Location: Blue Zebra Island Lodge is in Lake Malawi National Park. It’s on the otherwise uninhabited Nankoma Island, the largest of the 3 islands of the Marelli archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its abundant cichlid fish. The lodge is about a 2 hour drive from Lilongwe, with safe parking on the mainland and a short boat ride to Nankoma.
Rooms: There are 3 executive tented chalets. The kingfisher is spacious, with a sitting area as we as a bedroom, overlooking the lake. The cormorant can accommodate 2 adults plus 2 children under 12 on 2 large sleeping couches. The fish eagle is ideal for families, wit 2 bedrooms, a large lounge and veranda with lake views. All executive chalets are en-suite. They are secluded, set a short walk from the main lodge. The 4 luxury chalets are nearer the pool and main area. They sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children each and are all en-suite. There are also 5 safari chalets, set on the hillside away from the lodge. These offer self-contained accommodation with their own living and dining areas and are used for groups of watersports and diving enthusiasts. Mosquito nets and fans are provided in all chalets.
Activities: Water-based activities include snorkelling and diving, both great ways to observe the colourful cichlids and reefs. Snorkelling equipment is provided, free for guest use. Divers of all levels from complete novice - the lodge has a dive centre and experienced instructor who can help novice divers and offers PADI courses – to experienced are welcome. You can use one of the lodge’s 6 kayaks to propel yourself though he waters exploring the coastline, looking out for birds and otters. Boat trips to the archipelago’s other 2 islands and to go fishing are popular. There are sunset cruises, too. On land you can follow the nature trail round the island, keeping your eyes open for birds and other wildlife.
Facilities: The lodge has an infinity pool overlooking the lake, and a large sundeck with sun loungers and hammocks. The main thatched area is open-sided, light and airy, and houses the dining area and bar. A walkway leads past the pool over the water to a covered terrace, a great place for sundowner drinks. There are several sitting areas scattered across the lodge grounds.
Dining: The food is good French-based cuisine and meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. They should be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
Safari in Zambia's superb South Luangwa then relax on an uninhabited island in Lake Malawi.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499