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Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Fortuna, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We didn't stay there but often went for breakfast and other meals. Food was always good. Service is very friendly and one of the most efficient in Cape MacLear. Always a good option for sundowners or just a cool down drink. Would definitely recommend it!

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

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food, our friendly staff and our service standard. We are continually improving and from comments a few months back about our slow food service, we have worked with our Chefs to improve our delivery times. As management, we are very glad to hear that the effort...

Pune, India
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Amazing view, food was also good, beach is clean, staff was polite and service was good,rooms are not that good, insect killer smell was strong when we checked in apart from that no complains, clean beds, clean toilet and bathroom, makes good stay for bag packers and other travelers who is searching for economical accommodation, Limited menu but Chef and...

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

Thank you for your review Sudhir. The Funkys team are happy to hear that you had a great time with us and made the most of our facilities we have on offer. We are continually improving our menu and there will be many more items in the near future with a more varied option, but we're always happy to accommodate...

Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 December 2016

The manager Rikki is a total legend, super helpful and great to chat with. This passes on to the staff who are brilliant and always around (good at pool mind, so watch out for that!). Facilities are top-notch and it is a really nice place to chill out. Lots of comfortable seating and hammocks! Ideally situated so you can either...

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

Hi Doug. Thanks for your kind words, I'm always around the lodge to have a drink or a joke with the guests. Glad to hear that you've taken away a great experience with us and that our friendly funky team have made your stay enjoyable (albeit them beating you at pool). We are looking into the drinking water situation and...

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  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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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: R131 - R393 (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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 of 5 bubbles kimberlys554, 18 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Dorms were comfortable and clean”
 of 5 bubbles lael0, 14 Oct 2015 | Read review
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