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The Makokola Retreat Tours

Situated north of Mangochi, surrounded by palm trees, this southern shored retreat offers beautiful gardens, golden beaches, calm waters and a number of activities to enjoy. Surrounded in culture and tradition you get a true sense of Africa when visiting The Makokola Retreat. Enjoy cultured excursions, relax by the pool, delve into one of the many activities, or take some time out for yourself and head to the spa for a treatment.

The Makokola Retreat offers a wide range of complimentary activities for guests to enjoy from tennis, squash, beach volleyball, kayaking and sailing to name a few. They also offer other motorised activities such as speed boat trips to Boadzulu Island that is chargeable alongside a wide range of tours. 


Memorable Experiences

The retreat is surrounded by lush gardens, a gorgeous beach and clear calm waters – this in itself is memorable. The staff are accommodating, and they continue to create memorable experiences for all who visit. The retreat aims to ensure you get a real Malawian experience and throughout you can see the integration of local traditions and culture around, especially through the crafts and decor. Experience some of the many exciting activities on offer and create those memorable moments. It’s a home-away-from-home stay, settle in and enjoy the hospitality and culture of this family-owned business.

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Here is something different to enjoy that most places don’t offer. Their 9-hole golf course is situated in a beautiful setting, somewhat challenging too with all the baobabs around the course. Whether you are a keen golfer or just trying out, it’s a fun way to see some more of the gorgeous landscape and enjoy the beauty of the birdlife around.


Conservation & the Community

The Makokola Retreat has always ensured to make the local community contributors, and, over the years the retreat has strengthened the long-term commitment to the community. Local villages have been trained to help build the lodge itself, women thatch the roofs and some of the furnishings have been locally handmade – you look around the retreat and admire the touches around. When it comes to the food, they grow their own fresh produce or use the local fishermen nearby for the delicious fish dishes the chef creates – fresh every day!

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.

  • Beautiful place to relax

    This is a beautiful, quiet and immaculately maintained lakeside resort, perfect to relax in luxury for a few days. There are great views over the lake and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. We (family of 4 including daughters aged 17 and 21) arrived by small plane at the resort’s private airstrip and received a very warm welcome. Everyone at Makokola was extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to ensure we got the most out of our visit. Special thanks to Nick and Greg for arranging the activities – would highly recommend the speedboat trip to the nearby island to feed the fish and birds and see other wildlife, including the local croc!

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Could not have asked for more

    My colleagues and I were visiting Nkopola for a multiple month trip and I can confidently say that our best discovery was the Makokola. The owner and staff welcomed us with open arms and did everything imaginable to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. We had the freedom of choosing any location on Lake Malawi, and by the time we ended up there, we were at our home away from home. The food, rooms, and quality of service, specifically attended to by the owner, make the Makokola a place that not only will we return to, but we will be recommending to anyone wishing for a first class experience. Don’t think twice, because there is nothing better on Lake Malawi.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • A refreshing breakaway

    Made a day visit to the place. Walking on the beach was an experience to behold managed to interact with the fishermen and experience true Africa at its best. The sunset was a heart stopping experience.

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Southern Lakeshore, Lake Malawi
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConAir-Con or Fan
  • Number of rooms:67 rooms. (Beach Rooms, Family Rooms, Lake Suites, Sunset Villa)
  • Child policy:Lake Suite Section 12+ years. Other Rooms – children welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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