Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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Set deep within the rugged and breathtakingly beautiful miombo woodland of the 1,800 sqkm Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Tongole has been expertly designed to incorporate the very best of local Malawian culture whilst blending in perfectly with its stunning natural setting.

A mere 30 km west of the Lake of Stars and hugging the forest-clad banks of the lovely Bua River, Tongole is the only luxury lodge 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.

Access to the Lodge is either by an easy and scenic 4 hour road transfer, or chartered aircraft, which takes just 27 minutes, from the capital, Lilongwe. 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 environs.

Nkhotakota supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Elephants can be seen regularly at Tongole, as well as bushbuck, waterbuck, baboons and warthogs and Birdlife International has classified the Reserve as an Important Bird Area (IBA); with over 280 species of birds already recorded, it is believed that further exploration of this largely uncharted area will likely increase this figure considerably.

A wilderness safari in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is truly unique, due to its rugged and varied landscape. Tongole is made for adventure, but with a focus on low environmental impact nature activities, allowing you to truly enjoy the tranquillity of the pristine wilderness that surrounds you. Coupled with the freedom to choose how you spend your days, Tongole offers a very unique African experience!


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  • Family friendly
  • Laundry service
  • Room service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Chef
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Bartender
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Tour guide
  • Hot water
  • Parking


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