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Tongole Wilderness Lodge

4 River Cottages, 1 Deluxe River Tent
Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is an exciting new eco-tourism venture deep within the rugged and breathtakingly beautiful miombo woodland of the 1,800 sq km Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

A mere 30 km west of the Lake of Stars, and hugging the forest-clad banks of the lovely Bua River, Tongole will be the only high-end facility of its kind in the region, drawing those who seek an exceptional wilderness experience in one of Africa’s – and possibly Malawi’s last – truly unspoilt wildlife areas.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge has been built from the red earth upon which it stands, whilst its rock, wood and thatch has also been sourced, wherever possible, from the Lodge’s immediate environment.

Accommodation and Facilities: 

The four River Cottages can be used as doubles or twins.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge offers luxurious, open-fronted, riverside suites on the banks of the lovely Bua River, which blend in perfectly with their unique natural setting.

The River Cottages are built from the same red earth, rock, wood and thatch upon which Tongole stands and incorporate the very best of local Malawian culture.

Each spacious room possesses panoramic views over the river and forest and are a cool and breezy haven during the heat of the day.

All the rooms have sumptuous, super-king sized double beds (6ft x 6ft 6in) or twin beds; which can also be joined seamlessly together to form a super king.

Each cottage is supplied with 240v power and hot running water at all times, with shower, twin marble basins, flush lavatory and large hand-built sunken baths - doubling as a plunge-pools, ‘with a view’ during the day.

Spectacular raised wooden decks afford a tranquil and private space to relax and watch the river and forest wildlife go by.

The Deluxe River Tent – twin/double is elegant and spacious, with its ‘canvas under thatch’ accommodation situated on the banks of the lovely Bua River.

The specially designed living space has stone floors and a high ceiling which, along with its large windows, allow it to remain pleasantly cool and breezy even during the hottest time of day.

The double-doors open out onto a raised wooden deck with wonderful vistas over the river below. The Tent’s luxurious twin beds can also be joined seamlessly together to form a sumptuous, super king sized double bed (6ft wide x 6ft 6in long).

The large en-suite bathroom is built from stone (in keeping with the River Cottage structures) and consists of a sunken bath ‘with a view’; twin marble basins and a flush lavatory. From the bathroom a raised walkway leads a short distance to a secluded open-air shower overlooking the river and hills.

The room is supplied with 240v power and hot running water at all times.


The breathtakingly beautiful Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is one of Africa’s last truly un-discovered wildlife areas.

Nkhotakota supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Large mammals found here include elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and sable antelope and there are plans to re-introduce species such as giraffe and even black rhino.

One of the best ways to view the wildlife in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is on a game drive. An informative guide will take you in an open vehicle through the beautiful miombo woodland, or along the river bank viewing the wide variety of game, birds, plants and trees.

Another great way to view the stunning diversity of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is on foot. You will be accompanied by a highly trained guide whose knowledge of local flora, fauna, cultural and history is unmatched. Visitors learn to read animal tracks, explore the medicinal properties of indigenous plant life, and immerse themselves in the vast world of insects and bird life that sustains the vast African forest.

Fishing also takes place in the Bua River which is famous for hosting the spawning run of the Mpasa (Lake Salmon).

Canoeing is also offered, subject to the seasonal level of the water.

‘Fly camping’ is the term used for luxury walking safaris where visitors sleep out in the open with only a mosquito net between them and the African sky. Guests often embark on day hikes through the bush with their private guide, and camp is set up each evening in a new location. For many visitors, fly camping will be the height of their Tongole experience - the sheer vastness of their surroundings, the peaceful rhythms of nature, and the opportunity to be alone in the African bush is a stunning and memorable experience.

For a unique cultural experience, spend an afternoon at a traditional local village - a great opportunity to learn more about Malawi’s rich culture. See how the local communities live and view some of their craftwork.

Want to stay here?

Call us today on +44 (0)1675 481700 or complete a booking enquiry.