We spent 5 nights here at the end of a safari tour in Zambia, flying to Malawi in a very tiny bush plane. The trip from Lilongwe airport to the lake was pretty long (about 3.5 hours) but gave an opportunity to see quite a bit of the country. Danforth Yachting itself is a charming small lodge right on the lake, with lovely gardens, pristine beach (sand swept every morning!) and a small infinity pool. The owners Howard and Michelle are very hands-on and attentive. For most of the time we were there we were the only guests so they spent time with us in the bar and at tea telling tales of Africa. Michelle runs an excellent kitchen - the food was first rate - and Howard was always available to organise the various activities that are on offer at the lodge. We went on the sunset cruise on Mufasa, Howard's very splendid catamaran, and by good luck that was the night of the super moon, which we saw rising over Lake Malawi. Combined with the copious champagne supplied by Howard, that made for a very special trip.
The rooms are large and comfortable although beginning to show signs of wear. Unfortunately because the rains were late, electricity was on ration so we had a couple of nights with no air-con or fans which was pretty uncomfortable. Otherwise it was fine.
The owners have two very large and charming dogs who spent a good deal of time with us, but anyone who doesn't love dogs might find them a bit disconcerting- although I'm sure the owners would put them away if required.
Altogether a very comfortable and relaxing few days to complete our visit to Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Danforth Yachting, situated on the beach at Cape Maclear bordering the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb lakeside accommodation. Danforth is both a luxury lodge and a Malawi yacht charter company. The Lodge has eight spacious, en-suite rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular lake views. Swimming pool, watersports, scuba diving and sailing. Double, twin and family en-suite, air conditioned rooms. Great hosting. Excellent meals. Full board. Bar with DSTV. The live-aboard catamaran yacht Mufasa, a 10 berth luxury yacht, is available for crewed yacht charters to the far corners of Lake Malawi. ... more less