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Sambani Lodge

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Before we went to Sambani our friends told us not to expect much and unfortunately they were right. The staff were mostly laying on the sofas sleeping or watching TV and not really professional or bothered that they had guests. When we wanted to order drinks the barman was fast asleep on one of the sofas. I had to wake...

Thank Kylie C. B
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Bad standard, bad food. Whole place seems old. The beach is beautiful though. Luckily they had cold beers, and the price isn't bad. We didn't spend the night. There are other lodges you should consider first, before booking a stay here. If you're a backpacker on a tight budget, this place should do it

1Thank Oda H
Reviewed 11 September 2014

after the long and dusty road to the lodge it opens into an idyllic setting with palm trees, mature trees and well spaced out rooms...all with mosquito nets, bathroom, fan...and good meals though the evening meal didnt quite fill us after a days travelling!!

2Thank annieo1
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed a few nights here and it's lovely, large double rooms with views of the lake. Very quiet set down a lane about 2km from the road. We got here on the bus but had to be picked up as it was late, although they managed to help they aren't really set up for lifts and it worked out...

Thank ccknight23
Aberdovey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 July 2013

My wife and I stayed here on the recommendation of a work colleague from Mzuzu, as he always uses it. It is sound - can't argue. The worst thing about the place is the access road: anyone who knows Malawi will have been down some rough roads in their time, but I think this one is up there. It goes...

Thank smog32
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 March 2013

This is an incredible setting for a beautiful lodge. Directly on a quiet and spectacular beach, camping is available (very safe) and good rooms. The restaurant offers delicious chambo and the bar has cheap beers, open as long as you are there. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Sunrise, sunset, beach, locals, bao games, you can't beat the simple...

1Thank Allardyced
Limassol, Cyprus
Reviewed 12 November 2012

Sambani was great. We keep reading reviews about planned rennovations, let's hope it doesn't spoil the brilliant down to earth ambience and dirt cheap prices here! It is pretty basic but it is excellent value. The Malawian staff really could not have been nicer or more helpful, and the spacious lawned gardens down to the fabulous beach were peaceful and...

Thank D H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 28 October 2012

This was the third (and best) place we stayed after our arrival in Lilongwe. First was St Peter's Rest House in Lilongwe. Safe but VERY basic. Next was Katoto Lodge. Staff was nice, but building looked has fallen into disrepair. Sambani was a welcome change of venue. Beautiful beach, basic lodging, but outlets weren't usable. The Lodge has a new...

1Thank k75karol
Boom, Belgium
Reviewed 27 January 2011

During our tour through Malawi we landed at the Sambani lodge (based on the Bradt guide). The major plus points are the nice beach, rest&peace and value for money. The downside of this place is the kitchen: The food is very basic without variation. Our room was very basic but clean. At night is was a spectacle to sit outside...

Thank MatejKarpisek
Reviewed 8 September 2009

You just don't feel like your in a tourist trap here. From the sunrise over the lake at 5.50 am through the heat of the day on the sperkling white sand, to the cool evening breeze under the moonlight, to the sounding of tumbling surf, and the pinprick lights of scores of fishermen out on the lake, I had to...

Thank Stromulous

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sambani Lodge is a lakeside hotel, guesthouse and hostel retreat for local, international and budget visitors. We invite and welcome families, backpackers and travelers who wish to discover the unspoiled Lake Malawi beaches and hospitality Sambani Lodge has to offer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sambani Lodge

Address: 89 Box, Chinteche, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Northern Region > Chinteche
Price Range: $20 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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“all rooms face the lake!”
annieo1, 11 Sep 2014 | Read review
“Choose the Executive chalets!”
smog32, 10 Jul 2013 | Read review
“They will be remodeling so it's difficult to say.”
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