Blue Zebra Island Lodge is exclusively situated on Nankoma Island, in Lake Malawi National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site). Unobtrusive and eco-friendly, operating on solar power. Blue Zebra is a conservation-driven lodge working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Malawi to protect three islands making up the Marelli group: Nankoma, Maleri, and Nakantenga. These uninhabited islands are home to a vast array of freshwater fish, including some of the rarest and most colourful in the world. They support diverse flora and fauna and are a bird watcher’s paradise.
The lodge has a unique set-up with 9 en-suite safari-style tented chalets and 1 Superior Cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. Secluded executive chalets boast stunning views from private balconies, some with lake access. The chalets are set in an unspoiled environment, immersed in nature. Facilities include spa, infinity pool, cocktail bar, restaurant, games room, meetings room, curio shop. They offer a wide range of activities such as nature trails, birding, kayaking, snorkelling, water sports, sunset cruises. Just a 2-hour drive from Lilongwe, this is a great combination with Zambian Safaris as well as various wildlife parks in Malawi.
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Nothing is too much for the staff at Blue Zebra, from helping you identify the many species of birds and animals on the island- let Adamson guide you round with your checklist to find the resident hornbills or fish eagles-, to arranging your romantic sunset cruise or beach dinner, from the sweet touches of flowers and handwritten notes in your gorgeous rooms to Brian the cocktail shaker who remembers your favourite tipple! Set on a piece of wild paradise the managers will go out of their way to make sure you have the special stay you are after even if it is just a bit of peace and quiet by the pool.
Explore the wonderfully wild paths around and over Nankoma Island & connect with nature. The further you go the smaller you feel as you walk among massive Baobab trees. Venture off track to The Ancient Fig for a halfway break and soak in the enchanting natural beauty of this unspoiled paradise. The main trail around the island is only 2.3km. Enjoy the thriving birdlife, look out for the elusive Red Duiker and Bushbuck along the top path, Chameleons camouflaged in trees, Monitor Lizards along the shore
For the active and adrenaline seekers there is always something for you including kayak, wakeboard, water-ski, tube, and banana boat. A sunset cruise is the best way to end an active day. Motorized water sports have additional charges and can be booked once at the lodge.
LOW Season: 10 Jan – 31 Mar
MID Season: 1 – 9 Jan & 1 Apr – 30 Jun & 1 Nov – 14 Dec
HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 31 Oct & 15 – 31 Dec
I was here on a family trip and I must say, it was an incredible week. The snorkeling is mesmerising, the water sports so much fun, the food phenomenal and the staff were particularly wonderful. I couldn’t believe how friendly and accommodating every one was. 10/10 recommend this place to all. A great family get away or romantic location. Would be great for a honeymoon as many of the lodges are secluded and private.
We stayed at Blue Zebra for two nights and didn’t want to leave! From the moment we arrived we felt completely relaxed and comfortable. The island is beautiful and the nature trails, bird life and set up make it the ultimate place to wind down. The range of activities on offer and variety of places to explore mean you can keep yourself busy if you please. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and manage to balance both tending to your needs whilst leaving you in privacy perfectly. The accommodation is again a great balance between luxury and being at one with nature.
We came to Blue Zebra Island Lodge to chill and relax following 9 days safaris in neighbouring Zambia and it fitted the bill perfectly. We stayed 6 days in one of the luxury tents which was very spacious and comfortable with a fine view from its private decking over a small beach onto the lake. On our arrival we were greeted by the manager Kenny and given refreshing drinks while he ran through a few details; a couple of days later Jen and Duncan returned to the island and took over – we found all three to be so very friendly and helpful, as were all the staff we encountered.