A small and unique, owner-managed lodge is located just two kilometers inside the eastern boundary of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, making access by saloon car, even during the rains, quite straightforward. The reserve, covering 1,800,000 Hectares, is the third largest protected area in Malawi and one of the least known.
Largely miombo woodland, the reserve falls from around 1,000 m. above sea level to just 600 metres in the east. The beautiful Bua River, the second largest in the country, on whose banks Bua River Lodge is located, bisects the Reserve. The reserve is very much a wilderness area. Apart from the main M18 road, which runs through the reserve, there is only only one motorable track in the reserve. North of the river, there are no tracks at all.
There is a considerable diversity of wildlife, including a healthy elephant population, buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as roan, sable, zebra and many smaller mammals, although it must be said that the wildlife is difficult to observe. Over 200 species of birds are listed, including Finfoot, Palm Nut Vulture and Black Stork. It is likely that Pel’s Fishing Owl also occurs.