Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Blue Zebra Paradise on Nankoma Island

This is a privileged destination on a very special island called Nankoma, in the middle of the Lake Malawi National Park World Heritage Site, part of the Marelli Archipelago and it is known as Blue Zebra Island Lodge. It’s wild, it’s tranquil and it’s the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in one of Malawi’s best holiday regions. If you are a nature lover who craves tranquillity, choose Blue Zebra and if you love an island escape, choose Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi.

There is plenty to do on this stunning island in the great outdoors, from fishing and boating to wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, birding, seasonal scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as hiking and sunset cruises. Become part of the incredible ecosystems here, brimming with fauna and flora, colourful and sensory, a veritable paradise. 

Blue Zebra Lodge has a fantastic range of en suite accommodation all with private lake views: a large spacious family cottage, two executive family chalets, two executive chalets and 4 lake safari tents for couples or small families. The lake safari tents are designed in a classic safari style with two large beautiful wooden sofa beds, polished screed floors, quality décor in tranquil shades of nature and ensuite showers.  Lavish, comfy and a place to call home for a while.

The executive chalets are roomy tents with huge open entrances, screed floors, quality wooden furnishings, beautiful views and plush décor – they are ideal for couples, honeymooners, and people who love the solitude of private space on the lake.

 The executive family chalets are larger, with two bedrooms each and plenty of room on the deck and inside to chill and find privacy – walk onto the boardwalk and down to the shore for a swim. The vast superior family cottage is tucked into the trees above the lake, a solid structure of wood and thatch, on the water’s edge and a definite home away from home with a lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, polished screed floors and tasteful décor.

Blue Zebra Lodge is a multi-award-winning Malawi destination thanks to its dedication to both the environment and its guests – it has won awards for Best Safari Property Location, Best Family Safari Experience, Best Marine Safari Experience, Most Romantic Safari Property, and Best Community Focused Property in Malawi! 

We can see why! It’s an island paradise with delicious food too and the many activities can be balanced with a bit of yoga on the deck and a bit of spa therapy in the Island Spa, peeping out from under a huge old fig tree!

Chill out all day at the pool bar beside the crystal clear infinity swimming pool then grab a bite to eat at the upmarket Bee-Eater Restaurant, named after this colourful and wonderful bird endemic to this island. Indulge in nouvelle cuisine created in tune with what is available in season with a Malawian flavour.

Voyage2Africa recommends Blue Zebra Lodge for your next adventure to Malawi, an island paradise with the option to tour Lake Malawi and other superb destinations in this friendly country.  



A beautiful lake destination in the heart of Lake Malawi National Park World Heritage Site, Blue Zebra Lodge makes for the ideal honeymoon retreat out of the way of busy tourist spots and in the lap of luxury. Families will also love the choice of family chalets right on the lake with so much to do in the great outdoors. Learn about the fauna and flora, learn new water sports, make new friends and just play all day in the water and on island beaches. Friendly Malawi staff members are dedicated to guest enjoyment so all needs are met day by day. 

Another great attraction at this unique island lodge is the food! Created to perfection from ingredients in season, fresh and innovative, the menu never ceases to amaze all guests. Meet at the pool bar for drinks before meals and gaze over the lake as you taste real Malawian foods. We love the vast clear blue infinity swimming pool beside the waters of the lake, the polished screed floors of all accommodation, and the space to be private. 

Scintillating lake views from all corners of the lodge enthral and amaze. The large family cottage is ideal for large family groups who love lavish solitude in nature – a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, two ensuite bedrooms, and a beautiful deck. The other chalets are equally tasteful, spacious and modern with sleeper couches while the safari tents are a traditional safari rendition of classic outdoor accommodation in comfort and style. 

Find your respite a mere two hours from Lilongwe on Nankoma Island, a boat ride away from the shore – look out for colourful fish, beautiful birds and shy animals. Meet friends in the Fig Tree Bar, grab a massage in the Spa, do some deck yoga and simply chill on the sun deck all day. 

Activities include kayaking, fishing, birding, snorkelling, wakeboarding, water skiing, and even scuba diving – at this PADI-certified water sports centre! Hike in the surrounding lush vegetation around the island too then swim to cool off. Chat to Voyage2Africa about your Malawi package tour today.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Blue Zebra Island Lodge

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  • Kayak, wakeboard, water-ski, tube, and banana boat
  • Sunset cruise
  • Motorized water sports – additional charges 
  • Hikes
  • Birding
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving


  • All meals 
  • Tea/coffee
  • Non-motorized activities
  • Boat transfers
  • Vat and tourism levy.

Blue Zebra Island Lodge Safari-style hideaway
that include this property


  • Swimming Pool
  • Lake Beach
  • Conference Venues
  • Lounge
  • Shuttle service


  • Spend hours on Nankoma Beach, as if beside the ocean, on white sands with lapping waves 
  • Massages, manicures and pedicures on offer at the spa under a large fig tree with lake views
  • Business people can indulge in a conference facility – group bookings for sole-use groups, team building and more
  • Family-oriented lodgings so pack up the kids and come here for an unforgettable holiday 
  • A romantic honeymoon destination where privacy and pampering are the main treats.

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