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Facilities @ Gecko

Books for reading and exchange
Internet Access
Laundry Service
Medical Information
Magazines to borrow
Movie Nights
Room Service to the Chalets
Safety of Belongings
Big Screen TV
Water Sports: Water Ski, Knee-Boarding, Wake Boarding ...


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Getting to Gecko is part of the adventure and the sunset and cold drink on arrival your reward… check out our website for our advice on getting here from Lilongwe (about 350km)& Blantyre (about 300km).

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Located right on the sandy shores of Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Gecko Lounge is the escape you’ve been looking for: superb sunsets viewed from the comfort our lakeside bar veranda, as you enjoy a Malawi G&T & relax to the chilled out tunes.

With damn fine food served from our Pizza oven & restaurant and comfortable private chalets & ensuite rooms overlooking the lake, why would you ever want to leave?

Best stocked bar on the lake with Gecko's unique special Cocktail menu, regular monthly DJ's for biggest parties on the lakeshore, spacious raised bar veranda overlooking the lake, Big Screen TV & DSTV for all the sporting events, regular DVD movie nights. Bar prices are around $1.50 per beer, $1 for local spirits like gin/vodka/brandy, $0.70 for water / soft drinks & then shooters (25ml) around $1.70-$2, whisky/rum/imported sprits around $2-$4 per shot (35ml).

Restaurant: 28 seats / 7 tables - Giant Pizza Oven serves best pizzas in Malawi - Daily specials menu with Fresh Lake fish, vegetarian, pasta, chicken, beef options - Std burgers & toasties & breakfast menu's - best Tea in Malawi!! Real Malawian tea straight from plantations in Thyolo. Advisable to pre-book tables & times if possible. Meals are priced between $5 & $10.



Looking for chalet or shared accommodations on Cape Maclear beach? We’ve got you covered, plus we offer Internet access, private verdanas, lake views and kitchen facilities.

Here at Gecko we have two family sized self contained Chalets that comprise of 1 x Double bed, 1 x Bunk bed, fully working kitchen facilities, en-suite toilet & hot shower, table fans, bed-side lamps, mosquito mesh windows & nets, candles & matches, private veranda looking out over the lake, braii area and hammock, secure parking space & internet access.

Rates for these rooms are (inclusive of 16.5% VAT & also be advised we cannot take credit card payments at this present moment & work on a cash only basis):
Single / Double: $80 per night
Three people: $90 per night
Four people: $100 per night

Newly built as of July 2008 we have 2 x extra rooms called Baobab & Acacia - both come with en-suite facilities & lake-views & priced @$55 per room (sleeping two people per room with doubles or single beds - they also have a bunk bed as well & add an extra $10 per night for 3rd or 4th person). The rooms have African Habitat Mosquito nets & mesh windows, valuables lockers & padlocks, towels, fans, candles & matches and are decorated with African artwork.

Newly redesigned in 2009 - This Room is often used for couples, families & group bookings that are looking for more cost effective alternatives to our other accommodation - the room is split into 3 sections via Bamboo & Reed walls set on wooden frames with Chitengi Material doorways.



Why not take a boat trip from Gecko Lounge? You can visit Thumbi Island, feed Fish Eagles, snorkel at Otter Point, simply laze on other beaches, enjoy fish braais and much, much more.
There are a wide range of locally produced crafts for sale in the village ranging from jewelery and paintings to furniture and carvings.
Mountain bikes are available or hire from Gaia House, enjoy exploring the region by pedal power!
Diving is available from ”Kayak Africa” who can accommodate across all levels of experience & qualification. The Bay has a strong reputation for being a very popular dive spot due to the relatively low costs and potential for PADI training courses to be completed & ease of freshwater diving.
You can hire single and double kayaks from Kayak Africa at a cost of $10 per half day and $20 for the full day.

Can be organised with our staff to show you the ins and outs of Chembe village & meet the local community. There are also a lot of sites of historical interest in the area and we can organise guides to take you to the various gravestones & ancient markings hidden in the hills of the cape.



Cell: (+265) 978 7322

Tel: (+265) 159 9188





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