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Nkwichi Lodge

Lake Malawi & Beach

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Nkwichi Lodge overview

Nkwichi Lodge is on the Mozambique shoreline of Lake Niassa (known as Lake Malawi on the Malawi side), whose crystal clear waters contain a greater variety of indigenous fish species of than any other lake in the world. The lodge is on the Mozambique shoreline at one of the most beautiful points on the lake. The main lodge building has a sitting room, library and gift shop downstairs and a dining room and bar upstairs, overlooking the lake. The fig tree platform on the lakeshore provides another popular spot for dining and relaxation. 

Accommodation is in 6 chalets and 2 private houses. The chalets are located far enough apart to provide privacy. Each one is designed differently and all are spacious with large 4 poster beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush toilets, showers hung from overhanging branches and bathtubs set in the rocks so you can lie back and relax as the sun goes down. The veranda has armchairs and a hammock. 

The 2 private houses, Makolo and Songea, cater for families and groups of friends and offer a private escape ten minutes walk from the main lodge. You can use the facilities at the main lodge but will also have your own chef for private meals if preferred. 

Nkwichi has a great variety of exciting and interesting activities on land and on the lake. There are various walking routes in the area around the lodge, bird watching walks are offered and you can visit Likoma Island, which has an interesting community and an historic cathedral. A visit to Manda Wilderness Reserve is a popular option for wildlife spotters. Swimming, snorkelling, canoeing and sailing are great ways to explore the lake. The lodge also has its own dhow, Miss Nkwichi, and arranged cruises. While here you should take advantage of the stunning 'Lake of Stars' starbed, set away from the lodge on a deserted beach or a private rock. 


Open: Nkwichi Lodge is open all year.

Location: Nkwichi Lodge is on the shores of Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Niassa), the 9th largest lake in the world. Most people fly into Likoma Island, a short boat ride from the lodge.

Rooms: There are 6 chalets and 2 houses for guests. The chalets are discretely positioned amongst the trees. They are all spacious and unique in design, but have the same facilities which include a 4-poster bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower and a thatched veranda with armchairs and hammocks. The houses offer seclusion and very spacious accommodation. You will have your own chef and are just a short walk from the facilities of the main lodge. They are ideal for families or groups travelling together.

Activities: Lake activities include swimming, snorkelling, sailing on the lodge’s private dhow, Miss Nkwichi, and canoeing. All these activities are weather dependant and from June to September there can be high winds and rough seas. On land you can take guided walks around the lake, go bird watching and visit Likoma Island with its historic cathedral. Safaris can be arranged to Manda Wilderness Reserve whose wildlife includes sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and over 300 species of birds.

Facilities: The main area of the lodge is a two storey structure overlooking the lake, with a seating area, library and gift shop downstairs and a bar and dining room upstairs. There is also a lakeside deck for al fresco dining and with comfy chairs and hammocks for gentle relaxation. There is an additional sitting area by the beach. The lodge has a star bed, 'Lake of Stars', which is set up either on a private rock or a deserted beach, for those wanting to experience the magic of a night spend out under the wide African skies.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables at various venues.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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