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Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Funky Cichlid offers clean and comfortable accommodation for an excellent price. We stayed in individual rooms and found them to be spacious and cheerful - I loved the funky artwork on the walls! Staff at this place are very friendly and I loved my stay here! I can't relate to other reviewers who have commented on it being very loud...

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Hout Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

This backpacker is well located just on the beach with a lovely view. Before to write any guest review we have to take into consideration that it is not an easy job to manage such a guesthouse in Malawi.. The bar and the "restaurant" are lovely but very noisy at night especially when all people of the village are coming...

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FunkyCichlid, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Hi Patrice, Thank You for your review. We're glad you had a enjoyable stay. We take on-board all constructive feedback from yourself, so thanks for your input. Since your stay in July 2016, 9 months ago, we have undergone improvements to our service levels after reviewing food times and have significantly reduced our lead times to around 45 minutes. In...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two years ago we spent Valentine's Day here. Enjoyed ourselves. We came back with a friend this time. Great place to relax. Cape Maclear is a must go to destination. Funky just creates an atmosphere we can relax. Polite and helpful staff, clean toilets, a great deck, tasty food - we had their English breakfast and then Lunch. Satisfied! Watched...

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FunkyCichlid, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're happy to hear that you had a great time with us here at Funkys. We do try our best to make all our guests comfortable and have a memorable stay with us. We hope to have you stay with us again and as the saying goes, 'Third time lucky', and that Steak may be available.

Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed at funky on a team building trip and I had an amazing.. *AS ALWAYS*. This is a budget lodge but the service is brilliant. The staff is super friendly and very helpful. The view is gorgeous. The sunrise and sunsets are just amazing. This is always my first place of choice to stay as it is a budget...

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FunkyCichlid, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Great to hear that you keep coming back to stay with us at the lake and that you and your team had an enjoyable time with us. Thanks for letting us know about the insect killer, we're trying to keep those creepy-crawlies out, if any, but do understand it can be overwhelming at times, so we've...

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I had a good time staying in the hostel. Staffs were alway there for you trying to help you and very friendly. Manager is great and friendly as well. Food is a bit expensive. But overall I enjoyed very much!!

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FunkyCichlid, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Hi Willy, Thanks for your review and kind words, Great to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us and it's good to know that you found our staff polite and helpful. We feel our food is reasonably priced, similar prices to other lodges who are on the lakefront in which we all try to source quality ingredients which...

Fortuna, California
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed last night and unfortunately arrived late, which I would not recommend driving to cape maclear at night. The road is maybe the worst in Malawi. The first room they gave us had holes in the window screen, mosquito nets that didn't even cover the beds and a fan that didn't work. So we checked out several others until we...

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The_Funky_Cichlid, Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with us. We also do not recommend driving at night time to Cape Maclear, the roads are dark and windy. We're aware of the crack in the glass window and we're waiting on delivery of glass so it's fixed, the metal gauze still is in tact and protects from mosquito's...

Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

It was our first trip to the Cape Mac area and we booked to stay at TFC for a week. Our room was not great but had the basics. The staff, food and general activities available was great. October is a very hot month at the Lake. The lack of Eskom power is a constant challenge for these resorts. However,...

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The_Funky_Cichlid, Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Great that you enjoyed your time at the lake and stay with us. Yes unfortunately the power hasn't been the best this year, but we have now purchased a big generator which is used at suitable times. We look forward to seeing you again.

Mariestad, Sweden
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I had such a great time at this place. The views are incredible and the cocktails are too good. Very accommodating and one of the most welcoming places as the staff are super friendly and helpful. Food overall was really tasty and reasonably priced. The Funky burger was my favourite though don't miss to eat there! Hired their SUP which...

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The_Funky_Cichlid, Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and all the staff wish you well for the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

My friend Jamie and I drove 2,400 kms from Kenya to visit Cape Maclear. Everywhere was full, camping areas included. I set up camp in Funky's car park, and stayed a week. One of the best holidays I've ever had. Cold drinksband good food. We drank cold beer 24/7 and ate whenever we were hungry. My total bill was only...

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MalawianStyle, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

The staff and management are glad that you both had a memorable time with us at Funkys. We try our best to ensure all our guests leave with a fantastic experience of Cape Maclear whilst having an enjoyable and comfortable stay at our lodge. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Sooo, let me start with the cons of this place. We booked this place based on the information on their website. No where was it stated that this 'hotel' is actually a backpackers lodge. Had, I have known, I never would have stayed. The rooms Do not look like the ones pictured online. Imagine lots of filter magic. The beds...

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MalawianStyle, General Manager at The Funky Cichlid, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, we're glad you had some enjoyable time at our lodge with our food, bar area and atmosphere. Our website, tripadvisor, instagram and facebook paints a true picture of our rooms and are exactly as the pictures show. If you had looked through our website and read our tripadvisor reviews you can clearly see that we are...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Resting on the shore of Cape Maclear resides our piece of paradise. Rooms are simple but an ethos of joy and fun runs through the lodge. The activity center hosts an array of experiences, including water skiing and kayaking. Beach dinners on the beach can be arranged - no request is too much. Based closed to the village for those who wish to see community life and explore the market. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Funky Cichlid

Address: West Side of Cape Maclear Beach | Follow the Signs for Funky Cichlid!, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Price Range: R126 - R379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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“All rooms are beautiful .”
 of 5 bubbles leomZ8819YU, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Pick a room at the back if you want a quieter cooler room”
 of 5 bubbles ReggieLombard, 20 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Room 8 was right next to the toilet/shower block, but got very hot at night.”
 of 5 bubbles cat_bolsover, 10 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Get a bed by a window if you want to stay cool.”
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“Dorms were comfortable and clean”
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