Welcome to Pakachere Backpackers Lodge. The number one hostel in Zomba, known for its beautiful location on the golf course, close to the centre.


Due to the corona crisis, we have reduced our opening times (8AM – 6PM). We do everything we can to stay open, but it is quite likely we have close temporarily if the situation does not improve. Sorry for the inconvenience this might cause!


Without any guests we have no income and we cannot afford to pay the rent and the salaries. If you want to support our staff or have any questions, please send a message to info@pakachere.com

Rooms & rates

PLEASE CHECK IF WE ARE OPEN, AS WE MIGHT HAVE TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY DUE TO THE CORONA CRISIS. Have a look at our different room types. We offer bunk beds in dorms (18 beds; $10/$12), 2 private en-suite rooms ($40/$50), 2 private rooms with shared facilities, as well as tents in the dry season! We also cater for groups. Please contact us for information & bookings..


REDUCED OPENING HOURS AND *NEW* DELIVERY SERVICE WITHIN ZOMBA. Have a drink in our relaxing garden, or come for a nice meal in our restaurant. Our restaurant serves local & international freshly prepared food from 8AM till 6PM. We cater for most diets (vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc.)


OUR MEETING PLACE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We organise events & training courses in our meeting room and the space is available for meetings and studying. Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to use the room for a meeting or if you want to organise a show.


WE WILL STILL OFFER TRIPS & ACTIVITIES DURING THE CORONA CRISIS. Ready for some action? Pakachere offers different kinds of trips & workshops. We also share our personal experiences of traveling around Malawi with links to nice places to stay in the country. Have a look and book your favourite!


We organise quiz nights every 2 months. Dr Mike makes 6 rounds of fairly difficult questions. Usually with a picture round, entertainment, sports, science & nature, and pot luck. Teams of max 5 people; K2,000 per team (for charity). Start 7PM and usually finished by 10. Check our Facebook page for dates!.


Yoga is good for mind & body. Sometimes we organise low-budget no-frills yoga events in a weekend. We do yoga most Tuesdays at 6PM (K1,000) and if there is not teacher available, we use videos or share our favourite moves. Our next yoga weekend will be 1 and 2 Feb 2020!


We love music and we love to dance. Sometimes we invite DJs to play till late. In the dry season we organise garden parties with live music, food (barbecue & cakes) and drinks (cocktails and more). The garden parties are usually on Saturday or Sunday afternoon and are child friendly. We also have the occasional karaoke night.


Just chill! From karaoke to charity events and Paka Tuesday; we like offering evening/weekend entertainment, but we are a lodge at the end of the day so your REST is important. More often we have NO events, so you can relax, have a good night sleep, play bawo, and/or enjoy our garden.

We accept dollars (crisp undamaged notes printed after 2009 – $10 or up) and Malawian kwacha. Cash only! Thank you.

Check our activities page for Paka’s subjective travel guide for Malawi with tips, links to lodges and info on transport.



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