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

Rooms & rates

Have a look at our different room types. We offer bunk beds in dorms (16 beds), 2 private en-suite rooms, 2 private rooms with shared facilities, as well as tents! We also cater for groups. Please contact us for information & bookings..


Have a drink in our relaxing garden, or come over for a nice meal in our restaurant. On Tuesdays Zomba's expat community comes up for a drink and a (special) meal! Our restaurant serves local & internationl food from 6:30AM till 8PM.


We work with local artists and women's groups who sell their products at Pakachere (from jam to pillow pets, tea boxes and coffee). We organise events & training courses in our meeting room and the space is available for meetings and studying.


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 on Friday evening. Dr Mike makes 7 rounds of fairly difficult questions. Usually with a picture round, entertainment, sports, science & nature, and more. Teams of max 6 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, like a Yoga & Pilates retreat (next one Sep19). We try to do yoga every Tuesday, but unfortunately our yoga teacher moved to Rwanda, so we use videos or share our favourite moves. We also have a short yoga weekend 18-19 May!!


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.

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



We have some events planned:

Fri 17 May WESM pub quiz at 7PM (K2,000 per team for charity)

Sat/Sun 18-19 May yoga weekend ($55 for 1 night accommodation, 2 meals, 3 yoga classes and more)

Fri 7 June karaoke (K2,000)

Sat 15 or Sat 22 June garden party with live music, barbecue, cake and cocktails (K2,000)

Click here to check our Facebook page for updates and more information




Cyclone Idai has affected us just a little with non-stop rain between 4-9 March. We have been very lucky that Zomba did not get flooded; we only had some material damage and nobody got hurt. Zomba is dry and safe, the roads are good and there is no reason to panic and no reason to avoid Zomba. Our thoughts are with the people further south, in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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