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


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 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 every Tuesday at 6PM with Chanco student Zai (K800) and when she is not available, we use videos or share our favourite moves. Our next yoga weekend will be end Nov 2019!


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.

For events, please check our Facebook page.






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