Ulisa Bay on Lakoma Island in Lake Malawi was my break – 5 slothful days away from the arduous off-track route from Tanzania to Mozambique, via small boats and dusty, broken roads traversing the surrounds of Lake Malawi.
Travel Advice for Ulisa Bay – Lakoma Island, Lake Malawi
The only accommodation at the bay is Ulisa Bay Lodge, ran by Chris, a sincere, middle-aged Englishman who has fully integrated within the community, including language, low-key locally-inclusive business, Malawi wife and kid.
Usual transport is via a twice weekly-ferry (check locally, as the schedules are prone to changes). Phone ahead / email / organize with the lodge a pick-up vehicle to Ulisa Bay, as it’s a meandering 2.5 km from the ferry point.
NOTE: this is not a sponsored post or written for freebies. I only encountered this place by chance – late on arrival early evening on the ferry, I met the SA couple, who said tag along with them, as I had no plans as to where to stay on this island of very limited accommodation options.
UBL was a new, brilliant choice on the island – and the only place in Ulisa Bay; so I mention it. Beautifully scenic and tranquil location – yet near chilled village action, tasty food, great service, simple amenities with thoughtful extras. And cheapish, for a backpacker @ $20 a room. Of the other two lodges on Lakona: one is expensive and upmarket and the other exceedingly elitist.
Regular readers know: I never single out places to stay and other commercial BS. But here I will make an exception and say that Ulisa Bay was my favourite chill-out spot across this entire, most-recent trans-Africa trip.
Travels in Malawi – 2013