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Chelinda Lodge

Scenic Malawi

Rating: Mid-range    

Chelinda Lodge overview

Chelinda Lodge is situated in the 2607m high Nyika Plateau in the Nyika National Park, a vast, untouched, beautiful wilderness area, home to eland, roan antelope zebra, reedbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, duiker, warthog, bushpig and blue monkey.

Accommodation at Chelinda Lodge is in eight log cabins, each with fireplace; an important feature, as this region can be colder than anywhere else in Africa. Some cabins have two floors. On the ground floor there is an open plan bedroom and lounge, with ensuite bathroom, queen-sized beds, wing-back chairs and a verandah. Upstairs there is a further living area. All the cabins are connected by wooden walkways and are beautifully landscaped on the hillside. The main building has a large dining room, a comfortable lounge, bar, reception area and curio shop. There is also one unit which has two rooms linked by a lounge in the middle, great for families or friends.

Nyika is the only 'big game' Afro-montane area in southern and south-central Africa. Mammals here include zebra, roan, reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, leopard, hyaena, side striped jackal and serval. Birding here is spectacular including quite a few endemics. One of the world's richest areas for orchids over 200 species occur here.

Photographs by Dana Allen and Mike Myers, courtesy of Wilderness Safaris


Open: Year round

Location: Nyika Plateau


Rooms: 8 double storey log cabins. There is one large enough for families to share together.

Activities:  Here you can enjoy day and night game drives in closed 4x4 vehicles with roof hatches; walking, mountain biking, and birding are also available.


Facilities: Swimming pool; There is a main building with a lovely dining area located around the fire. The outside deck is a wonderful place to enjoy the stunning African sunset. There is also a quiet lounge ideal for pre or post dinner drinks.  

Dining: Meals are served in the dining room around the fire.


Children: Children aged 7 and over are welcome

Health: Due to the altitude, there is no malaria here.

Communication:There is no mobile phone signal or internet/wifi for guest use 

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Julie Croucher, Tribes

"This lodge is stunning!  The clear air of the Nyika is refreshing and at some times of the year it's extremely cold here but the rooms are well heated with open fires and lovely hot water bottles in the beds!  The main area has lovely fireplaces and the food and service was superb.  I'd only send clients to Nyika who were keen on being miles from anywhere and like hiking, biking, birding or botany, this is not a mainstream wildlife destination, so think carefully about why you go and what time of year you go."

Mrs Janet Van den Berge
"Another not-to-be-missed place to stay, with drives through wonderful scenery and seeing very special animals, as well as some colourful flowers just emerging after the annual burning of about half of the grassland area - for firebreak and conservation purposes. Frosty mornings but evening log fires, including in the beautiful and spacious log cabins, and plentiful hot water - as well as excellent food - made the stay very comfortable. Larger groups are allocated to a guide, who helps them plan their activities during their stay and these can include whole day drives to about 3 different destinations. As a sole traveller, I didn't get the option to do the longer drives but was happy to join in any other drives available."



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