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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...

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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...

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Only slept here one night while staying in Caoe maclear. Dorm was decent and clean. Bathrooms were decent as well, normal water pressure. Food is not included in the dorm so bring yourself or order from the kitchen. The chicken curry was tasty.

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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of 14 and was advised to book the meal early in the day. Booked the food and it was served on time and was absolutely delicious. Very friendly staff who took time to meet and greet us as we arrived. Spectacular views during the day and a great atmosphere at night.

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Thank Brian S
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

A campsites night in the beach under wild mango trees. Basic but clean ablutions and a good bar and restaurant on site. Good location, near to the local village, fresh fish, souvenirs and trips all available from locals, bargain for prices.

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Thank AWildLife
Lusaka, Zambia
Reviewed 4 October 2016

A nice place to stay with clean rooms and friendly hosts. The dog scared my littles ones so not the best if you are not dog people. The food service was quite slow too even when it wasn't very busy which is not the best when you have hungry little tummies to feed.

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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We ate here as a group of 9 and service was very slow, and that's in comparison to everywhere else we also ate in a large group! They also didn't have a few items on the menu and it's a pretty small menu to start with. It's also pricier than surrounding restaurants and the food wasn't as good. I think...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 August 2016

I had a great time here, the staff were friendly and the rooms were basic but clean and comfortable, which is all you want. Right on the beach on Cape Maclear. Food was good with a good choice on the menu, plenty of fresh fish. I will be going back the next time I go to Malawi.

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Fat Monkeys

Address: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Price Range: $68 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Fat Monkeys Cape Maclear, Malawi
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“Stay in the dorm rooms. They open right onto the beach. Worth every penny of the absurdly cheap 10 USD.”
 of 5 bubbles Katesurfer, 9 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Choose the standalone bungalows for more than just a 'room'.”
 of 5 bubbles MarcGbay, 8 Jan 2013 | Read review
“The dorms looked fine although we stayed on the camp site.”
 of 5 bubbles 17HeatherC, 12 Nov 2012 | Read review
“Just camp under the mango tree and wake to a view of Lake Malawi”
 of 5 bubbles Vengavamos, 20 Aug 2012 | Read review
“We stayed in an en suite double which is far more expensive than dorms, but having spent most of our trip to Malawi in dorms or with shared bathrooms this was well worth the increase in price. I cant comment on the standard of the cheaper accommodation options though!”
 of 5 bubbles MJR1987, 14 May 2012 | Read review
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