Nkhotakota is a huge wildlife reserve in central Malawi. It's about 30 kms from the lakeshore. The landscape here is very varied and scenic with rivers, hills, rocky outcrops, forest and grassland.
It's a real wilderness which of course has positives and negatives for the visitor.
It is quite difficult to get around here due to the lack of road infrastructure, and yet there is plenty to see. If you're willing to get out on foot or by canoe you will get more out of this reserve.
There is good wildlife here including excellent birdlife, but you need to come here for more than that. It's the wilderness itself which is the big draw.
Time: GMT +2 hours
International flights to Malawi are either with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) or South African Airways (via Johannesburg) then to Lilongwe or Blantyre.
Language: English is the official language but not widely used in rural areas. Chichewa is commonly used.
Not needed for most nationalities but check with your embassy. You need a Mozambique visa for Nkwichi Lodge.
No vaccinations are compulsory but some are recommended. Yellow Fever certificate required for Nkwichi Lodge (Mozambique). See your GP for advice.