Pakachere Backpackers & Creative Centre started in Zomba in 2011 by Dutch NGO Be-More as a place for volunteers to relax, party, have a hot shower and eat European food. It is a unique place where local and international people meet. Pakachere aims to be a social place where people from different backgrounds meet for a drink, to share knowlegde, and get inspired.
Pakachere is a combination of a backpackers hostel for guests to stay and a creative Centre for people to meet. Besides Dutch owners, the place is run by local people with Malawian management. At the moment we employ sixteen people at Pakachere who get the chance to develop their skills in the hospitality industry. We try to work as much as possible with independent suppliers for our purchases and buy all products locally.
Pakachere is the meeting place in Zomba where local and international people gather, develop, share and inspire each other.
Pakachere is a social business, with as main activities the backpackers hostel, the creative centre and soon-to-come a tour operator for trips & transfers, that can independently inspire local and international people to develop their potential and share knowledge and experience in order to stimulate social-economic change.
Pakachere was started by Stichting Be More (Be More Foundation) as a social business with the idea to use tourism for local development and to give people the opportunity to meet, share and inspire in a different way. They wanted to make a (small) economic change, but also inspire people to do the same and follow their own dream with their individual ideas. In September 2017 Jeroen & Annelies from the Netherlands took over the business after living in the Nkhata Bay area and in Salima. Together with managers Jonathan and Linda, they work towards improving the facilities and training staff to put Zomba & Paka on the map and to continue the good work of Be-More.