The Funky Cichlid

Cape Maclear, Malawi

The Funky Cichlid

Hostel, Single Room with Shared Bathroom

Single Room with Shared Bathroom

gps Western Side of Cape Maclear Beach, Cape Maclear, Malawi

Set in Cape Maclear, 200 yards from Cape Maclear Scuba Diving Centre, The Funky Cichlid offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Boasting a garden, the hostel is close to several noted attractions, around 350 yards from Danforth Yachting, 550 yards from Thumbi Island and less than 0.6 miles from Historic Cemetery. The accommodation features evening entertainment and a tour desk.


Amazing stay! Staff was accommodating, friendly, and make the overall experience fun & comfortable. Would highly recommend and will be back!

Great place to stay by the lake. They offer good activities and good food. Very relaxing if you want that and active if you want that. Good vibe and helpful staff.

Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear, or Chembe, is a town on Malawi’s Nankumba Peninsula, at the southern end of Lake Malawi. Surrounded by forested mountains, it’s known for the sandy beaches and granite rocks of Lake Malawi National Park. The park shelters rich wildlife like antelope and baboons. Its clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish. These are visible at dive sites such as Otter Point. Water sports like kayaking and sailing are possible offshore and around the nearby islands. A narrow channel separates the peninsula from Domwe Island, with its nature trails and beaches. Popular snorkeling spots surround the smaller Thumbi West Island and tiny Mumbo Island, home to huge underwater boulders. On the mainland, the Missionary Graves mark the burial place of missionaries who established the Livingstonia Mission here in 1875. Not far from town, Mwala Wa Mphini (“Rock of the Tribal Face Scars”) is a massive rock formation crossed with deep, naturally formed lines.