South African Hotels
Address
Manda Wilderness
Niassa Province
Mozambique
Rating
Hotel Type
Beach, Family, Leisure, Game Lodge
US $450.00SINGLE RATE
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The stunningly beautiful Nkwichi Lodge is located in the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the shore of Lake Niassa, the 9th largest lake in the world, Mozambique. This vast, freshwater lake forms the eastern border between Malawi and Mozambique. The lake features crystal clear water, which is home to a greater variety of indigenous fish species than any other lake. The lodge provides comfort and privacy and is ideal for families, couples and small groups. In front of the lodge a pristine beach provides the central feature of Nkwichi. The lodge prides itself as a leader in responsible tourism and guests of the lodge are contributing to nature and the development of the community.

Accommodation

The lodge offers intimate, private accommodation combined with the highest levels of service, featuring four private chalets, two premier chalets, two separate houses for larger families or groups and a unique open-air star bed. Each unit features a unique design and shady thatched roofs. Large four-poster beds are crafted from tree trunks and outdoor bathrooms feature baths carved into the rock face, with showers set in the tree canopy. Beach and bathroom towels are provided, and each room has a veranda, complete with armchairs and hammocks.

Activities

  • Guided walks and hikes
  • Bushwalks
  • Community excursions
  • Picnics
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Dhow sailing
  • Dhow safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Camping trips
  • Bush braais

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  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining

At the stunningly beautiful Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique no two meals are the same. The Lake Deck is shaded by a large fig tree which offers an ideal location to dine while enjoying views over the water. Lunch is often served on the go as guests enjoy the many activities surrounding the lodge. Visitors can choose to enjoy lunch in the shade of a giant baobab, on the beach, in the main lodge dining room or as a picnic.Dinner is also a moveable feast and guests can enjoy communal dinners in the lodge or private parties in intimate locations. Dinner can be served on the beach beside the lake, at the chalet or on the deck.

Land activities

The Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique offers a variety of activities which are ideal for couples, families and leisure groups. The lodge nestles at the foot of the escarpment and this means that a short walk up behind the lodge offers magnificent views of the lake and on towards Malawi. A number of guided walks are also available and guests can observe a vast range of bird species.

Water activities

Lake Niassa offers a vast expanse of blue water which provides an ideal freshwater environment for a number of activities.Mchenga Nkwichi means 'the sand that squeaks' and on the beach at the lodge the sand is so fine and pure. Niassa is one of the world's cleanest lakes and swimming here is an unbelievable experience.Guests can also spend hours exploring the magnificent underwater world with a snorkel. The rock pools along the lake shore can be compared to an enormous natural aquarium and many brightly colored fish species can be seen.

Safari activities

A game reserve has been established to protect the wildlife in the area and species found here include sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and a variety of birds. Camping trips and guided walks into the area can be arranged while picnic lunches can be enjoyed under the trees.The lodge's dhow or the canoes are used for guided excursions along the lakeside fishing villages and fresh fish can be caught from the lake and enjoyed on a bush braai.

  • Bar
  • Curio Shop
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Babysitting
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique.  The Nkwichi Lodge is a natural playground for children where they can discover hidden rock-pools and wild woodlands.

Children Activities
  • Children staying at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique can enjoy a variety of tailor made activities including:

    • treasure hunts and pirate adventures
    • family camp-outs
    • guided snorkelling and fishing trips
    • beach toys and board games
    • shallow swimming
    • community visits
    • guided bush-walks
    • paper-making and pottery/sculpting

    Child-friendly staff are on hand to operate the kiddies activities while children's menus are available. Babysitting services can be arranged at the Lodge.

Social Responsibility
  • Mozambique's Nkwichi Lodge is an eco-tourism establishment and is a leader in responsible tourism. The Manda Wilderness Conservation project aims to run a lodge with minimal impact to the environment, participate in conservation in partnership with local communities and to help build a more secure future for local populations.

    The Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area of Mozambique is an established zone which is a dedicated wildlife reserve and the project regularly monitors the area for wildlife poaching practices. The project and the lodge employs local employees who live in the vicinity.

    The Manda Wilderness Agriculture Project trains villagers in surrounding areas on sustainable farming practices and much of the produce used at Nkwichi is sourced from local areas.

    Grey water at the Nkwichi Llodge is filtered while toilets drain into 'eco-composting pits' and once they are full a tree is planted on top. Dead wood is used to heat water and the lodge is entirely solar powered.

Available Rooms

Standard Chalet

# Rooms:
4

Each Chalet at the magnificent Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique nestles in the trees overlooking the pristine lake shores. Only a total of six private chalets are available at Nkwichi accommodatinga maximum of 14 guests.

