Nkwichi Lodge

Niassa Mozambique

A warm welcome to Nkwichi Lodge Niassa Mozambique, A hidden hand-built lodge on the dazzling Mozambique shores of Lake Niassa. A rare chance to savour an unspoilt corner of real Africa. Breathtaking stretch beaches with pristine forests, perfect for that getaway just for two or even the exciting fisherman looking for the next best catch.

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Nkwichi Lodge MozambiqueExplore on foot, by canoe, in sailing dhows. Laze in a hammock above a secluded cove. See for yourself how responsible tourism supports local people and their timeless surroundings. Sugar-white ''squeaking' sands, washed by clear fresh water teeming with tropical fish.

The ideal romantic interlude, the perfect match for an African safari. Sit back, relax and imagine this scene. You are in Africa, sitting under the shade of a fig tree, looking out over one of the world's largest freshwater lakes. To your right rock pools filled with crystal clear water, teem with fluorescent coloured fish darting amongst smooth ancient boulders.

On your left lies a white sandy beach stretching away from you, backed by pristine forest. All you can hear is the warm waters of this tropical lake lapping against the beach. Out on the lake the silhouette of a fisherman in his wooden canoe passes by as he paddles home with his day's catch. Sounds like the perfect place to relax? At Nkwichi Lodge, on the shores of Lake Niassa in Mozambique, it's just the end of another day in this peaceful corner of Africa.

On the wild shore of Lake Niassa, the 9th largest lake in the world, is where we built Nkwichi lodge. At 560km long, 80km wide and up to 700m deep, it forms the eastern border between Malawi and Mozambique. The lake's fresh water is crystal clear and contains a greater variety of indigenous fish species of than any other lake in the world.

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.

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 practicing 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.

Nkwichi Lodge MozambiqueAccommodation
Makolo House
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 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.

Songea House and Chalet
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. An attractive staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom which has a balcony overlooking the central room downstairs.

A separate chalet a short distance from the main house provides additional accommodation - making this the perfect choice for small groups. The 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 cleverly designed so that you can enjoy the great views across the lake while relaxing in your bath or shower.

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 their 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 with 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.

Meals are an important part of everyday life at Nkwichi. No 2 meals are ever the same with the chef's delicious range of recipes and the numerous locations where guests can dine for different meals during the day.

The Lakeshore Deck is a popular place to have breakfast each morning, sitting under the shade of the enormous fig tree eating fresh mangos and homemade muesli whilst gazing out across the blue water.

Lunches vary depending on what you do each day. Guests often take part in activities which take them away from the lodge during the day. One of the highlights of people's stay is the walk to one of the largest baobab in Africa. It is estimated to be well over 2000 years old. Lunch is served under the shade of this spectacular living antique.

If you are feeling lazy and just want to relax on the beach, the main lodge dining room provides a raised view out over the lake. If you are away from the lodge walking, canoeing or visiting local community projects delicious picnics will be provided wherever your guide takes you.

Dinner is a moveable feast. The staff will make a point of asking each guest whether they would like to eat with everyone else in the lodge or prefer to dine with a companion or as a private party. There are a number of locations for dinner. One of the guest's favourite spots is down on the beach beside the lake under the stars. Alternatively dinner can be served at people's chalets or on the lakeshore deck. Try a new place each evening.

Nkwichi has one of Africa's most impressive 'kitchen gardens'. The Manda Wilderness Horticultural Project on the neighbouring farm is run by the Manda Wilderness Conservation Project. Local farmers have learnt how to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and other food to supply the lodge with delicious produce each day. The lodge chefs use their imagination and skills to provide a mixture of western recipes along with more traditional African food.

Flexibility and attention too detail is our ultimate goal in providing excellent service for your stay at Nkwichi Lodge.

Email for Reservations: book@go.mozbookings.com

Staff and Service
The people that live around the shores of Lake Niassa are known throughout Africa as some of the most friendly and charming in the continent. In this corner of the Niassa region the locals are known as the Nyanja. The majority of them practice subsistent farming methods and rely on the lake for fishing as an additional income. Nkwichi is the biggest local employer, providing alternative opportunities for people to develop skills in the tourist industry.

All the staff at Nkwichi come from the local villages. Having helped build the lodge many of them stayed on and have trained to become waiters, barmen, chalet supervisors and a host of other important roles.

The Chefs take enormous pride in using vegetables, fruit and other produce that has been grown locally on the Manda Conservation Project Farm. They have all been trained to cook a variety of delicious western meals but often add a touch of their own local recipes to introduce guests to their own traditional meals.

Guest chalets are looked after by a group of dedicated men and women who will ensure that you have everything you need to be comfortable and relaxed. They will organise the hot water in the Tanganyika boilers which supply your bathrooms and keep your room tidy and clean. In the evenings while you are dining someone will drop the mosquito net around your 4 poster bed.

The guides at Nkwichi play a central role in looking after guests during their stay. This is their 'backyard' and they know the local area and all its characteristics like the back of their hands. They lead guests on walks up the escarpment to the stunning look out points above the lake pointing out tree species and helping guests to identify many of the bird species. They also take guests out on the lake in the lodge's sailing dhow and in the Canadian canoes.

Everyone at Nkwichi takes enormous pride in working at the lodge and most importantly looking after guests during their visits. They will naturally go out of their way to help guests learn as much as possible about their culture and the local environment whilst allowing people to relax and have a peaceful stay.

Nkwichi Lodge is located on the Mozambican shores of Lake Niassa. Most of our guests arrive via Likoma Island, taking a light aircraft flight from Lilongwe. There are no roads for miles around the lodge so you will be collected by boat from Likoma airport and transferred to the lodge.

GPS Points
Nkwichi Lodge
12° 12' 34.21" S
34° 42' 25.24" E

How to get there
From Malawi by Charter Plane
Lilongwe to Likoma Island (60 minute flight). We will meet you at the airstrip on Likoma Island and then take you by boat to Nkwichi Lodge. Please note: boat transfer depends on lake conditions and there is a risk of winds and rough weather from June - September. Plane transfer - approx US$ 280 per person each way. Prices vary in low season. Boat transfer - US$ 60 per person each way

By the Illala Ferry on Lake Niassa
This historic ferry leaves from Chipoka (1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Lilongwe) in the south on Friday evenings reaching Likoma Island on Saturday afternoon where you will be met and transferred by boat to Nkwichi Lodge. The ferry leaves from Nkhata Bay (6 hours drive from Lilongwe) in the north on Monday evening reaching Cobué on Tuesday morning. Chipoka to Cobue = US$ 100 per person each way. Nkhata Bay to Cobue = US$ 40 per person each way

By Yacht on Lake Niassa
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.

By Road
Via Mangochi (the scenic route) or via Liwonde (the quick route) to Namwera/Mandimba border post. From the border post it is 170km taking aprox 3 hours (depending on road conditions) to Lichinga. For rest of route see driving from Mozambique.

From Mozambique by Plane
There are regular schedule flights from Maputo, Beira and Nampula to Lichinga. From Lichinga, access is by road.

By Road - Drive from Lichinga to Cobue
A beautiful journey, down the rift valley escarpment, through Yao and Nyanja traditional lands. Initally the route is across the Lichinga plateau, before dropping down the escarpment to the Lake of Stars, and finally through the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area. The journey takes around 4.5hours.

Email for Reservations: book@go.mozbookings.com

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