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The stunningly beautiful Nkwichi Lodge is 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 hotel prides itself as a leader in responsible tourism and guests of the lodge are contributing to nature and the development of the community.
They offer intimate, private luxury combined with the highest levels of service, featuring four individual 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.
- Guided walks and hikes
- Community excursions
- Dhow sailing
- Dhow safaris
- Camping Trips
- Bush braais
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Mosquito net
- Outside Shower
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Curio Shop
- Hotel Bar
- Viewing deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Housekeeping service
- Internet connection
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Walking safaris
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 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, 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.
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 on 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 employ 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 Lodge is filtered while toilets drain into 'eco-composting pits' and once they are full, a tree is planted on top. Deadwood is used to heat water, and the lodge is entirely solar powered.
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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 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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
Mokolo House and Songea House
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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.
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.
Lake of Stars Bed
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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.
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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).
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.