- Secluded lakeside paradise
- Abundant water sports & marine life
- Particularly unspoiled part of Africa
- Community visits, hiking, game tracking
Set on the Mozambican side of the vast, freshwater Lake Malawi is Nkwichi Lodge. This particularly remote property lies right on the shoreline, offering stunning views of what is one of the continent’s most spectacular and pristine-clean lakes. This luxurious yet eco-friendly lodge is a genuine sanctuary in a particularly unspoiled part of Mozambique and is found nestled along a 4 kilometre stretch of coastline with no fewer than eight untouched beaches along its length. Since opening its doors over fifteen years ago, this genuine ‘hidden gem’ has remained committed to conserving both its natural surroundings and the rich heritage of the local Nyanja people and there’s a huge range of water-based activities to enjoy, along with hiking and game tracking.
The accommodation comprises individual chalets and houses. The chalets are set back from the shoreline amongst the trees, with each one uniquely designed using only materials that have been sourced locally and responsibly. There is an immense sense of seclusion and the chalets boast some impressive features such as rock pool baths fashioned out of boulders and very large four-poster beds. The houses are intended for families and larger groups. They’re very spacious and look out on to the lake, providing quick and easy access to a private beach. Both types of accommodation are extremely comfortable yet blend perfectly into the natural surroundings – there is a real sense here of complete immersion in nature here.
The freshwater Lake Malawi is renowned not only for its picturesque beauty, but also its abundance of marine life. Relaxing dhow cruises and fishing trips in dug-out canoes are on offer, along with canoeing, snorkelling, paddle-boarding and more. Sunset lake cruises and the dazzling night skies are a real delight. Back on land, informative, guided game tracking and hiking excursions are on offer and there are also opportunities to learn more about the local Nyanja tribe. Village visits showcase the tribe’s traditional way of living, including their fondness for singing and dancing.
All food is locally sourced and freshly prepared. There are no designated meal times, guests can eat whenever they choose, and picnics or meals can be arranged on one of the private beaches.
Children are welcome and there is plenty for all age-groups to do in the area. Due to the lodge’s remote location, parents are reminded to ensure that youngsters remain under constant adult supervision.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019