Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Lake Malawi

A unique safari-style lodge on a small island in Lake Malawi National Park: the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation in a tranquil, private setting.

Voted best location in Malawi in the 2020 Safari Awards, this is an excellent place to end your trip as you immerse yourself in nature and enjoy island-life at your leisure.

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Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Located on Nankoma Island, Lake Malawi National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). A 2 hour drive from Lilongwe airport to Senga Bay. There is then a 20 minute boat transfer from Senga Bay to Nankoma Island. 


1x Family Cottage, 1x smaller Cottage, and 10 safari-style ensuite tented chalets (including 2 family chalets).

Room features include:

Ensuite bathroom
Tea/coffee facilities
Private balconies (larger in executives with lake views)
Pedestal fans

The cottage has a bathtub, additional lounge and drinks fridge

Executive Chalet Superior Family Cottage Executive Chalet Exterior Superior Family Cottage Exterior

Main pool in the common area

Spa – set under an ancient fig tree, overlooking Lake Malawi

Gift shop

Bar/Dining options – dining at Bee-Eater restaurant. Private dining can be set up upon request (at the swimming pool, beach, Babobab garden or sunset deck).

Nature Trails

Hammock Sundowners Poolside Dining Spa

Inclusive activities are nature trails, use of kayaks and snorkels, birding.

Other activities at an additional cost include spa treatments, motorized activities (sunset cruise, snorkel trip to Nakantenga Island, watersports – tube, ski, wake board). 

Kayaking Nature Trail Skiing Tubing Fish Fisherman Kayak Kingfisher

Children of all ages are welcome.

There is 1 x Superior Family Cottage and 2x Family Chalets

Open All Year

Through Blue Zebra there is direct support for pupils at a local primary school and donations from guests for this school (e.g. books and stationary, sports equipment and outfits). With Lake Malawi National Park authorities, community education on overfishing.

Conservation Projects include the protection of Lake Malawi National Park’s biodiversity, with focus on tackling the issue of overfishing. 100m demarcated no-fishing zones around the islands to allow for natural breeding of fish, particularly Cichlids (a popular species of fish in Lake Malawi, with many endemic to the islands).

All guests pay park fees which contributes to the protection of the Marelli Islands. Direct donations can be made to community and conservation projects and to the Marelli Islands Trust.

Fishermen Rangers

The camp is run on solar electricity with backup generator ​

Data bundles available for purchase to access the internet 

Arrival procedure: a boat transfer is required from Senga Bay to Nankoma Island.

Scheduled daily transfers are inclusive; private or off-schedule transfers can be pre-booked at additional cost. 

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