Kuya Chalet

Kuya is hidden among the trees and the chalet is named after the cormorant. Kuya is a tranquil chalet at the Nkwichi Lodge which incorporates the natural rock and trees into its structure. The bathroom is located outdoors. This chalet is ideal for families as there is enough space for additional beds for young children.

Niassa Chalet

The Niassa chalet at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique was named after the lake itself. The chalet is built on a rock face and features an impressive flight of steps leading up to a platform on which the bed is set. This romantic chalet features a private dining area in a forest clearing while the bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet.

Chimulimuli Chalet

Chimulimuli means firefly.  Featuring two bedrooms, one double and one twin, it is ideal for a family getaway. The two bedrooms are linked by a seating area and porch and a small stream runs alongside the chalet.

Single Room US $450
Double Room US $690

Premier Chalet

# Rooms:
2

Nkwazi Chalet

Nkwazi, the honeymoon chalet at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique, was named after the African Fish Eagle. It is a bird which is often seen in front of the veranda.

The honeymoon chalet offers a magical setting, surrounded by the lake on two sides and with a private beach. This chalet features three folding sets of double-doors to maximize the wonderful views from the grand four-poster bed while the bathroom features a floodlit, heart-shaped bath for two on the lake shore.

Kakoa Chalet

The Kakoa chalet is named after the White Egret offering a secluded location with direct lake access. This chalet features its own dining area and outdoor bathroom with outstanding views looking out on to Lake Niassa.

Single Room US $490
Double Room US $750

Mokolo House and Songea House

# Rooms:
2

Mokolo House

The Mokolo House at Mozambique's Nkwichi Lodge offers a magnificent private retreat overlooking the lake. This house features two en-suite bedrooms and is designed with natural materials and a high thatched roof. A loft platform offers a spectacular view of the sunset over the lake while the house offers private access down to the lake. Meals are served on site by a personal chef.

Songea House

The Songea House at Nkwichi is a unique house and chalet duo which is suitable for families and groups.  Nkwichi's Songea House offers luxurious outside dining, a secluded private beach and views of the lake.

A large reception room with a sunken sitting area features a staircase which leads to an upstairs bedroom with balcony overlooking the room downstairs. A separate chalet is set a short distance from the main house and offers a bedroom and en-suite bathroom with double-bath. As with Mokolo House, meals are provided on site by a personal chef.

Single Room US $490
Double Room US $750

Lake of Stars Bed

# Rooms:
1

The Lake of Stars Bed at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique can be moved to suit guests' needs. It is here where guests can sleep nestled on a private rock island, a deserted beach or on a mountain viewpoint.

Nkwichi Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy a 5 night breakaway to Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique and enjoy one free night. This beatiful lodge is situated in the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the banks of Lake Niassa, Mozambique. Nkwichi Lodge privates luxury seclusion and spectacular views.

Come and enjoy a five night stay at the Nkwichi Lodge and only pay for four nights. Receive one night for free.

Included in the rate:

  • Full board accommodation
  • All meals (including tea & coffee)
  • Laundry
  • Non-motorised activities
  • US$5 community bed-night levy, government taxes
     

Excluded from the rate:

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

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid January - November 2016 & 2017
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a stay of 5 nights or longer
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Stay for 4 nights or longer at the Nkwichi Lodge during your honeymoon for travel 1 January - 30 November 2016 or 1 January - 30 November 2017, and the bride will receive a 50% discount on her accommodation. Stay for four nights or more from only US$520 per couple per night (rate already reflects the discount).

Included in the rate:

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

Excluded from the rate:

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

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for honeymooners
  • Only valid for a stay of 4 nights or longer
  • Not valid December 2016 or December 2017
  • Subject to availability
  • Discount for bride already reflected in the quote
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South African Residents can enjoy discounted rates from only US$ 200 per person sharing per night (2015) and US$240 per person sharing per night (2016) at the Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique. This offer is not valid for December 2015 and December 2016.

Included in the rate:

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

Excluded from the rate:

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

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for South African Residents
  • Not valid December 2016
  • Subject to availability
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Experience the luxury and isolation of Mkulumadzi lodge in the Majete Reserve, followed up with a few nights in Mvuu Lodge, discreetly nestled on the banks of a lagoon in the internationally acclaimed Liwonde National Park. End that all off with a relaxing refreshing stay at Nkwichi Lodge hidden on the wild and forgotten eastern lakeshore of Lake Malawi ...

Day 1-4

On arrival in Blantyre, you will be met and shown to your vehicle, where you will begin the 2 hour scenic road transfer to Majete Reserve. Spend the next 3 nights at Mkulumadzi lodge, which is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River in Southern Malawi. It is the only Big Five reserve in Malawi and also one of the largest protected areas, covering over 70,000ha. The luxurious lodge is in a stunning location and activities include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide.

