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With only 6 rooms and a family cottage, Norman Carr Cottage retains that small lodge feel and the owner Taffy is always on hand to recommend activities or sit back and recount stories with you about his adventures in Africa. Evening and morning boat trips on the lodge boat Alfie provide wonderful opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, feeding the fish eagles and a perfect platform for sipping Malawi gin and tonic as the sunsets over the lake. While the fishermen set off in their dugouts to search for their nights' catch, dinner is served on the beach with the sound of the waves just metres away. Rooms are designed by the owners and the unique outdoor bathrooms and huge double beds make guests feel thoroughly spoilt!

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Norman Carr Cottage

Norman Carr Cottage has a motorised lodge boat 'Alfie' which is fully equipped with snorkelling gear. Every morning and evening clients have the option of taking a complimentary boat trip (skippered). On board there are cold drinks (additional cost) and staff to assist you. Every morning the boat can take you to a nearby point for snorkelling and swimming in the rock pools and feeding Malawi's National Bird, The Fish Eagle. In the evening you can take the boat to have a drink while watching the sunset over Lake Malawi- the perfect end to a day spent on the lake shore.


  • Back-up Power Generator
  • Bar(s)
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Internet available onsite
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry Service available
  • Mobile Phone Reception
  • Newspapers/ Magazines Available
  • Safe at reception
  • Wheelchair access


  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry/Ironing
  • Turn-down service


  • Boat non-motorized (complimentary)
  • Boating
  • Bushwalking/Hiking/Trekking
  • Canoeing
  • Cultural Arts and Craft Interactive activity
  • Educational Experiences
  • Fishing/Crabbing/etc.
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkelling

Languages Spoken

  • English