to enjoy for the whole family, 2 pools and even a spa; ultimate relaxation. 
Last visited by Jen, Sales & Marketing – May 2019

Fast Facts


Lake Malawi


69 Rooms in total (Lake Suites, Sunset Villa, Lake Villa, Beach Room, Family Room)

Great for

The Sunbird excursion & trips to the nearby islands

Children welcome

Yes – but not in lake suites (strict no kids below 12 years policy)


All Year

Ideal length of stay

4 nights


A/C in Lake Suites and Sunset Villa, other rooms only have fans


Yes, with a purchased voucher

(Rates 'from' pppn)

Pricing Category

Price Categories Explained

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost of the respective lodges. Please note: the category is based on the starting from price.

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

Lodge Key Features

Memorable Experiences

The retreat is surrounded by lush gardens, a gorgeous beach and clear calm waters – this in itself is memorable. The staff are accommodating, and they continue to create memorable experiences for all who visit. The retreat aims to ensure you get a real Malawian experience and throughout you can see the integration of local traditions and culture around, especially through the crafts and decor. It’s a home-away-from-home stay, settle in and enjoy the hospitality and culture of this family-owned business.


Here is something different to enjoy that most places don’t offer. Their 9-hole golf course is situated in a beautiful setting, somewhat challenging too with all the baobabs around the course. Whether you are a keen golfer or just trying out, it’s a fun way to see some more of the gorgeous landscape and enjoy the beauty of the birdlife around.

Conservation & the Community

The Makokola Retreat has always ensured to make the local community contributors, and, over the years the retreat has strengthened the long-term commitment to the community. Local villages have been trained to help build the lodge itself, women thatch the roofs and some of the furnishings have been locally handmade – you look around the retreat and admire the touches around. When it comes to the food, they grow their own fresh produce or use the local fishermen nearby for the delicious fish dishes the chef creates – fresh every day!

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Contact Us

(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