The Makokola Retreat


  • Harrys bar at The Makokola Retreat


  • Dining on the pool deck at The Makokola Retreat


  • Snorkelling at The Makokola Retreat


  • Fish in Lake Malawi at Makokola Retreat


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  • Peaceful location by Lake Mawai
  • Water and land based activities
  • Sip a sundowner at the pool bar
  • Watch birds and monkeys in the gardens
  • Cruise Lake Malawi on MV Sunbird
  • New Lake View suites and villa

The Makokola Retreat (previously known as Club Makokola) is situated on the southern shores of Lake Malawi near Cape Maclear. This is a family-owned property whose staff aim to provide you with a real 'home from home' in this wonderful setting. There are 65 rooms and suites in a range of standard, superior, family rooms and suites. All rooms are en-suite and have mosquito nets. The new Lake Suites and Sunset Villa have a more adult feel with no children under 12 allowed. This area also has a separate infinity pool and bar that is exclusive to Lake Suite residents.

It is set in ten acres of immaculate gardens with a large beachfront and offers a wide range of activities. There is a swimming pool, squash court, two tennis courts, volleyball court and a mini soccer field. The Mlambe Golf Club - a 9-hole, 3 par course, is beautifully sited adjacent to the hotel in a grove of baobab trees with spectacular water hazards to provide both experienced and amateur golfers with a challenging and enjoyable course. Staff can arrange local excursions to destinations such as Cape Maclear and the Zomba Plateau. There's a great choice of water-based activities, too: you can go sailing, waterskiing and snorkelling, explore by canoe or take a speedboat trip to islands in the lake. 

M.V. Sunbird is the hotel's 24 metre cruiser, used for trips on the lake. Equipped with bar, kitchen, sundeck and toilets the boat can accommodate 20 passengers for a day cruise and can sleep up to 8 overnight. Routes vary in length with the longest taking you through the southern arm of the lake into the Shire River, past the historic village of Mangochi and through Lake Malombe and on to Liwonde National Park. The cruise takes around 6 hours. The upper sundeck provides an excellent opportunity for game viewing over the reed banks into the park.

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The Makokola Retreat

Harrys bar at The Makokola Retreat

A modern resort on the southern shores of Lake Malawi set in landscaped gardens on a lovely beach.

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