Blue Zebra Island Lodge


  • The only lodge on uninhabited Nankoma Island
  • Explore on foot or by kayak
  • Snorkel with Malawi's colourful cichlid Fish
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Malawi
  • Rest at the lakeside spa, by the pool or in a hammock

Open: Blue Zebra Island Lodge is open all year.

Location: Blue Zebra Island Lodge is in Lake Malawi National Park. It is on the otherwise uninhabited Nankoma Island, the largest of the three islands of the Marelli archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its abundant cichlid fish. The lodge is about a two hour drive from Lilongwe, with safe parking on the mainland and a short speedboat ride to Nankoma. There is no jetty here so you need to wade through shallow water to arrive - all part of the experience!

Rooms: There are ten rooms of varied styles in different locations, some centrally located and other in more secluded settings. Five are lake safari tents, en-suite tented chalets, four are safari-style executive chalets, two of which are ideal for couples or solo travellers and the other two perfect for families. In addition the superior cottage is the only house. the cottage and executive chalets are the most secluded and have balconies with stunning views.

Activities: Your stay can be as action packed or not as you wish! Unwind by the pool and at the lakeside spa. Venture out on the main island trail (2.4km) and other paths to immerse yourself in nature. Information boards and a bird list help you learn about the flora and fauna. You can book a guided trip to explore nearby Maleri Island. Water-based activities include snorkelling and seasonal (May-November) scuba diving for certified divers, both great ways to observe the colourful cichlids and reefs. Complimentary snorkelling equipment is provided for exploring offshore and you can book a snorkelling trip to Nakantenga at additional cost. Kayaking is another option, along the shore or perhaps the full island circuit which takes about 45 minutes. Motorised watersports such as waterskiiing, wakeboarding and sunset cruise are offered at extra charge.

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: Meals are inclusive and encompass international cuisine with a distinct Malawian touch. The menu is based on fresh, seasonal produce.

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 good connection for mobile networks. The lodge has a wifi hotspot and you can buy data bundles for this locally.

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Client Rating for Malawi 5/5 from 10 reviews

Beautiful views, pool, lodge. Slightly tired and in need of refurbishment. we asked for the mattress to be changed as it was so soggy. Confusion about which drinks were included which made us feel it was a bit commercial. Enjoyed the kayaks and snorkelling. Excellent food from their new cook, Heston. Took a while to meet the new managers, who were away at first. If the yoga retreat had been going on all the time we were there, it might have felt too much.

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