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Danforth Lodge

Lake Malawi & Beach

Rating: Mid-range    

Danforth Lodge overview

A small lodge and yacht charter company based in the Lake Malawi National Park area.

Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on Lake Malawi situated at Cape Maclear surrounded by hills and ideally situated for snorkelling and diving in the National Marine Park area. Danforth is both a Malawi yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. The Lodge has eight spacious, en-suite rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular views of the lake and look out over Thumbi West Island. The garden has shady lawns, leading to a pool, clean beach and crystal clear water. The beach is just a stone's throw away.

Owner run by Howard and Michelle Massey-Hicks who started Danforth Yachting lodge and yacht charters in 2001. The couple have both sailed since their youth and both grew up enjoying watersports. Howard has over 40,000 nautical miles under his belt and is regarded as the authority on sailing and navigating Lake Malawi. He is also a PADI Divemaster, and skilled in many other areas of water sport training. Michelle's role covers everything from yacht crew, hostess, administrator and kitchen supervisor, to waterski demonstrator and seamstress! There are also another couple working as diving instructor and chef and a whole team of local Malawians who work at the lodge and with the yacht and other water sports here. Most of them are from the local Chembe Village just down the road from Danforth's base.

The 'stay and play' rates at Danforth include the use of mountain bikes and all water sports except the yacht and diving which you pay extra for.


Open:Year round

Location: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi (south)

Rooms: 8 nautically themed rooms, all facing the Lake.

Activities: PADI dive centre; Yacht sailing and cruising; Hobie cat and dingy sailing; Snorkelling; Kayaking; Waterskiing; Wakeboarding; Fishing; Mountain Biking; Guided walks; Village visits.

Facilities: Swimming pool; Laundry; Lounge; Dining room;

Dining: Buffet style and al-fresco

Children: Children of all ages are welcome

Health: This is a malarial area

Communication: Internet is available for guests to use and there is pretty good mobile phone signal. 

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Miss. Susan Rogers

"Brilliant hospitality. Great fun. Really relaxing end to the holiday, try the bushman's balls!"

Julie Croucher, Tribes
"Howard and Michelle are excellent hosts and the setting of Danforth is superb!  The food and hospitality here is a highlight and if you like small 'guest houses' and a variety of watersports this is the place for you. "
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