Mango Drift

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Mango Drift Reviews

pammy_robertson pammy_ro…
32 reviews
A little piece of paradise Aug 15, 2013
My favourite hostel in the world. If you are looking for luxury but at backpacker prices then I can highly recommend mango drift. Beautiful location on the west of Likoma island, perfect for sunsets on the beach with a view over to chizimulu island. Rooms were modern with a touch of rustic, they were immaculate, flowers on the bed and with private loungers on the beach.

Food was prepared daily depending on what was available and it was delicious. They had free kayaks and snorkels to borrow and you could also book diving trips. For me it was perfect. One day I will return and maybe never leave :)
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Makuzi Makuzi
3 reviews
Beautiful budget island beach accommodation Jun 04, 2011
Mango Drift sits on a stretch of beach which can only be reached by boat or on foot. Once you get to Likoma Island (normally on The Ilala ferry), you will be collected by the Mango boat or car. Mango drift is a long line of huts along a clean beach, dotted with trees and overlooked by baobabs. Slap bang in the middle of the beach, there is a huge mango tree, which shelters a bar which wraps around the trunk of the tree. There are solid couches built around the bar, which is covered by a thatch roof built right under the branches of the mango tree. You sit and look out over the lake towards Chizumulu Island and the sunset in the west - stunning!! The huts are cement and stone floors/walls with thatched roofs. The dorm is a larger version of these. They all look out across the beach and the lake, so everybody has a view. You can camp anywhere on the beach under the trees. I understand they have built en-suite huts since I was there last. The bathroom is a huge unisex unit, with hot showers and is always clean. You can get 3 meals a day from the kitchen, and you must order dinner earlier during the day, as it is a set meal (and a huge one at that!). The bar is well stocked with beers and soft drinks as well as some shooters - these were always cold while I was there.

The island electricity is supplied by a huge generator which is only on from 6am-12pm and then off for 2 hours to come back on from 2pm-10pm. Very easy to live with if you're expecting it!

There is a dive school based at Mango, which is an excellent PADI school. You can also do watersports with their fast boat. A pool table also provides entertainment.

All in all, 10 out of 10! A beautiful location, fantastic property and an island which will suck you in - it's somehow even more laid back than the rest of Malawi!

To spoil yourself, you can pop down the road to the hotel which owns Mango Drift, for dinner. Kaya Mawa is a stunning upmarket hotel (around $300 per person per night) but are happy to welcome you for dinner.

I would happily stay at Mango Drift for a week!
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