Day 4-7

After breakfast you will be transferred by road to Mvuu Lodge for the next 3 nights. The drive to Liwonde National Park is around a 5 hour drive. Guests can expect wonderful views from the main building, which is set high above the water at Mvuu lodge. The name means “hippo” in Chichewa and epitomises the large numbers of pods that can be seen. Boating trips on the Shire River, game- drives in the morning and afternoon as well as bike rides or nature walks are all extremely popular activities at Mvuu Lodge. After an early Mvuu breakfast on your last day, you will be transferred to Lilongwe airport (around 4 hour drive) in time to catch your afternoon connection to Likoma island

Day 7-12

Nkwichi boatmen will be waiting to transfer you across the lake. Discover Nkwichi Lodge, a halcyon paradise, hidden on the lakeshores, for the next 5 nights, where you can experience this unique taste of Africa with exquisite scenery and unparalleled tranquility in the 4km of coastline and 8 different beaches. Canoe or snorkel the crystal clear lake waters. Hike along the coastline, exploring the wilderness. Picnic under a 2000-year-old Baobab tree or spend the night sleeping under the stars! Depart Nkwichi Lodge after breakfast by boat to Likoma island to meet your air transfer back to Lilongwe in time for your international connection.
 

Rate (total cost per person):

Low Season (15 Mar-30 Jun & November) : USD5130
High Season (1 July – 31 October): USD5555

Included in the rate:

  • Meet and greet in Blantyre.
  • Road transfer from Blantyre to Majete, Mvuu and Lilongwe.
  • Return flights from Lilongwe to Likoma island.
  • Return boat transfers from Likoma to Nkwichi.
  • 3 nights at Mkulumadzi lodge and 3 nights at Mvuu Lodge (includes: all accommodation and meals, local drinks at Mkulumadzi, road transfers as specified, park fees and safari activities).
  • 5 nights at Nkwichi Lodge (includes: Full board accommodation, all meals (including tea & coffee), laundry, non-motorised activities, US$5 community bed-night levy, government taxes.

Excluded from the rate:

  • drinks (except local drinks at Mkulumadzi), items of a personal nature, insurance), airport / passenger / security taxes on flights, motorized activities at Nkwichi Lodge

Terms and Conditions:

  • All rates are quoted in US Dollars (USD)
  • Based on 2 adults sharing.
  • Rates for singles and children on demand only. 
  • Mkulumadzi Child Policy: No age restriction
  • Mvuu Lodge Child Policy: Children 6 years and old are accommodated. Private activities need to be booked and paid for families with children between 6-12 years. Children between 6 and 16 need to share with adults. Minimum age for walking is 12 years, and boating is 6 years.
  • This package is based on a standard chalet at Nkwichi Lodge.
  • All bookings are subject to the full terms and conditions of Nkwichi Lodge and Mvuu & Mkulumadzi Lodge.
  • The rates in this package are subject to increase at any time without prior notification.
  • No refunds will be given to guests leaving prior to departure date.
  • Nkwichi Lodge and Mvuu & Mkulumadzi Lodge reserve the right to cancel any reservation without notice, should the full standard terms and conditions policy not be adhered to. Copies available on request.
  • Nkwichi Lodge & Mvuu & Mkulumadzi Lodge cannot be held liable for any delays or cancellations in any third party transfers (i.e. air / road / boat transfers, charters, flights). 
  • In the event of delays or factors outside of the properties control, neither Nkwichi Lodge or Mvuu & Mkulumadzi Lodge will be held liable for any costs whatsoever and any costs incurred (eg. Air / road transfers, charters, flights, unscheduled accommodation, meals, etc.) and must be settled directly to the third party establishments by the client.
  • All flights quoted are based on scheduled flight rates (not available Jan – March each year), where charter rates will be applicable over and above this quotation.   

Booking Terms

  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to secure a reservation. Balance of payment is required 35 days prior to date of departure.
  • Time of booking to 60 days prior to arrival – 25% cancellation fee
  • 60-31 days – 50% cancellation fee
  • Within 30 days of arrival – 100% cancellation fee
  • In the event of a postponement, original dates of booking will be considered if booking is eventually cancelled.
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Experience the paradise of Lake Malawi with Nkwichi and Kaya Mawa. Emerald-clear water, wild beaches, tropical diving and dining under the stars. The romantic escape of a lifetime.

On arrival in Lilongwe you will be met and transferred to your flight to Likoma Island (a quick 1 hour hop), where you will be met by the Nkwichi boatmen who will transfer across the lake to the lodge – roughly a 2 hour cruise (with a short stopover at Malawi
immigration and in Cobué to stamp into Mozambique).

DAY 1 - 5
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. Eight secluded beaches set on 4 km of Rift Valley coastline embrace Nkwichi lodge in the perfect setting to snorkel, canoe and sail.

