Set among beautiful gardens on the southern coast of Lake Malawi, The Makokola Retreat is a charming resort-style beach hotel. The spacious lawns, endless beach and low palms make the resort an ideal spot to relax and unwind after an exciting African safari. Head out onto the calm waters of the Lake for some sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.

If it's the water's depths that interest you, then don scuba gear or a snorkel mask and start exploring Lake Malawi's underwater paradise. There are plenty of on-land activities to choose from as well; enjoy a round of golf, a game of tennis or badminton, or even a friendly beach volleyball match. There is also an enormous swimming pool with a laid-back pool bar which offers cocktails and ice-cold beer.


  • Located on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Laid-back resort-style beach hotel
  • Wide variety of water & land activities
  • Tranquil gardens, swimming pool & beach views
  • Unique signature spa treatments at Lake Spa
  • Day cruises of the lake on the MV Sunbird
  • Perfect beach holiday destination

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Visit the African-themed spa and indulge in one of Lake Spa's unique signature treatments which use indigenous plant ingredients.

Play a round of golf on the exquisite 9-hole, par-3 Mlambe Golf Course which is located just next door to the The Makokola Retreat. The course follows the natural features of the area with streams, small lagoons, and baobab trees producing natural obstacles.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Tennis Court
    Computer facilities


Meals at The Makokola Retreat are an exciting experience, with dishes created using authentic Malawian flavours and a Mediterranean influence. Ingredients are fresh as they are locally grown on the property, and the setting for your dining will inspire you - sit beside the lake, in a unique themed setting, or on a torch-lit terrace by the beach.

Standard Beach Room

Club Makokola offers a variety of rooms and suites, all of which are set in the beautifully landscaped gardens and most of which overlook Lake Malawi.

Located on the lakefront, the 26 en suite Beach Rooms are furnished in a contemporary African-style and feature a king-sized bed or two single beds with mosquito netting. The bathrooms have a separate shower and bath, and have dual vanities. Each room leads out onto a private terrace with sun chairs.

Standard Beach Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom
    Mosquito net

Other Room Types

Surrounded by tranquil, lush gardens, the 12 Family Rooms have two single beds and two sets of bunk beds to accommodated two adults and four children. The bathroom has one shower and a single vanity. Each of the rooms has a private terrace with sun chairs where you can relax and admire the view.

The nine Lake Villas are tastefully decorated in an authentic African style, with en suite bathrooms which feature a separate shower and bath, and dual vanities. All of the suites have a separate sitting area, with a private veranda and views of the lake.

Situated at the eastern end of the property is the two-bedroom en suite Chiefs Villa which, similar to the other rooms, is designed in a contemporary African-style. Screened by the natural vegetation for maximum privacy, the Villa is an ideal option for families or small groups. The master bedroom features a king-sized bed with an en suite bathroom with shower, dual vanities, and oversized bath. The second bedroom has two twin beds and an en suite bathroom with shower and single vanity. A stylish sitting room provides a comfortable space in which to relax, while a large beachfront garden with sun beds offers stunning views of the lake.

Experience Lake Malawi from the water with an overnight cruise on the MV Sunbird. This 24-metre-long cruiser has all the amenities needed for a short excursion around the famous lake. There are three cabins that can sleep up to eight guests, two toilet areas, and a fully-fitted kitchen, as well as a sun deck and comfortable lounge.


  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Boat excursions
  • Canoeing
  • Cultural tours
  • Day tours
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Historical tours
  • Motorised water activities
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Water-skiing
  • Local village visits
  • Sunset cruises
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $205 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Lake View Beach Room,Chief's Villa,Lake Villa Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

Africa Safari Expert

"'Club Mak' works perfectly for families in particular as there are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained and busy. Beautiful long beach..."



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