Nkwichi Lodge

Accommodation in Lake Malawi

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Nkwichi, a halcyon paradise hidden on the pristine Mozambican shores of Lake Malawi. More than a lodge, Nkwichi is a complete experience offering a unique taste of Africa with exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquillity. With 8 secluded beaches set on 4 km of Rift Valley coastline, Nkwichi is the perfect setting to discover a lost world; a fresh-water oasis and an Africa untouched.

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has a convenient location, hidden amongst the trees that border the main beach. This chalet is named after the cormorants that can be seen from the veranda, and it is the perfect place to sit back and relax, listening to the gentle sounds of waves lapping the lakeshore. Kuya is a tranquil chalet with a clever design, incorporating the natural rock and branching trees as part of its impressive structure. The chalet is all on one level, with an en-suite toilet – perfect for easy access. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet and is completely outdoors. This chalet works well for families with younger children as there is ample space for 1 or 2 extra single beds.

- NIASSA, simply named after the lake itself because of its beautiful setting, has the most magnificent design. Niassa’s unique and spacious structure is built on a natural rock face with the main feature an impressive flight of steps leading up to a platform on which the large four-poster bed is set. The location has the perfect mix of seclusion, with a romantic private dining area in a clearing under some trees, and proximity to the main beach. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet and the toilet is located in a separate little hut next to the chalet

SCOTLANDI, with its own private beach and idyllic site on the Lake, is our most secluded chalet, perfect for the ultimate private wilderness experience. Scotland was named by the staff of Nkwichi, after a Scottish volunteer who spent some time here. Scotland’s exceptional open plan design is split between two levels and takes full advantage of the fabulous views which look out across the lush vegetation to the lakeshore. The outdoor shower and bath provide lovely views of the surrounding bush. The toilet is located in a separate hut next to the main chalet. Scotland provides a fantastic location to relax in private luxury, deep in remote Mozambique.

CHIMULIMULI means Firefly. With its two bedrooms, one double and one twin - Chimulimuli is the perfect choice for a quiet family getaway. It enables one to be close to the family, but yet still enjoy the intimacy and privacy of having your own room. The two bedrooms are linked by a seating area and front porch. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet. It has a picturesque natural setting – with a small stream running alongside and wonderful views out into the bush behind the chalet. Evenings in the rainy season are lit up by a sky of fireflies, living up to its name beautifully.


means African Fish Eagle, and this impressive bird of prey is often seen on the tree in front of the veranda. The setting is truly magical, surrounded by the lake on two sides and with your own private venus beach – perfect for sun-downer drinks watching the sunset over the lake, and romantic candle-lit meals for two under the stars. To ensure you can enjoy this enchanting location from your chalet, Nkwazi has been cleverly designed with three sets of doubledoors, which can be folded completely back to offer wonderful views across the lake from your grand four-poster bed. Even the bathroom has been designed with honeymoones in mind – with a floodlit, heart-shaped bath for two on the lakeshore.

KAKOA is named after the White Egret, which can often be seen fishing in the waters in front of the chalet. Kakoa has a secluded location with its own private access to the lake and is just a short walk from the main beach. Complete with its own dining area, bathroom under the stars and even a hidden cave tucked away in the bush, this intimate chalet, with outstanding views looking out on to Lake Niassa, is a favourite with guests – providing a feeling of complete serenity with a truly unique African bush experience.

MAKOLO HOUSE - 1 double + 1 twin (4 beds) Makolo House offers the ultimate private retreat located deep in the African bush. Hidden from view 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 (1 Twin & 1 Double) with a high thatched roof providing a great feeling of space. There is an upstairs platform which is a perfect place for the kids to hang out, or to relax and watch the sunset over the lake. The location is ideal for taking walks out to explore the bush, and there is private access down to the lake for swimming and snorkelling. 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 & CHALETS - 3 doubles (6 beds) 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 dome thatched roof. The main feature of the house is a large circular reception room with a unique sunken sitting area. A beautiful handcarved 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 (great for sharing!), 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..

‘LAKE OF STARS’ BED - One of Africa’s most unique experiences, Nkwichi’s star-bed is the best way to enjoy the Lake of Stars. Nestled on your private rock island archipelago, a deserted beach or high above on a mountain viewpoint, gaze up to a star-filled sky while the flow and ebb of water and the cry of distant animals serenades you to sleep. Gently awaken to panoramic views of dawn stirring the lakeshore to life and enjoy a picnic breakfast in a stunning location.
o Private Dinner, served at starbed location
o Canvas shower and portable toilet
o Included when paying full international rates
o Guest management team nearby with radio communication
o 2 pax maximum
o Subject to weather and availability 
o Must be booked in advance


Inclusions / Exclusions

Includes : Full board accommodation, all meals (including tea & coffee), laundry, non-motorised activities, US$5 community bed-night levy, government taxes.

Excludes : Drinks, motorised boat activities, items of a personal nature, gratuities, insurance, flying doctor service, medical evacuation.


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In the water:
The crystal-clear freshwater of Africa’s most bio-diverse lake awaits you – explore secluded bays, untouched beaches, towering monoliths and an underwater world of wonder.
•Paddle and play in pristine fresh-water
•Snorkel safari through a world of brilliantly-coloured tropical fish
•Canoe along the magical Rift Valley shoreline
•Watch the world go by in a sunset dhow cruise
•Savour fishing trips in a traditional dug-out

Under the Stars
The magic of the Lake of Stars. As the sun slips gently across the water, highlighting the distant mountains of Malawi, a thick band of orange gives way to blue. The first flickering of an African night sky heralds a gallery of cascading shooting stars. Fireflies glitter in the trees, the fire crackles by your feet and sense of timelessness drifts through your mind.
•The Lake of Stars as never before from Nkwichi’s unique Star Bed
•Sun-downers with the first flickering of twilight
•Romantic dinners on secluded beaches
•Night cruises under a canopy of starlight
•Uncovering the universe’s secrets through the lens of a telescope

A little culture
Follow in the steps of our local guides and catch a rare glimpse into the customs and culture of the Nyanja tribe, the ever-friendly ‘People of the Lake’ and the real stars of Lake Malawi. Explore traditional village life and experience cultural events, such as the Manda Wilderness Dug-out Canoe Races and Gospel Choir Festivals which help bring the community, and its visitors, together.
•Experience the warm welcome of village life
•Encounter traditional dances beneath towering mango trees
•Feel the melodies and rhythm of African choirs at sunset
•Marvel at the work of the area’s exceptional carvers, weavers and potters

On The Land
Explore the hidden wonders of the ancient Rift Valley landscape, from panoramic vistas to idyllic waterfalls and soaring Baobab trees. Through the eyes of one of Nkwichi’s qualified, local guides, discover one of Africa’s last unspoiled pieces of paradise.
•Hike along the rugged coastline of one of Africa’s oldest paths
•Picnic under a 2000-year-old Baobab
•Track game through pristine woodland
•Visit villages in timeless surroundings
•Get a Fish Eagle’s eye-view of the lake from spectacular viewpoints