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Why we love Mgoza
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Mgoza Tours

Mgoza Lodge is located within Cape Maclear and offers rustic, basic accommodation for those visiting the area. You are only a few steps away from the sandy beach and lake and there is a number of activities on offer to those wishing to keep busy in this vibrant area. OR if you want to lay by the pool then sit back and relax with a G&T in hand and watch the daily activities going on around you in this peaceful and picturesque spot.

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The food at Mgoza has long since been celebrated and is top quality. From indulgent chocolate lava cakes to fresh fruit smoothies it is well worth a visit for a meal alone! Mgoza uses fresh ingredients grown locally and has a great bar as an accompaniment. The seating is based out on the beach next to the lake so you can enjoy alfresco meals but they do have tables inside should you wish.

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One of the few budget friendly lodges with a pool, it is the perfect place to cool off in the heat of the day. Whilst the lake is beautiful and in areas crystal clear in Cape Maclear the beachfront can get busy so the addition of a private pool for the lodge is welcomed. You can also order a few cool drinks from your sun lounger by the pool which is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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Rustic charm

The lodge has a beautiful rustic charm from the wooden A-frames to the small elevated lounge where they often play sporting matches. The restaurant is always lively with the local expat crowd usually in for their chocolate fix and the small bar and pool provide a great area to have sundowners. The owner Alan is involved with many community projects and is often onsite so it is worth chatting to the staff about what projects you can visit or help out with during your stay.

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.

  • Amazing place to see the sunset on malawi lake

    Amazing place to enjoy sunset on Malawi lake. in general an excellent lodge. Friendly atmosphere good Bar/restaurant free WIFI.
    We stayed with two girls in the family suite which was convenient.
    Went on a village and boat tour with Haza the guide and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Good place in good location.

  • Lovely spot to stay

    We enjoyed our stay at Mgoza. The vibe is great. The staff very friendly and the rooms are very comfortable. There is a bit of noise from the road, but this is likely the case for most of the accommodation in Cape Maclear.

    Aunnie P
  • Beautiful place, chill, no nonsense, relaxed

    We had a great stay at Mgoza Lodge in the Cottage. Beautiful spot, very friendly personnel and owner. Very affordable price, nice food. They take care about the community and the environment (sponsor and driving force in the recycle shop). Don’t know how they survive with these low prices and the high service level. With no doubt the best lodge money can buy at Cape Maclear.


Fast Facts

  • Location: Southern Lakeshore, Lake Malawi
  • Internet connection:Cell reception available, no WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:Chalets and A-Frames and 1x Self-Catering cottage and 1x family room (consisting of 2 separate en-suite rooms)
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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