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Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Camped on the beach only a stones throw from the lakes edge, great spot! It's a fusion of tourism and village completely intertwined - locals going about their regular day washing, fishing, boating in the lake while tourists are canoeing, swimming and sunbathing by the lake. All side by side. Food was awesome and the staff were great! Best french...

Thank Haig B
London, West Virginia
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We had a fantastic lunch with the owners of fat monkeys who were able to tell us of their many adventures living in Malawi..Geoff is a Malawian citizen with a great sense of humour and a delight to meet. The restaurant is great and I recommend their wraps.

Thank westerntraveler2013
Reviewed 4 March 2017

After being stuck in Lilongwe for four days waiting for my lost luggage, all I wanted to do was relax... and then, after a loooong and bumpy ride, we reached a tiny fishing village and I thought I had stepped into a time warp! I was sure the driver was lost, but then I saw that we had arrived and...

Thank Nora B
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The place has a perfect location, close to the beach. Staff is friendly and food is nice. Lodges are fine. Camping is small, so with a little bad luck the place is full. First day the place was overcrowded due to a full dorm and the campsite being full. The next day the place was nice a relaxed. When less...

Thank Koen B
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Campsite was right on the beach overlooking the lake with lots of shade. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Do yourself a favor and try the French toast! We had an awesome stay and wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank Caitlin B
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I was planning to visit Fat Monkeys for an off weekend while I was working in Northern Mozambique. Well I ended up staying 12 nights. It's an amazingly beautiful spot. Camp spots has loads of shade all day and the views are second to none looking over lake Malawi and Thumbi west Island. The staff was exceptionally friendly! They have...

Thank Leon v
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Very decent lodge which means it's clean, tidy and friendly personal. Food is great and campsite is good! On the other side it may feel somewhat empty and dry let's say. Some plants would be nice, but the bar makes up for it.

Thank Marjolein B
Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I visited here a couple of years ago and again now. Can noticibly see this place going down. Menu choices have been limited drastically. No Chambo on menu? What limited items served on menu is prepared well. Rooms need some attention. Staff is very friendly. Bar on beach but no lake view rooms.

Thank liketravelling2016
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The location was stunning. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We had some great evenings - they had other guests doing fire dancing on the beach. It has a very friendly and interactive vibe. Food was average but cheap. Tours had to all be organised through guys on the beach. They were great, but would be better if there...

Thank Sophie H
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 24 October 2016

So after being a total Ocean fanatic I didn't know what to expect from the Lake....all I can say is wow. My family regularly stay at Fat Monkeys and said that a trip to Malawi is not complete without a visit to the lake. Great place to get away and relax and meet new people and make friends, food was...

Thank Cheryl G

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Additional Information about Fat Monkeys

Address: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Price Range: $68 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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“Stock up on cash, no ATM nearby! And you won't want to leave”
norab857, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Stay in the dorm rooms. They open right onto the beach. Worth every penny of the absurdly cheap 10 USD.”
Katesurfer, 9 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Choose the standalone bungalows for more than just a 'room'.”
MarcGbay, 8 Jan 2013 | Read review
“The dorms looked fine although we stayed on the camp site.”
17HeatherC, 12 Nov 2012 | Read review
“Just camp under the mango tree and wake to a view of Lake Malawi”
Vengavamos, 20 Aug 2012 | Read review
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