A unique place on this earth. You will never find another place like it. The scenery is unbelievable!
Jonathan G 43 yrs, London, UK, Read 4 reviews »
Nyika National Park, Malawi
- Idyllic escape in the highland wilderness of Malawi
- One of the log cabins is larger, offering ideal accommodation to families
- This is the only big game Afromontaene area in south-central Africa
Facilities includeRestaurant Lounge Lounge that opens onto a deck for sundowners
- Game Drives
- Guided Walks
- Night Drives
- Mountain Biking
Seasons in Malawi
About Chelinda Lodge
Chelinda Lodge is set against a pocket of hagenia woodland overlooking vast tracts of Nyika National Parks rolling grasslands dotted with large herds of wildlife.
The lodge consists of eight double-storey twin log cabins each with two three quarter beds (can be converted to doubles on request) on a raised deck. Dining takes place in the main lodge.
The cabins are made of pine and are essentially warm log cabins with a fireplace for the cold highland nights. They each have an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower, and an upstairs viewing area or room for accompanying children. The chalets are joined to the main lounge area by an elevated wooden walkway. During winter hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
There are also two chalets that are interconnected and can be used for a family for four.
The vistas in Nyika are immense, while from a game viewing perspective a variety of animals can be seen around Chelinda Lodge – particularly in the grasslands. Numbers and species vary depending on season and include roan, eland, Crawshay’s zebra, southern reed-buck, bush-buck, warthog, spotted hyena, leopard and side-striped jackal. Even elephant can be seen at times. Birding specials and orchid species add colour and vibrancy to this unique area.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Flight from Lilongwe is 120 minutes
Flight from Mzuzu is 25 minutes
Flight from Chintheche is 40 minutes
Flight from Liikoma is 60 minutes
Driving from Lilongwe to Chelinda is 4 hours
Driving from Blantyre to Chelinda is 3 to 4 hours
Driving from Zomba to Chelinda is 2 to 3 hours
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Low Season: 11th January - 30st June and 1st November - 9th December
High Season: 1st July - 31st October and 10th December - 10th January
US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rands are widely accepted in Malawi. You are strongly advised to avoid black market currency traders. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency brought into Malawi, however, it must be declared and accounted for on departure.
At Chelinda Lodge, no credit cards are accepted and all extras must be settled in cash. Please note that MasterCard is no longer widely accepted in Malawi.
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - US$10.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - US$5.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) - US$10.00 per person per day
Travelling with children
Children of 6 years and older are welcome.
For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
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