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Chembe Eagles Nest
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

We didn’t stay at this particular lodge but went and spent an afternoon there and had lunch. Situated at the end of the bay it separates you from the busyness of the lake edge you find further around the bay.
The views were stunning and we enjoyed swimming in the lake there and jumping off the rocks. Lunch was a very limited choice of burgers or fish and chips. Burgers were great, some of the fish had been cocked well other pieces either over or under. But they did prepare us a nice salad that wasn’t on the menu. Lodge offered camping or Air conditioned chalets, but no self catering chalets or family chalets which would be nice.

Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
Thank MrsJones2016
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Chembe's Eagle's Nest - basic but clean and adequate lodges (with great water pressure and poor lighting) with gorgeous views of the lake,stepping right out onto the beach. As it's at the end of the bay (and one of the only private beaches - a huge plus) the sand is more coarse than further up.

We opted for the dinner/ bed and breakfast option -breakfasts were great and very filling (be sure to ask for medium eggs as a minimum as the soft ones were almost raw) and dinners were very hit and miss. The fish options were delicious, but the other dinners were below average, with the exception of one or two starters. Some nights we were given a 3 course meal,and others a buffet dinner.

We were there for New Years and the owner, Aubrey, put on a great party including an incredible display of fireworks.

The lodge offered cost effective activities including island day trips and catamaran tours.

Unfortunately the biggest let down of the entire stay was the lack of communication by management, and the rude manner resulting confusion was dealt with- the lady in charge does not seem to be a people person or overly happy in her role with guests!

We were not informed of the cleaning procedure of leaving your keys at the bar if you wanted your room cleaned and only discovered this on enquiry coming back late afternoon of day 2. Similarly we weren't informed of a last order time at the restaurant for lunches. Upon finding out this was at 3pm, the next day we made sure to order a little after 2pm, only to be rudely told that as it was NYE last orders were 2pm - understandable but frustrating that we weren't told in advance. Lunches were very average, with more than half the offerings frequently not being available (we were offered a carrot wrap instead of chicken, being told chicken was not available, but then served chicken for dinner. Similarly, nachos at lunch were served without guacamole / sour cream only to have a delicious guac dip in the evening).

The marked reception was never open and a manager not available - it's only upon leaving and communicating constructive critisicism to the manager whilst querying our bill (bitterly received) I was told that reception was located at the bar with the day manager and not the other staff we met later who claimed to be the management. All very confusing.

Staff were pleasant but not very well informed or trained and we had varying answers to questions depending on the day (this includes the manager at the bar/ reception).

Be warned that the lodge do not operate an accountability system when ordering from the bar/ restaurant - I would recommend signing off on your bill each day to avoid having to go through a handwritten tally of all the beverages against which there are no signatures by the person ordering, and to ensure there are no duplications on bills with groups - something which we found to be the case, I'm sure an error in busy times but which we had to request be removed from our bill.

None of the above problems would be especially concerning at a budget lodge, however the higher prices charged here command a higher standard, which unfortunately was not met with in any way.

A side note, especially if self catering in Cape Maclear - you are surrounded by the local village and the few convenience stores you will find stock very little in the form of groceries so stock up with essentials before hand.

Buy a local sim card for cheap and relaible data.

When going out to islands,take into account National Park fees at $10 per person per day and try take a bin bag with you - the islands are marred by litter - please remove your own and that already there to do your bit to keep the place picture perfect!

Room Tip: All rooms close to beach & lovely views - back rooms more private
  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank 19_cass
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

We chose to stay on a second occasion at Chembe. It has a beautiful outlook and sunset, and such a pleasure to have air conditioning and a fan at Cape Maclear. It is clean and well cared for. On both occasions we were en route from Liwonde to Mumbo Island so it was a lovely, relaxing in between stop.

Stayed: March 2017
Thank rosemarybowie
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

My friend and I spent a weekend in a twin room and had a really lovely, relaxing time. We thoroughly enjoyed the sunset boat ride and swim in Lake Malawi, the water is beautifully clear, there are plenty of brightly coloured fish to snorkel with and the sunset was stunning. The rooms are basic but very clean and have air con - a luxury in Malawi! We loved spending a couple of lazy days on the beach and you could be mistaken for waking up from a long nap thinking you were on a tropical island somewhere. I would definitely stay again. Sausage dog sightings were an added bonus that really made my weekend!

Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
Thank Em D
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

I can only review the restaurant since I was camping. Food is average, not bad not good. We had fish with mashed potatoes. Considering the many fishermen selling fresh fish next door I would expect some decent fish here.
However the worst thing is that the portions were so tiny that both my friend and I were still very hungry after the main course. Asking for a supplement of mashed potatoes we were told that we will not get one as there will be desert (yes, also tiny). We argued with the waitress about having some more potatoes, but no she was strict.
We finally brought our own food after dinner and were eating it in the restaurant to avoid sleeping hungry.
What a pitty. A couple of potatoes would have cost them some cents.

Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
Thank loertle
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