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Butterfly Space is non-profit community lodge, which provides a unique space for travelers, volunteers and our community to enjoy while supporting projects both on and off site. The owners, friends who met in Malawi, bought Butterfly Space with the intention of developing a community hub to encourage ethical volunteering and provide educational, informational, practical and creative opportunities. This space is respectful of the environment with a focus on sustainability and green initiatives, and offers a diverse range of projects and opportunities to both local and internationals volunteers or interns.

Chosen as Lonely Planet’s ‘Top Pick’ for accommodation in Nkhata Bay in the latest edition of Southern Africa, the lodge was highlighted for its picturesque beauty, and the non-profit  lodge provides a beautiful getaway for all guests to enjoy, while helping us to financially support the diverse community projects which have successfully provided opportunities and brought together travelers and the community for over twelve years. We have now also been featured on MalawiTourism.com!

Offering stunning yet affordable accommodation, guests can enjoy secluded lakeside chalets made from local materials, dormitories, a naturally shaded lakeside camp site, bar, private beach, and restaurant overlooking the lake and Nkhata Bay, run by Memory and John, serving tasty local and international dishes. 

Butterfly Space Eco Lodge, Nkhata Bay Accommodation, Malawi, volunteering, accommodation, guest house
Butterfly Space Eco Lodge, Nkhata Bay Accommodation, Malawi, volunteering, accommodation, guest house

On site, there is a lively youth club, information centre, recording studio, media centre and gym, all of which are open to the community free of charge. Projects off site include permaculture school clubs (MSPC), a thriving international primary school called Stepping Stones, Mphamba disability skill sharing centre, HIV support groups and more. See the projects page for more info.

Getting involved in volunteering is free of charge; volunteers only pay for the services they use while staying at Butterfly Space non-profit lodge which helps to finacially support our projects. The lodge also welcomes guests wishing to kick back, relax and enjoy the lake.


The Team

After bumping into each other in a nearby backpacker lodge in Nkhata Bay, Alice and Josie became friends over their love for the extraordinary country that is Malawi. Alice had a love for youth and art projects and with Josie’s ideas for information and gardening related projects, they had a common desire to incorporate these ideas into a community space that opened up opportunities to many. They realised that Butterfly would make the perfect setting for bringing volunteers and the community together to create these opportunities for local people living in Nkhata Bay, and this became their aspiration when they bought Butterfly Lodge not long after in May 2007.

Years on, the team has expanded as have the projects, so there’s always a friendly face’s at butterfly to welcome volunteers and guests, and loads to get involved in if you choose!

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