Nkwichi Lodge on the untouched Mozambique shores is an experience in itself with its squeaky white beaches, crystal clear waters and relaxed atmosphere. Spend your next 5 days, exploring the pristine; remote shores by canoe, snorkelling, sailing or dhow safari. Renowned for its responsible approach to tourism and development, guests are able to learn of the various projects within the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area.

DAY 5 - 8
Transfer by boat back (via Mozambican and Malawian Immigration) to the spectacular Kaya Mawa Lodge where you can relax and enjoy your escape from ‘The Mainland’. Fill your days with quad biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and water skiing, relaxing and dining on sumptuous Kaya Mawa meals. Also visit an arts and crafts initiative along with some inspiring community projects set up by Kaya Mawa.

DAY 9

After breakfast, transfer to Likoma aerodrome in time to connect with your flight back to Lilongwe, and connect with your international connection.

Low Season (25 Mar–30 Jun & 1 Nov–30 Nov 2016) : USD3365 per person

High Season (1 Jul – 31 Oct & 1-15 Jan 2017) : USD3485 per person

Included in the rate:

  • Return charter flights from Lilongwe to Likoma, all Boat transfers from Likoma Airport to Kaya Mawa and Nkwichi, 3 nights at Kaya Mawa (All food, accommodation, and transfer to and from Likoma Aerodrome to Kaya Mawa, as well as Malawi VAT Activities Included are: Snorkeling, Walks, Mountain Bikes, Kayaks, Sailing) and 5 nights at Nkwichi Lodge (accommodation, all meals (including tea and coffee), drinking water, non motorized activities, laundry, US$5 community bed-night levy, Mozambique VAT/IVA)

Excluded from the rate:

  • International flights, Visa’s, airport taxes, Gratuities, All drinks, motorised watersports and items of a personal nature 

Terms and Conditions:

  • All rates are quoted in US Dollars (USD) Based on 2 adults sharing.
  • Rates for singles and children on demand only. 
  • All bookings are subject to the full terms and conditions of Nkwichi Lodge and Kaya Mawa.
  • The rates in this package are subject to increase at any time without prior notification.
  • No refunds will be given to guests leaving prior to departure date.
  • Nkwichi Lodge and Kaya Mawa reserve the right to cancel any reservation without notice, should the full standard terms and conditions policy not be adhered to. Copies available on request.
  • Nkwichi Lodge & Kaya Mawa cannot be held liable for any delays or cancellations in any third party transfers (i.e. air / road / boat transfers, charters, flights).
  • In the event of delays or factors outside of the properties control, neither Nkwichi Lodge or Kaya Mawa will be held liable for any costs whatsoever and any costs incurred (eg. Air / road transfers, charters, flights, unscheduled accommodation, meals, etc.) and must be settled directly to the third party establishments by the client.  
  • Booking Terms 
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to secure a reservation. Balance of payment is required 35 days prior to date of departure.
  • Time of booking to 60 days prior to arrival – 25% cancellation fee
  • 60-31 days – 50% cancellation fee
  • Within 30 days of arrival – 100% cancellation fee
  • In the event of a postponement, original dates of booking will be considered if booking is eventually cancelled.
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -12.157038

Longitude: 34.735866

Directions

From Lichinga to Cobue: the journey takes around 4.5hours:

1. Leaving Lichinga take the tarmac road to Metangula, passing the turn off to the airport.
2. After 80 kms, on the edge of the escarpment, is Manhamba village. At the end of the village (by a stop sign) turn right towards Metangula - straight on the road comes to a dead end. From Michumwa it is 91km to Cobue, which takes around 2 hours.
3. Metangula is 106km from Lichinga, taking under 2 hours driving. The road is tarmac the whole way, with some excellent views over the lake just before arriving in Metangula. At the cross roads in Metangula, turn right to Chuangwa beach and Cobue (straight takes you to the beach and left up the hill to the administration buildings).
4. The road follows the lake shore for a few km. At Chuangwa (where you can see a big, golden beach) the road to Chuangwa turns left. The road to Cobue continues straight on.
5. After 5 mins the road will fork again, the right hand fork crosses a narrow cement bridge - this is the road to Cobue, the left road descends into a sandy river bed - do not take this road.
6. The last 60km (1.5 hrs) of the drive is through the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area - keep your eyes open and you may catch a glimpse of some wild animals.
7. Drive past the ruined church, after 100km turn right down to the beach.
8. After 30m take the track on the right (just after the circular carpentry shed under the mango trees) - this track will lead you to Kango Beach Lodge - a backpackers run by Julius who will be your contact person in Cobue. There is safe and secure parking here.
8. Nkwichi boat crew will be waiting for you on the beach in front of Kango Beach Lodge. You MUST make a booking, or the boat will not be waiting.
9. From Cobue, it is 25mins by speed boat and 1 hour by motorised dhow to the lodge. Nkwichi Lodge is only accessible by boat or by walking (3 hours from Cobue).

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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4 Star

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