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“Lovely oasis on Zomba Plateau”
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Zomba Forest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Zomba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2017

ZFL was the start of our honeymoon and it eased us in gently! cooler as up the plateau with a breeze, and no mozzies! And we really embraced switching off and living by the light with no internet or electricity! Petal, Tom along with Saxon & Loki the dogs made us feel so welcome.... the food is amazing with hidden little spots for lunch and communal dinner to natter away with the other guests..... we slept well, read books in the hammocks listening to the birds and butterflies fluttering by. The other day we did a 3 hour horse ride up the plateau, which was lovely too. ZFL is an Oasis amongst the deforestation..... they are trying to educate and plant trees, an amazing cause. Would recommend this lovely place Natalie & Stuf

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

There is nothing not to love. I frequented ZFL during two years working a stressful job in Malawi and it never failed to restore my mind, body and soul. The best food in Malawi - Petal, Clement and Asinta work miracles in the kitchen - nutritious and delicious fare at every mealtime. I was never hungry and was forever amazed at the dishes they made with local produce. Tea on the khonde, hot showers by candlelight, discovery walks in the garden and forest, comfy cosy beds. ZFL is ideal whether you want solitude or to meet interesting people from around the world - I always met interesting people here plus the hosts - Tom & Petal - are wonderful conversation. Over time, the team at ZFL became friends and it always felt like a glorious home away from home. They note what you eat during your stay and if you return, ensure you get to sample new dishes (unless, like me, you fall in love with the potato rosti and chutneys and then they make it for you as a treat...). This is a perfect corner of the world and especially wonderful when it gets too hot - above the town, it is cooler and malaria free, so no nets!

As if delicious food, a glorious garden and perfect hosts were insufficient, the ZFL team are also working hard to restore the forest. Deforestation is rapid on the Zomba Plateau, placing the water and soil in danger. Whether its planting trees, fighting fires or working with the community to protect trees and water - these guys are working tirelessly to protect the essentials for life.

I cannot recommend ZFL enough. Get booking - you will not regret it. I'll be returning just as soon as I can fly back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are glorious
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

FANTASTIC. Tom and Petal, the managers, are extremely nice people, and nothing is too much to make you feel at home. Is is a small lodge, 4 rooms, but ,as a matter of fact, it feels really as you are at home. Nice garden to relex, nice varandae to have a drink, and the diner, which you do togehter with other guasts , is of high quality.

Room Tip: The rooms are all situated in the same situation. Not very big, but enough space.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a very nice guesthouse with a beautiful garden. They have a cozy livingroom with a fireplace. The food was excellent!! Petal and Tom are very anxious to make your stay
as pleasant as possible. We made a wonderful walk with a guide from the guesthouse through the old wood with a little river and waterfalls. The sleepingrooms ar not so big, but Petal can arrange something with your luggage. Thank you very much for this nice experience in Malawi. Also thank you for very friendly staff!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

It was absolutely fantastic. Great rooms, beautiful furnished in African style, and the garden was just so beautiful to walk in. You could walk for miles and enjoy the birds, monkeys, the beautiful vegetation, the waterfall. Everywhere in the garden at the house were nice private places to sit and enjoy the sounds of the birds.
No electricity, but solar lamps to take with you in your room. These lasted all night. In the evenings by the fireplace, Tom and Petal came by to have a nice chat. And to explain how there project against deforestation works. Great job they're doing.
But the most perfect of all was: the food! We have never had such great food, luckily we had booked full board! We have never been to a place before, were everything was so perfect, every detail was right. Thank you Tom and Petal for a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Just go there and enjoy yourself. If you ever go to Malawi, don't miss this place.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for just one night but could have stayed a couple more as would have liked to explore hiking trails. The home cooked food was outstanding, best I had in Malawi. Really nice setting, great views and worth taking a short stroll to watch the sunset. Be prepared for a slightly bumpy entrance though!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Thinking back on our family holiday, it was a year ago to the day that we stayed at Zomba Forest Lodge. We still have really happy memories of our excellent stay there. Tom & Petal's hospitality is superb. ZFL blends a combination of fine dining and exquisite artwork with a relaxed and homely feel. The hosts not only lovingly prepare beautiful meals, but they are also then willing to come and chat during the evening and 'share life together'. If you are looking for electricity or high tech gadgets then you may want to stay away ... but if you love seeing the beauty of creation in a relaxed and friendly environment and enjoy wide-ranging, even philosophical, conversations then Zomba Forest Lodge could well be just what you are looking for. You may even remember it with happy memories a year after your visit!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Tim392
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Address: Zomba Mountain, Zomba, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Southern Region > Zomba
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Zomba
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zomba Forest Lodge - A haven of peace and quiet, nestled half-way Zomba Mountain within 20 acres of mixed woodland, a real treat for those seeking to escape the daily hustle and bustle. The lodge has no electricity so it is wonderfully atmospheric with candles and paraffin lamps and in the winter, a roaring fire. Zomba Forest Lodge is more than just a lodge, it is a home aways from home and we treat guests that way. Those who choose to stay with us can opt to hike around the mountain, amble around the gardens or spend a hard day relaxing in our stunning gardens. Our rates include your room with en-suite bathroom, full breakfast, lunch and a beautiful 3 course dinner. Please contact us for more information ... more   less 

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