description: Mix a
heady cocktail of sumptuous yet ‘responsible’ tourism, grassroots
practical help for the war-weary people of
in 1999 the Project forges an invincible bond between protecting one of
essential part of the Manda Wilderness Project is Nkwichi Lodge; nestled
in the emerald bush on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi / Lake Niassa,
it is the perfect hide away, a bare-foot luxury lodge that enables guest
to enjoy the comforts of life while knowing that their stay is helping the
surrounding people and environment
* Number of Rooms: Nkwichi Lodge; 6 Chalets (14 Beds)
Standard Chalets: 4 Doubles,
chalet: 1 Double + 1
Twin (under one roof)
Honeymoon Chalet: 1 Double
1 Double + 1 Twin (4 Beds)
Songea House: 3 Doubles (6
Maximum total accommodation:
* Brief description of room categories:
offers a choice of six individually designed chalets within the main lodge
and two unique private houses set a short distance away.
the lodge, there are two
categories of chalet; Standard and Honeymoon.
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
Bathrooms (en-suites/showers/baths/water supply etc):
bathrooms of Nkwichi Lodge are a highlight, hand crafted around the
surrounding nature, with showers emerging from trees and baths for two
built deep between the rocks. Hot
water sprouts from rocks and tree braches.
and Kuya Chalet have en-suit toilets, while the remaining chalets have a
separate building and few paces away from the chalet.
is solar pumped from the lake and filtered before drinking. All waste is
dealt with in an environmentally sound way, through sand filters and
* Meal arrangements
can either be at a group table with other guests or at a private location
of your choosing.
* Public Areas (bar/lounge/library)
main attraction is the pure white beach, where two large sun shades have
been set up with loungers and cushion covered chairs. The beach is around 600 meters long and is exclusively for the use
of the Nkwichi guests.
main building of the lodge is a gloriously designed double story thatched
structure with an open plan design; the 1st floor is a great
place to sit back, relax and enjoy views of the lake (this is where we
have refreshment drinks to welcome guests to the lodge). The 1st
floor is also where our dining room and bar are located, The ground floor has
a small library from where guests can select their choice of reading
material for their stay. There is also a small curio shop filled with hand
crafted goodies to take home with you.
* Facilities (pool / TV’s etc)
largest pool of any lodge worldwide (we have
No TV’s; the surroundings are entertainment enough. Nkwichi does have a sunshade on the main beach with an array of beach equipment for daily beach, snorkeling and swimming activities. * Power Supply
whole lodge is powered by a state of the art solar power system.
and camera batteries, mobile phones and iPods (etc) can be recharged in
* Communications (Internet access / telephones etc)
are welcome to send and receive short emails through our satellite
internet system, free of charge. There is no mobile signal here at Nkwichi
Lodge, but if you take a short 20 minutes walk up to our viewpoint (with
incredible views over the lake to
* Other services and facilities for guests
staff can provide you with suggested itineraries for you to maximize your
visit to the region and can help with bookings and reservations.
well stocked First Aid Box is always available
minders can be organized to over see that your children do not get into
too much trouble.
shops and conferences can be organized at the lodge and is an ideal
location for brain storming sessions as there is no interference from the
All the staff at the lodge are from the surrounding Nyanja Communities, they are warm, welcoming and exceptionally friendly. As a result of this and the project initiated by the lodge, an unprecedented relationship has been developed between the Lodge and the communities within a 60 km radius from the lodge.
include accommodation, all meals, all activities at the lodge, all
Government taxes and a community levy.
bills and boat transfers are charged separately.
Chalets at Nkwichi -
US$ 290 per person sharing
Suit at Nkwichi - US$ 320
per person sharing
(Makolo and Songea) -
US$ 320 per person sharing
under 12 are half price, under 3 are free.
Special discounts are available for Residents in
A stay of 5 nights will charged as 4 nights (one night discount).
transfers to Nkwichi;
From Likoma Island = US$ 60 per person.
Cobué = US$ 45 per person
deposit of 20% is required to secure a reservation.
Deposits are non-refundable. Balance
of payment is required 35 days prior to date of arrival.
Cancellations within 14 days of arrival incur full charges.
All Year Round
off all ages are welcome and they love it as there are so many things for
them to do and so much space for them to run around in.
child rates apply for children under 12 when sharing with 2 adults.
Children under 3 are free. Child
minders can be provided to give the parents a break.
ADDITIONAL ADULTS SHARING ROOMS:
Our chalets are spacious enough to accommodate extra beds in the rooms. The third bed in a chalet is charged at a little over half price
and remote, northern
lodge has successfully demarcated and protected an area of 650 hectares (4
kms of lake shore, 8 beaches) from poaching and fires. As a result zebra,
warthog, kudu and otter are starting to return and can sometimes be seen
around the lodge.
a huge conservation area of 120,000 hectares (roughly the size of greater
above sea level
Nkwichi you can choose the level of activity to suit you from total
relaxation to adventurous activities and excursions.
All activities are included in the price, so there is no need to
feel under pressure in anyway, just do what you want to.
WALKS AND EXCURSIONS
TO THE COMMUNITIES
village committees, many successful projects have been established, from
primary schools to maternity clinics. The children from the village will enthusiastically take over the
tour from you guide and are delighted to show you around their school.
dancing ceremonies, football matches and other big social events are a
very entertaining day out.
WALKS AND EXPEDITIONS
variety of fully catered, camping safaris (walking, canoei
community and cultural tourism/social responsibility:
Lodge is a world leader in responsible tourism.
2008, Nkwichi was awarded the BEST SMALL HOTEL for the World Wide
Responsible Tourism and Virgin Holliday Awards – and this is just our
most recent award!
closely with the 20,000 people in this vast area, Nkwichi has helped each
of the 15 villages to set up a Community Committee. Through these Committees, six schools have been building, a maize
mill, a maternity clinic, 60km of roads and over 700 farmers have received
training in sustainable agriculture.
assistance from the Swedish Government and the Ford Foundation, a
Community Conservation Area of 120,000 hectares has been established in
the names of the local communities.
the 15 villages involved in the Manda Wilderness Project have now been
united in a formal association called Umoji (meaning ‘As One’). This is the first association of its kind in
the staff at Nkwichi lodge, much of the building materials and food
produce is sourced from the surrounding communities, ensuring that the
benefits from tourism stay as local as possible.
stay at Nkwichi will directly help the people who you will visit on your
trips to the villages. This
makes Nkwichi a unique destination, where comforts can be enjoyed to the
maximum while knowing that your stay is helping other peoples’ lives to
Charter flights from mainland
All aboard Ilala
can arrange road transfers from Lichinga to the lakeside town of
FINDING US ON THE MAP:
Lodge is located in the north-western corner of
Manda Wilderness Project
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