Tongole Wilderness Lodge is a lovely lodge nestled deep amongst the breathtaking Miombo woodlands of the 1,800km² Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The lodge is on the banks of the picturesque Bua River which is famous for being home to the Mpasa (Lake Salmon) who run up the river to spawn. The river forms part of many of the activities available at Tongole.
Tongole is unique in being one of only two lodges in the reserve with Tongole being the more luxury of the two. Their vision has always been to create a stunning wilderness lodge that will create life long memories for their guests. But their passion lies in using the benefits of a successful travel destination to help fund local projects. Focusing on education, conservation, health and economic empowerment. The park does not offer a big game experience, but offers a very scenic setting from which to do walks, canoeing and fishing.
Location: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve on the banks of the Bua River. Approximately 4 hour road transfer from Lilongwe or a 30 minute charter flight followed by a 10 minute drive to the lodge
Number Rooms: 5 units (1 x two-Bedroom Cottage, 4 x Riverside Suites)
Room Features: Rooms are built from red earth, rock, wood and thatch. There are 2 suites with king-size beds and 2 suites with twin beds. All rooms have showers, a large hand-built sunken bath (which can double as a plunge-pool ‘with a view’ during the day) and a lovely outdoor wooden deck with incredible views. The rooms have wrought iron windows and doors, giving a sense of openness and allowing for a lovely cool breeze to come through the rooms. The mosquito nets are huge and Bedouin in style. The cottage is ideal for families or couples wanting the extra space and privacy. The cottage has 2 bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining room and a private deck area overlooking the river.
Power Source: solar power and generator
Other Features: restaurant, bar, gift shop, wifi in main area.
Activities: bird safaris, bush walks & treks, cultural experiences, river exploration trips by canoe and foot with picnic lunches, fly and fresh water fishing
Child Policy: 8 years and older are welcome (younger are accepted if the whole lodge is booked)
Season: March – Mid January