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Nkwichi Lodge is found nestled in the emerald bush on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi/Lake Niassa, it is the perfect hide away. Established in 1999 the project forges an invincible bond between protecting one of Africa’s last true wildernesses, releasing an African community’s true potential, and boosting the standards of international tourism. An essential part of the Manda Wilderness Project, Nkwichi enables guests to enjoy the comforts of life while knowing that their stay is helping the surrounding people and environment.
The lodge has been constructed out of local and natural materials wherever possible. It has been built by the lodge staff, all of whom come from the nearby Nyanja communities. Each chalet is unique and has been designed to blend in with the natural surroundings and to cause minimal impact on the environment.
In 2008, Nkwichi was judged BEST SMALL HOTEL in the World Wide Responsible Tourism and Virgin Holiday Awards – and this is just one of their awards.
Nkwichi Lodge lies on one of the most beautiful points of the shoreline.It has been carefully designed to provide comfort and privacy for guests. There are 6 chalets, all personally crafted and named, many having the natural rocks and trees incorporated into the design. There are also 2 private houses.
The beach on the shores of the lake with its fine, white sand is the central feature around which the lodge has been built. The main lodge building has a dining room raised high on a platform providing views out over the lake. The fig tree platform built amongst the enormous granite boulders on the lakeshore provides another popular spot for guests to dine or relax.
Full board accommodation,
All meals (including tea & coffee),
US$5 community bed-night levy,
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- 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 6 chalets in total, allowing only 14 guests to sleep at the lodge at any one time. The chalets are located far enough apart to provide privacy. Each one is designed differently with its own unique characteristics. Some are built around rocks and trees surrounding the chalet. All of them are spacious, attracting the breezes from the lake under the shady thatched roofs.
The central feature in each chalet is the enormous, 4-poster bed, made of old tree trunks and covered in a beautifully crafted white mosquito net. The sheets are freshly pressed as are your beach and bathrooms towels. Alongside bedside tables flowers are carefully arranged by the lodge's 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.