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Nkwichi Lodge is a hidden hand-built lodge situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Niassa, at one of the most beautiful points on the lake and provides a rare chance to savour an unspoilt corner of real Africa. The lake’s fresh water is crystal clear and contains a greater variety of indigenous fish species than any other lake in the world.Each of our chalets has been carefully tucked away in the tree line so that the pristine lake-shore scenery is unspoilt. The lodge has been carefully designed to provide comfort and privacy for all guests, with the highest levels of service in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Flexibility and attention to detail is our ultimate goal in providing excellent service for your stay.The lodge is located at the foot of the escarpment in the Rift Valley, meaning that it only takes a few minutes to walk up behind the lodge, gain some height and look out over the lake towards Malawi. The scenery varies enormously as you move inland from the lakeshore through acacia woodland, grassy plains bordered by streams and rivers, and past deep rocky gorges.Explore the area on foot, by canoe and in sailing dhows or just laze in a hammock above a secluded cove. The Lakeshore Deck is a popular place to have breakfast each morning, sitting under the shade of the large fig tree eating fresh mangos and homemade muesli while gazing out across the blue water. If you are busy with activities away from the lodge, delicious picnics will be provided wherever your guide takes you.
The chalet is surrounded by the lake on two sides and with its your own private beach, perfect for sundowners and romantic candle-lit meals under the stars. Nkwazi has been cleverly designed with three sets of double-doors, which can be folded completely back to offer wonderful views across the lake from your four-poster bed. The bathroom has been designed with honeymoons in mind, with a heart-shaped bath for two on the lakeshore.
Makolo House offers the ultimate private retreat, located deep in the African bush and overlooking the lake. The house is cleverly designed using natural materials, with two en-suite bedrooms with a high thatched roof providing a feeling of space. There is an upstairs platform which is a perfect place for the kids to hang out, or to relax and watch the sunset over the lake. The location is ideal for taking walks out to explore the bush, and there is private access down to the lake for swimming and snorkelling. Meals will be provided on-site by your own chef, and you are a 10 minute walk from the main lodge where you can take full advantage of all the facilities.
Kuya is hidden amongst the trees that borders the main beach and listens to the gentle sounds of waves lapping the lakeshore. The chalet has a clever design, incorporating the natural rock and branching trees as part of its impressive structure. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet and is totally outdoors. This chalet works well for families with younger children as there is ample space for one or two extra single beds.
Scotland is our most secluded chalet, with its own private beach, perfect for the ultimate private wilderness experience. The chalet’s open-plan design is split between two levels and takes full advantage of the great views, which look out across the lush vegetation to the lakeshore. The outdoor shower and bath provide lovely views of the surrounding bush, and the toilet is located in a separate hut next to the main chalet.