Butterfly Space is a non-profit community based lodge located on the shores of Nkhata bay in Northern Malawi, offering bespoke and eco-friendly chalets to both their guests and volunteers. Accommodation is available to suit all budgets, from en-suite private chalets made from local materials, overlooking the crystal clear waters, two dormitory’s, and a spacious campsite nestled amongst permaculture gardens on the shore, naturally shaded by fruit trees. With some of the best chefs in Nkhata Bay, Butterfly Space proudly offers an extensive international and local menu to both guests and day visitors, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at very reasonable prices. The bar sits over the water, where you can relax in a hammock, play pool, or hide away on a private beach area to enjoy a cocktail, wine or beer. They serve a range of homemade juices and smoothies fresh from the kitchen, and offer pizza on weekends, baked in their clay oven.
Lonely Planet chose Butterfly Space as the ‘Top Pick’ for accommodation in Nkhata Bay in the latest edition of Southern Africa, highlighting the lodge for its picturesque beauty and unique space, providing a beautiful getaway for travelers and volunteers to enjoy together with their community. The owners, friends who met in Malawi, bought the lodge with the intention of developing a community hub to encourage ethical volunteering and provide educational, informational, practical and creative opportunities, which the profit helps to sustain. The space is respectful of the environment with a focus on sustainability and green initiatives, and offers a diverse range of projects and opportunities to both local and internationals volunteers.
On site, there is a lively youth club, information and resource centre, recording studio, media room and gym, all of which are open to the community free of charge. Projects off site include permaculture school clubs (MSPC), a thriving international primary school called Stepping Stones, disability skill sharing center’s, HIV support groups, nursery schools and more. See their website for more information www.butterflyspacemalawi.com
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