Makokola Retreat

Lake Malawi

Makokola Retreat

Formerly Club Makokola, Makokola Retreat is an upmarket beach resort situated on the southern shore of Lake Malawi, within the boundaries of the national park.

Formerly Club Makokola, Makokola Retreat is an upmarket beach resort situated on the southern shore of Lake Malawi, within the boundaries of the national park. A substantial resort, it boasts a wealth of facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, 44-metre swimming pool, and fully-equipped spa, all situated within private gardens and overlooking a long stretch of white sand beach.

Despite its size, the family-owned Makokola is not without character. Guests are housed in very spacious bandas, with thick wooden beams and thatched roofs. The interiors are generously furnished with Malawian crafts and vibrant fabrics, adding a touch of colour to the resort.

The service, too, is generous, and the atmosphere friendly, making Makokola a popular choice of resort for families.

Makokola is easily accessed. The resort has its own private airstrip and is situated within easy reach of the town of Mangochi.

Accommodation

Makokola Retreat offers 48 rooms and suites, set within private villas situated a few steps from the beach. The standard beach rooms feature king-size beds furnished with Malawian cottons, en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, and private verandahs overlooking the lake. The family rooms are larger, featuring king-size bed and bunk beds, accommodating two adults and four children. The suites and lake villas have the advantage of being located closer to the lake and feature separate living areas.

Dining

The restaurant at Makokola serves a mix of Malawian favourites and more familiar international fare, prepared with ingredient grown in the hotel gardens or sourced locally.

There’s also a lively bar, wrapped around the pool and overlooking the lake and beach.

Facilities

Restaurant and bar
9-hole golf course
Swimming pool

Activities

Visit Mua Mission, renowned for its wood carvings
Day trips to Cape Maclear
Golf
Cycling
Watersports

Child Policy

Makokola Retreat is ideal for families. The family rooms accommodate two adults and four children.