Support The Only Female Owned And Run Lodge In Cape Maclear

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Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear is part of the Lake Malawi National park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cape Maclear is located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi and boasts deep crystal clear waters and mountain back ground. Lake Malawi is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic to Lake Malawi.

About the Lodge

The only female owned and managed business in Cape Maclear. The Warm Heart Adventure Lodge is based in Chembe Village, Malawi. A comfortable mid-range lodge, comprising of five beach front reed double/ twin chalets with shared bathrooms. We have one en-suite self-catering beach front cottage that sleeps up to 4 people and a dorm that sleeps six. The gardens offer some lovely shaded area’s for those who want to camp and the lake is literally meters away from your room.

 

The cottage and the chalets are all beach front, with spectacular views of the lake and nearby islands. We deliver a tray of a light homemade granola and seasonal fruit with tea and coffee to your private balcony every morning. Allowing you to take the incredible lake view as you enjoy your healthy breakfast!

 

This is the perfect place for a getaway.

 

Why choose Warm Heart Adventures Lodge?

Chembe village is as much of Warm Heart Adventures Lodge as it is of the village. All of the staff are employed from the village, and Kay, owner and manager is passionate about celebrating the local culture as well as being a source of social change.

When you stay here you have the opportunity to:

Feel a part of your local environment. The lodge is a part of the village and the lake is the life blood of the community. Most of the community do not have access to water in their homes, and the local taps set out along the main street are only on during certain times of the day. There are few places where you can relax in the seclusion of a hammock and retreat to your room, while also being able to immerse yourself in local village life from the comfort of your deck chair. Villagers come to the water to play, bathe, wash items and fetch water for their homes. The lodge also has a close relationship with Sinthana Community Centre.

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Meet the Warm Heart Advernture Lodge Team

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The Owner

My name is Kay de Silva and I am the founder of Warm Heart Adventures, Ltd. I am Malawian and was born and brought up just outside Blantyre. I have been working in the hospitality industry for over 18 years now and a few years ago I decided it was time to move from working and living in Blantyre to working and living at Lake Malawi. It didn’t all happen as planned or as smoothly as I recount but the journey began with me selling my coffee & wine bar in Blantyre, taking a few months off, spending a lot of the money from the sale and realising I would need to find a way to earn a living again.

Somewhere in this period I met an old school friend that I hadn’t seen in years, she invited me to visit her in Cape Maclear. So I went to visit, a week turned into a month and at the end of that month I was ‘sold’ this was the way to live. Cape Maclear would become my new home. I proceeded to look for a managerial job, I soon found out that they weren’t that easy to get and left with a bit of a heavy heart and a possibility at a position at one of the businesses. As soon as I was back in town, I emailed my CV and application letter to this company, after a few days the notified me that the position had been filled by someone else. Now I was really sad and life seemed bleak! How could I go back to town living and working when I had glimpsed a piece of true paradise on the shores of Lake Malawi?

Not only were my funds quickly dwindling with rent and daily living expenses to pay without a job. However, a few came my way and I did a little consultancy work but nothing filled the gap. Then one day I got invited to a birthday dinner and at that dinner I got offered a job to manage the kitchen/restaurant and shop of a lodge in Cape Maclear. I couldn’t believe my luck...three weeks later I was living and working in Cape Maclear. It’s been about 11/12 years living in Cape Maclear. The last few years I started to feel the need for a more flexible and free lifestyle so again I was on the look out for new opportunities - The Universe delivered as it always does and Malawian Adventures was born. I started  a small tour company specialising in tailor-made tours all around Malawi.

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My extensive hospitality background combined with my passion for this place enabled me to lead tours all around Malawi. I had some trouble securing the name Malawian Adventures as a registered trading name, so I registered Warm Heart Adventures Ltd, instead. The journey continues and this company has grown into something I am very proud of.

The Staff

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Flora - General Manager

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Phillipe - Groundsmen 

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Chifundo - Groundsmen 

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Annabelle - House Keeping

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Ruth - House Keeping