The Makokola Retreat

Discover the unusual aquatic treasures deep in Lake Malawi

Spoil your family with a beach vacation in magical Lake Malawi accommodation at the Makokola Retreat on the south side of the lake in warm-hearted Malawi. Rejuvenate both mind and body with signature treatments from the Lake Spa and feel renewed as you take a stroll in the indigenous gardens. A dip in the pool is a welcome respite from the tropical heat at Makokola Retreat, a place where you can spoil your family to a beach vacation in the heart of Africa.

Discover the unusual aquatic treasures deep in Lake Malawi where more endemic fish species than any other freshwater lake in the world exist. Most of these are colourful cichlids which people all over the world want as aquarium fish. Take time to explore this picturesque region and tuck into delicious Malawian meals with a Mediterranean and Italian flair. Dine in the restaurant or garden café and enjoy buffets or set menus every evening. 

Guests call Makokola Retreat ‘Club Mak’ and meet like-minded friends here who love the refurbished, modern main guest areas including a huge swimming pool and pool bar. Everything looks over lush, manicured gardens leading to the sandy shores where palm trees grow and sun loungers invite total relaxation between water sports. 



Formerly known as Club Makokola, the Makokola Retreat is a spaciously laid-out resort set in manicured gardens on the southern shore of Lake Malawi, just north of Mangochi. This splendid lodge is ideally situated just 30 minutes flight from either the Lilongwe or Blantyre International Airports. 

Book your Malawi holiday package at the Makokola Retreat and experience the getaway to your dream safari in this warm country where tour packages send you on beach bush safaris from Lake Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park. Let loose and enjoy the splendours of lakeside living, where your only worry will be deciding what jaunts to take to make the most of your blissful stay! 

Voyage2Africa promotes this splendid Lake Malawi accommodation in a collection of different room types, consisting of suites, family and standard rooms. The architecture of the buildings draws inspiration from the traditional thatched rondavel Malawi dwellings, highlighted by locally sourced beams and artwork.

 Choose to stay in 1 of 48 lake-facing or garden-facing rooms at Makokola Retreat and experience your own slice of paradise where time just slows down. The suites are spacious and offer a separate lounge, bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, 2 basins and a toilet in a separate cubicle. The family rooms are similar but feature an extra bedroom and shared bathroom. The standard rooms do not offer a separate lounge area but have the same design as the other room types. 

The interiors of this lodge in Malawi are beautifully festooned in African ethnic designs and laced with hand-carved Malawian furniture. Amenities in each room include tea and coffee-making facilities, ceiling fan, a minibar (stocked on request) and a television. 

Makokola Retreat is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. A place where you can spoil your family to a beach vacation in the heart of Africa. Where you can lose yourself in thought as you stroll in the lush, manicured gardens. Where you can fuse your body and soul with signature treatments from the Lake Spa, or simply lounge on the beach under a thatched umbrella. The pool invites for a refreshing dip after a game of tennis in the floodlit tennis court. 

Lake Malawi affords excellent snorkelling and diving experiences with its clear waters and over 1000 colourful cichlid fish, most of which are endemic. Other water sports include canoeing, and water skiing, among others. Try your hand at golfing on the 9-hole Mlambe Golf Course just next door to the lodge. Catch a glimpse of rural life on a tour of the nearby fishing village.

Amazing Holiday Packages including The Makokola Retreat

From $171



  • Indulgent signature spa treatments
  • Phenomenal diving and snorkeling
  • Local village visits, beach volleyball, tennis, boules, golf
  • Bird watching, nature walks
  • Speed boating, water-skiing, sailing, wake-boarding


  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Select drinks
  • Activities

The luxury Malawi accommodation at The Makokola Retreat
that include this property


  • 48 lake-facing or garden-facing rooms under thatch
  • Restaurant & different dining settings
  • Poolside bar
  • Golf course
  • Spa
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Meeting facilities & business services


  • Awe-inspiring location on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Fun activities for the entire family
  • Exceptional facilities and gracious service
  • Beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrops for weddings

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