I can recommend Nkwichi Lodge to anyone who loves pristine nature, remote & authentic places and friendly people.
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Lake Niassa, Mozambique
- A halcyon paradise hidden on the pristine shores of Lake Malawi
- A unique taste of Africa and a perfect setting to discover a lost world
- Exquisite lakeside scenery and unparallelled tranquility
Facilities includeInternet access Rock Pool Baths Beach bar Family rooms
- Game Drives
- Walking Tours
- Camping Trips
- Bird Watching
- Dhow Excursions
- Likoma Island Tour
Seasons in Mozambique
About Nkwichi Lodge
Manda Wilderness' Nkwichi Lodge lies on the Mozambique shoreline at one of the most beautiful points on the lake. It has been carefully designed to provide comfort and privacy for guests. With a maximum of only 14 people staying at Nkwichi, the lodge can offer guests the highest levels of service in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
When you arrive by boat you would never know there is a lodge here. Each chalet has been carefully tucked away in the tree line so that the pristine lakeshore scenery is unspoilt.
There are two 'premier chalets' and four 'standard chalets'. Each chalet is designed differently with it's own unique characteristics. All of them are spacious and shady, drawing in a cool breeze from the lake.
The central feature in each chalet is the enormous, four-poster bed, made of old tree trunks and covered in a beautiful white mosquito net. The sheets are freshly pressed as are your beach and bathroom towels. Alongside your bedside table is decorated with flowers, picked and arranged by the lodge staff. In the evenings there are electric lights in each room.
Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom cleverly designed so that you can bathe outside under the tree canopy in complete privacy. All of the bathrooms have showers hung from overhanging branches with hot and cold running water. Some have bathtubs carved out of the living rock.
Each chalet has a thatched veranda to cool guests from the midday sun, complete with carved armchairs and hammocks for siestas.
Makolo House offers the ultimate private retreat, located deep in the African bush. Secreted amongst the trees, the house overlooks the lakeshore and offers complete peace and relaxation. The house is cleverly designed using natural local materials and has two en-suite bedrooms with a high thatched roof providing a great feeling of space. There is an upstairs platform which is a perfect place for children to play or to relax and watch the sunset over the lake. The location is ideal for taking walks to explore the bush, and there is private access down to the lake for swimming. Meals will be provided on site by your own chef, and you are a ten minute walk from the main lodge where you can take full advantage of all the facilities.
Songea House and Chalets:
For a private escape with family or friends, this unique house and chalet duo combines idyllic accommodation, a great 'entertaining' venue, luxurious outside dining, a secluded private beach and breath-taking views of the lake. The main house has an extremely spacious open-plan design, with a grand thatched domed roof. The main feature of the house is a large circular reception room with a unique sunken sitting area. A beautiful hand-carved staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom which has a balcony overlooking the central room downstairs.
Two separate chalets a short distance from the main house provide additional accommodation making this the perfect choice for small groups. The upper chalet's natural open design has picture-perfect views of the lake. The en-suite bathroom has a wonderful double-bath and is specially designed so that you can enjoy the great views across the lake while relaxing in your bath or shower.
A second lower chalet is for the more adventurous, completely open to maximise the natural light and a feeling of being in the wild. Situated on the lake and sculpted from the surrounding Rift Valley rocks, there's no better way to see and breathe life on the lakeshore or be serenaded to sleep by the gentle ebb and flow of the nearby water.
Meals will be provided on site by your own chef and a private guest services team will take care of your every request. Songea is only a ten minute walk from the main lodge where you are also welcome to take full advantage of all the facilities.
The beach on the shores of the lake with its fine, white sand is the central feature at the heart of the lodge.. Nkwichi prides itself on practising responsible tourism. By staying at the lodge guests are contributing to nature and the development of the community. The lodge provides wages for over 75 local members of staff. Their salaries support up to 15 members of their direct families. This means that by staying at the lodge you will have an impact on the lives of over a thousand people.
Manda Wilderness Community Trust was set up by the founders of Nkwichi Lodge as a UK-registered charity run separately from the tourism activities of the lodge itself. The Trust helps the founders of the lodge fulfil their aspiration of truly responsible tourism which strengthens the local community and environment.
The Trust also manages the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area which was created to protect and manage a 120,000 hectare community reserve on the shores of Lake Niassa.
The Trust has secured land titles for the villagers where none existed before. It has identified and mapped a 130,000-hectare conservation area destined for community development through responsible tourism. Hunting and destructive farming techniques are actively discouraged.
The Trust also supports an experimental farm project aimed at helping local farmers diversify their crops and improve healthy nutrition for themselves and their families.
The Trust has increased the educational opportunities for the villagers by helping local people to build ten schools and seven teachers' houses which in turn has attracted teachers to very remote villages. The Trust also aims to enhance the economic and social opportunities for local people through projects such as a bicycle rental scheme, a planned micro-finance system, and hugely popular events such as a Trust-sponsored football tournament and dug-out canoe races.
The Trust is also looking to support local choirs, who regularly perform for lodge guests.
How to get there
We will assist you will all necessary internal transfers after booking.
FROM LILONGWE TO LIKOMA
£192 per person each way (May to October)
Collected by boat from Likoma airport and transferred to the lodge
There are regular schedule flights from:
Please note: boat transfer depends on lake conditions and there is a risk of winds and rough weather from June - September.
FROM CHIPOKA TO COBUE:
Leaving from Chipoka (1hr 30 minute drive from Lilongwe) on Friday evenings reaching Likoma Island on Saturday afternoon
£62.50 per person each way
FROM NKHATA BAY TO COBUE:
From Nkhata Bay (6 hours drive from Lilongwe) in the north on Monday evening reaching Cobué on Tuesday morning. (We recommend booking a cabin which includes bed and breakfast)
From £26 per person each way
Danforth Yachting run charter trips on Lake Niassa.
Board the catamaran Mufasa at Monkey Bay on the southern shores of Lake Niassa and sail for 3 days up the east coast.
Via Mangochi (the scenic route) to Namwera/Mandimba border post
Via Liwonde (the quick route) to Namwera/Mandimba border post
From the border post it is 3 hours (depending on road conditions) to Lichinga
FROM LICHINGA TO COBUE:
Takes 4 1/2 hour
Transfers can be arranged via Nkwichi at £228 per vehicle with driver each way
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Manda Wilderness Nkwichi Lodge is open all year round.
Malaria protection is essential. Please consult your doctor for advice on prophylactics.
Minimum of 4 adults sharing in houses from July to December.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.
There is no mobile network at the lodge; however if you take a 20 minute walk to the viewpoint (with amazing views of Lake Malawi) then you will be able to connect to the rest of the world.
There are no credit card facilities at this lodge. Payments can be made in USD, Euros, Kwacha or Meticais.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome
Children under 3 are free
Reduced child rates apply for children under 12 when sharing with 2 adults
All children stay at parents own risk
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