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    The Funky Cichlid

    | West Side of Cape Maclear Beach, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
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    2017/08/27 2017/08/28
    Traveller (85)
    Pool & Beach (36)
    Room & Suite (11)
    • Excellent67%
    • Very good23%
    • Average4%
    • Poor2%
    • Terrible4%
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    1 - 5 of 73 reviews

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Definitely one of the best Backpacker Hostels you can find in Cape Maclear! The location is just awesome with best views of the Lake and an Island (forgot the name ;) ), a clean sandy beach which is perfect for sunbathing, a round of Beach...More

    Thank nadjapilz
    Response from FunkyCichlid, Manager at The Funky CichlidResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for your review! It was just a pleasure hosting you and we hope you will be back very soon. That one is Thumbi Island, but next time you could also look at a trip to Domwe for a quiet night :)...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    My friends and I had a great stay at The Funky Cichlid! The lodge was so charming and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating...they made all the beds in the dorm upon our arrival, and let some of us who forgot towels borrow...More

    Thank Emily C
    Response from FunkyCichlid, Manager at The Funky CichlidResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for the feedback Emily and for staying at The Funky Cichlid. We really appreciated you taking the time to add your review. Wishing you a safe journey home after your travels and hope you will be back to Malawi at some...More

    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    The cichlid is a great place for a visit to lake Malawi! This is a very affordable place for those on a budget. Rooms are comfortable and the food is excellent and very reasonably priced. They offer a wide array of activities such as kayaking,...More

    Thank Adam E
    Response from FunkyCichlid, Manager at The Funky CichlidResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for your review Adam! We really appreciate it :) We loved hosting you and hope you'll make it back someday!

    Reviewed 17 May 2017

    Location: Chewbe village is lakeside fishing town with lots of local activities. The Funky Cichlid (an endemic fish) is located between the end of the village start of national park, and the lake shore. You can find it easily by heading for the national park...More

    Thank EnglishTripHead
    Response from FunkyCichlid, Manager at The Funky CichlidResponded 31 May 2017

    Thank you so much for your review. We'd glad to hear you had a good stay at Funky's and enjoyed the team. We hope to welcome you back to the lake again soon!

    Reviewed 3 May 2017

    We were staying up the beach but ended up here for sundowns, dinner, and dancing both evenings of our trip. It's a fun little spot on the beach and you really can't go wrong with Cape Maclear. Take an evening sunset cruise out on a...More

    Thank Andrea F
    Response from FunkyCichlid, Manager at The Funky CichlidResponded 12 May 2017

    Thank you so much Andrea! We're glad the sundowners turned into an extended stay & loved the energy you guys brought with you! That sunset view never gets old, so we hope you'll be back to join us again soon & the Malawi Gin will...More

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    • Top amenities
    • Beachfront
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
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    • Free Parking
    • Laundry Service
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    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Price range
    • US$15 - US$30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Number of rooms
    • 15
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    • Malawi >
    • Lake Malawi National Park >
    • Cape Maclear
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    Traveller (85)
    Pool & Beach (36)
    Room & Suite (11)
    Dining (6)
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    "Dorms are best price, and quietest."
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    "Fun spot on the beach!"
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    "Pick a room at the back if you want a quieter cooler room"
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