Rise For Phoka Homestay

Homestay in Livingstonia Mission - Livingstonia, Malawi

About the Homestay

  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Immerse yourself in a traditional Malawian village in the mountains of Livingstonia. Relax in your own space, whilst having a communal area to talk to our family and learn about the community. Breakfast included. A free walking tour of Livingstonia will show you craft markets, the museum, the cathedral, cafes, beer stools and more. A guide can take you to the waterfalls and natural pools, where you can enjoy the tranquility of nature amidst stunning views.

Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom while enjoying the warmth of our home!

Affordable add-on: we can prepare delicious local lunches and dinners for guests, too!

We use a charcoal grill for cooking! We can teach you how to cook like a local using this method.

My name is Floncy. I live in Livingstonia with my husband, Kondwani and our son, Utukuf. We grew up in this beautiful town, and we can't wait to share it with people from all over the world. We also run a charity in the village called RISE FOR PHOKA and welcome volunteers!

I am a good cook and housekeeper so you can enjoy eating and learning how to cook typical Malawian meals in the comfort of our house. My house is your home away from home.

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

Private Twin Room
From $8 per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
2 Single Bed

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About the Area

Livingstonia is a lovely plateau town that overlooks Lake Malawi and the mountains of Nyika National Park. It is home to Livingstonia University and several fascinating living historical sites such as Livingstonia Mission Church, the David Gordon Memorial Hospital, and the Stone House Museum. Strolling around the town, you'll find beautiful views of small-scale farms (including lots of adorable goats and chickens) many local cafes, eateries, bars, and a craft coffee shop. The area boasts many wonderful activities such as hiking, waterfalls, coffee tours, historical town tours, and more.

Our town is very walkable, and there are also plenty of motorcycle and car taxis available.

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
  • Full Breakfast
  • Half Board
  • Full Board
  • Packed lunch

House Rules

Quiet hours between 10pm and 7am.

Smoking Rules

Your host is a non-smoker.

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

1 Review

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    United States
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    November 2023

    Unforgettable homestay! This is the ultimate place to immerse yourself in Malawi culture. This community is a true village, with closeknit connections and opportunities to meet many locals. The hosts are a young family, and they are incredibly kind. We opted for full board, which was amazing. Floncy is a wonderful cook, and we enjoyed learning how to make traditional dishes with her and chatting with the family during meals. Livingstonia is an awesome town to explore on foot (always something happening, as it is a university town). The family also runs a community-based organization that is helping local elders, and we really enjoyed volunteering with them. We have been traveling for 8 months, and this was one of our overall favorite places!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Floncy in ,

    We are so delighted to have hosted our first wonderful guests from homestay.com. Lila and Trevor, are amazing guests-how we wish they had stayed for long. They looked after our house so well and 10/10 observed house rules. We became one big family. Apart from just staying at our local homestay, they also offered themselves help at our community organization where they have left tremendous impact for the present and future running of the organization. We will always be indebt, you've given more than we deserved. May you do more for all your future hosts.. All the best, hope to see each other again in future.

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How do I book?

Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.

When do I pay?

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