Tranquil, unique, idyllic … these are just some of the many adjectives that are used by patrons of this unforgettable retreat, which is set right on the edge of the shores of southern Lake Malawi. In a nutshell: this is authentic Africa – with a lavish side order of luxury of course. Nestled among picturesque palm fringes, just north of Mangochi, Makokola Retreat features lush, green gardens and inviting pathways that lead onto white beaches – and one would be forgiven for thinking you’re on some remote ocean island and not in the heart of this continent.
The location of Makokola could not be more spectacular, and is matched by the retreat’s beautifully maintained grounds where tropical flowers are par for the course. Matching the pristine exterior, Makokola’s spacious beach villas and rooms are warm and inviting, and reflective of the easy pace of life that’s encouraged here.
But there’s also a lot on offer for those who wish to experience a bit of an adrenalin rush, such as parasailing, snorkelling, waterskiing, sailing and catamaran cruising. One particular treat is spotting an African Fish Eagle, who regularly makes an appearance on Makokola’s Siesta Sunset Cruise around Bird Island. For languid afternoons of reading and sipping something refreshing, the retreat’s Olympic-sized salt-water beach pool – complete with its own bar – is just the ticket. While drinking in the mesemerising surroundings of course.
Golfing enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the nearby nine-hole course is a thrilling experience in every way – and even boasts the presence of a young crocodile who resides alongside the ninth hole, which will no doubt provide much nervous merriment.
Excursions to the Zomba Plateau National Park, the Mua Mission and local fishing villages are also on offer, while the Manja wa Lusa Lake Spa provides a welcome respite from all these exciting acitivities. The spa’s five treatment rooms are ideally situated in the gardens, and here, Traditional African elements are combined with international practices to create a unique Malawian experience.
To get to Makokola, guests can fly into Makokola’s own aerodrome; or drive (a three-hour journey) from the international airports of Blantyre or Lilongwe.
- Bird Watching
- Boat Cruises
- Para Sailing