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Why We Love Kefi Hotel Café?
Key Features
When to Visit

Kefi is a modern, owner-managed boutique hotel & café located in Zomba, Malawi’s old colonial capital city. Perched in the lush forest area of Zomba Plateau, Kefi blends architectural heritage, modern design, and unparalleled views of the city below and Mulanje Mountain on a clear day. Serving the very best of Malawian produce, Kefi Café offers great Malawian and international culinary options as well as tantalizing pastries and hot drinks one would expect from a world-class café – all this in a pleasant atmosphere that is typical of the warm heart of Africa. At Kefi, you will walk away with a joyful spirit and passion for life.

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Historic Location

In a city best known for its British colonial architecture, Kefi Hotel Café overlooks the old parliament buildings and high court, the Botanic Gardens, and the old Governor’s residence. It combines historical heritage with contemporary design as an old colonial house that was converted into a modern hotel using charming décor from local artisans. It is the perfect place to learn about Malawi’s journey from colonial rule to independence.


The Café

Kefi Café serves the very best Malawian produce, with various culinary options inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. From a variety of coffees, teas, and freshly baked decadent pastries to world-class breakfast and lunch meals Kefi Café has it all including a great atmosphere with pleasant and friendly servers.


Family Run

As a small family-run hotel, Kefi promises guests a unique, personalized experience. The owners, Costa and Tania, take the time to get to know their guests, nurturing personal relationships and creating a personal touch around the experiences they offer. Staying at Kefi is like visiting an old friend.

OPEN: All year round



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers and birds galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Best for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing
  • Dry weather

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.


  • Simply spectacular the beautiful experience at Kefi in Zomba Malawi

    Simply spectacular the beautiful experience at Kefi in Zomba Malawi. The food was great and customized to my needs. The hotel is sparkling clean, a great view as well. The owners are really friendly and supportive. Had great service from everyone, though Precious Phiri’s customer care and support was outstanding. Looking forward to visiting Kefi hotel again for a longer period…

    TripAdvisor User, December 2022
  • Stunning hotel and cafe!

    Just back from a two night stay at kefi Hotel- it is stunning! They have put so much thought and detail into everything, from the extra virgin olive oil to the rain shower to the beautiful furniture (they sound like silly little things but take extra effort in dear Malawi). The owners were very thoughtful and pointed us to a great hiking guide. The food is some of the best I’ve had in malawi and reasonably priced compared to their equivalent in Lilongwe. I would recommend Kefi to everyone, it is worth every kwacha!

    TripAdvisor User, October 2022
  • Beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of Zomba

    I absolutely loved my stay in Kefi. It is a beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of Zomba. This family run hotel is quaint and it has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is absolutely stunning and the service is very good. I highly recommend this hotel to anybody staying in Zomba.

    TripAdvisor User, August 2022

Fast Facts

  • Location: Zomba Plateau, Malawi
  • Internet connection:Wi-Fi available - complimentary Wi-Fi vouchers for guests at check-in.
  • Fans/Air ConAircon in the Cottage and Ceiling fans in Queen Rooms
  • Number of rooms:4 Ensuite Queen Rooms & 1 Family Cottage
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome. Under 8's stay free when sharing with an adult.
  • Swimming poolNone

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