Nankoma Island

A private island in Lake Malawi: the perfect getaway for nature lovers looking for a combination of adventure and relaxation in a tranquil setting.

Blue Zebra Island Lodge is nestled on Nankoma island: a wild paradise and a haven for flora and fauna, supporting diverse ecosystems. The island drastically transforms throughout the year. After the first rains (usually late November), Nankoma comes to life as trees bloom with a lush, green cover that quickly envelops the land, met by rising lake levels. Rains subside around April and over time leaves and fruits fall to the ground, their nutrients seeping into the soil. Surrounding waters become crystal clear and rocky outcrops teeming with colourful fish are uncovered, inviting you to discover Lake Malawi’s aquatic habitats. While the island is spectacular in bloom, dry season has its perks: particularly being able to see further into the vegetation for birdwatching and exploring nature trails.


Scottie T

“A practically private island straight out of a fairytale with Jurassic Baobab trees and eagles everywhere”

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Alisha K

“Nankoma Island is truly jungle paradise… The island has a rhythm, whereby you wake to active birdsong which lasts throughout the day, transitions briefly to frogs in the early evening, and changes to the lapping of lake waves and the gentle hum of insects in the trees — falling asleep to nature’s soundtrack was an immense pleasure.”

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” if you like tropical nature at the lake, this is the paradise to see birdlife, fish eagles, and cichlids in an unspoiled environment:

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