Our Guest House

The Friendly Gecko Guest House offers you the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Lake Malawi and experience authentic Malawian village life.

If you are an expat living in Lilongwe looking to spend a weekend at the Lake without spending exorbitant amounts of money at the resorts or if you are a backpacker looking to experience authentic Malawi then our Guest House is the perfect place for your stay.

Our Guest House is located in the village of Lifuwu right on the shores of Lake Malawi. We are only a 20 minute car ride or a beautiful hour walk along the Lake to the nearby Senga Bay resorts.  As we are located in the closest proximity to Lake Malawi from Lilongwe, we offer an alternative to the busy and touristy Cape Maclear or Nkata Bay.  Vacation at the Lake on a budget by visiting the nearby resorts and attractions in the area during the day, while staying at a reasonably priced and quiet place at the end of the day.

We offer an affordable and genuine adventure for guests looking for a culturally enriching experience.  Explore the local community by visiting the market, rice fields, the fisherman’s wharf, and playing with the resident children in the Lake. Additionally, guests can visit our community projects within walking distance of the Guest House to gain insight into Malawi’s educational and health care systems. 

All of our rooms are fitted with mosquito nets and fans.  Our Guest House has a large garden and community area that are perfect for unwinding after a long day of adventures. Sit outside on our veranda and watch the sun rise and set over Lake Malawi. Use our TV and DVD player for a movie night. Snacks and drinks (soda/beer) are always available for purchase in the living room. Use our kitchen or BBQ to prepare dinner.

Monday to Friday lunch is prepared and available for purchase (USD 2). We prepare a delicious mixture of local and "Western" dishes.  Internet access is available and can be purchased for a low fee.

What we love the most: Meeting new people and bringing volunteers and guests together to share Malawian stories and experiences! We offer a safe, carefree, and comfortable environment for your exciting adventures in Africa.   

If you have questions, problems, or need information, our on-site managers are always available to help.

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The Friendly Gecko Malawi


Our Location

The Friendly Gecko Guest House is located in Lifuwu, Malawi. From the airport in Lilongwe it takes approximately 1.5 hours to get to us and it costs around USD 100 in a private taxi. We are happy to arrange airport pick-up for you.  Many international airlines fly directly to Lilongwe.

If you are coming from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) you can chose to travel by air, bus or train. Unfortunately it is pretty expensive to fly, one-way tickets are starting from USD 250. However, there is a direct bus twice a week between the two cities and it takes approximately 30 hours. 

You can also take the train to the border of Malawi staying there over night and taking the bus to Lilongwe. It's an exciting and nice experience to travel by train and the track goes straight through the Selous Game Reserve.


General Remarks

Please be aware that we only accept Kwacha or USD banknotes issued after the year 2006, as is common practice in Malawi. 

The state run electricity supply is unfortunately not always very reliable. Therefore electronic devices such as TV or DVD may not be permanently available.  Deep conversations by candlelight are all part of the adventure!


If you would like to get to know the country and its people better: Have a look at our unique activities offered.

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