Blue Zebra Island Lodge | Lake Malawi
A WILD ISLAND PARADISE: just a two hour journey from Lilongwe, the exclusive Blue Zebra Island Lodge is situated on Nankoma Island, part of the Marelli Archipelago in Lake Malawi National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site).
The 3 islands are home to a vast array of fresh water fish, including some of the most rare and colorful in the world. The islands support diverse flora and fauna and are a bird watcher's paradise.
A unique set-up with 9 en-suite safari-style tented chalets and 1 Superior Cottage overlooking the lake. Secluded executive chalets boast stunning views from private balconies, some with lake access. The chalets are set in an unspoiled environment, immersed in nature.
Activities: nature trails, birding, kayaking, snorkeling, wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, sunset cruise, seasonal scuba diving. Relaxing at the Infinity Pool. Massages available during peak periods or with advance bookings.
The only structure which is not Safari-Tent Style. A large, open planned cottage (house) with a lounge and dining area and two en-suite bedrooms (one queen, one double). 2 single beds can be added to the main room.
The master bedroom has ample cupboard space with a built in dressing table and an open bathroom with a shower and bathtub. The second bedroom is a smaller en-suite double room opening onto the lake-facing balcony.
2 Executive Family Chalets: Malachite and Fisheagle. Spacious en-suite safari-style tented chalets each with 2 bedrooms, a lounge and bathroom. Private lake-facing balconies.
Typically for families of up to 5 (2 adults & up to 3 children) or up to 4 adults.
Main room: 1 queen bed / Twin room: 2 single beds / U12's sofa bed in the lounge
FISHEAGLE: located around the side of the island with a long stairway entrance, in a natural and very private setting.
MALACHITE: located just behind reception at the lodge entrance. Private but closer to lodge facilities.
2 standard Executive Chalets: Kingfisher & Cormorant. En-suite safari-style tented chalets. Both exclusively located around the side of the island with private lake-facing balconies.
CORMORANT: 1 queen bed & 2 sofa beds for U12's. Best for couples / young families.
Furthest executive chalet from the communal area. Stairway from the balcony down to boulders which meet the lake. Near a nature trail entrance & private beach.
KINGFISHER: 1 queen bed & a mini-lounge. Best for couples / solo travelers.
Long stairway entrance down to a private cove with a small beach & lake-access.
Lake Safari Tents: Bulbul, Darter, Heron, Hornbill & Nightjar
En-suite safari-style tents, smaller than executives but quaint and comfortable. 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 single. Some have sofa beds for U12s.
BULBUL: 1 queen bed
the furthest chalet from the communal area overlooking the lake & a private beach. At the entrance to nature trails.
DARTER: 1 queen bed & 2 sofa beds\
Centrally located, nearest the restaurant, no stairs, largest balcony.
HERON: 1 queen bed & 2 sofa beds
Centrally located, small stairway entrance.
HORNBILL: 2 single beds & 1 sofa bed
Centrally located in-between Darter & Heron, small stairway entrance.
NIGHTJAR: 1 single bed
Centrally located above reception.
24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Balcony / Deck, Detached Private Bathroom, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Tea / Coffee
Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card, Room Service
Explore the Marelli Archipelago by kayak - a great way to get out and explore the coves and coastal wildlife up close.
It takes around 45min-1hr around Nankoma Island, but for the more active and adventurous you can kayak all 3 islands in around 2.5 - 3 hours.
For a shorter kayak, there are rocky outcrops close to shore. Paddle around and spot all the different kinds of colourful fish. Other possible sightings: otters, monitor lizards, bird-life (especially Cormorants and African Fish-Eagles).
6 kayaks available: 4 single & 2 double.
Rarely does one have such effortless and immediate access to a site teaming with aquatic life. Just a few meters off the shore, experience Malawi’s renowned Cichlids in all their natural splendour. Famed for their vivid and vibrant colours, the Islands are home to species unique not only to Lake Malawi, but many to these islands! Look out for the Blue Zebra!
The best sites depend on lake levels and the time of year. Snorkel equipment is free to use for off-shore snorkeling. At an additional charge, snorkel trips can be arranged to Maleri and/or Nakatenga Islands.
Cruise around the Marelli islands and experience an awe inspiring Lake Malawi sunset out on the water - MGT (Malawi Gin & Tonic) or your sun downer of choice in hand. Every sunset is different & it's always an unforgettable event as the sun gently dips below the low lying Nkhotakota hills in the distance.
Malawi is world renowned as a birdwatchers paradise. The country boasts over 650 different species of birds, 10% of which are native species non-existent anywhere else on the globe.
Lake Malawi provides an ideal habitat for bird life has the highest concentration of African Fish Eagles on the continent. Their cry is heard frequently echoing across the skies over Nankoma Island.
There are over 350 species at the islands - best seen in the dry season. Take a bird check-list around the island and tick of how many you see.
Explore the wonderfully wild paths around and over Nankoma Island & connect with nature. The further you go the smaller you feel as you walk among massive Baobab trees. Venture off track to The Ancient Fig for a halfway break and soak in the enchanting natural beauty of this unspoiled paradise.
The main trail around the island is only 2.4km. Take a bird check-list to tick off all the different kinds you see. Look out for the elusive Red Duiker along the top path, Chameleons camouflaged in in trees, Monitor Lizards along the shore.
Early-birds will catch a stunning sunrise!
Quite possibly the most popular 'activity', although this doesn't require being active. With stunning views over Lake Malawi, what better way to spend an afternoon than splash about in the Infinity Pool with a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail for kids) or laze on the deck-chairs with that book you've been too busy to read!
An exciting way to experience Lake Malawi, flying over the fresh clear water of the lake at high speed.
Motorized water-sports have additional charges.
Must be booked at the lodge, around the boat transfer schedule.
Hippos cannot reach Nankoma Island, but they can be spotted along the mainland.
Ride along the shore looking for hippo families in their wild environment outside the park boundaries. Combine this with a sunset cruise or a boat trip around the islands upon return.
Named after a frequent visitor to the island, the African bee-eater.
All packages are inclusive of meals prepared by a team of Malawian Chefs at Blue Zebra Island Lodge.
Creatively inspired by international cuisine, with a touch of Malawi:
The menu is prepared around seasonal foods and catered to all dietary requirements. Advance request should be given for special requirements, given that it may be difficult to get some ingredients to the island.
Enjoy a continental buffet with hot-breakfast to order; select a 2-course lunch & 3-course dinner from a set menu presented daily.
Breakfast: 6.30 to 10.00
Lunch: 12.00 to 14.00
Dinner: 18:30 to 20:30
The restaurant can seat 40 guests. Guests may opt for a poolside lunch or a private evening dining experience at the sunset lounge or Nankoma Beach.
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 10
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Watersports
Tongole Wilderness Lodge | Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Tongole Wilderness Lodge is an exciting new eco-tourism venture deep within the pristine woodlands of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Our vision was to create a stunning luxury wilderness lodge with first-class accommodation, food, service and safari activities that will delight our guests. The long-term aim is to benefit the local communities and the conservation of the abundant wildlife through sustainable tourism. The lodge has created significant training and employment opportunities in a deprived part of the country and with it has brought hope and pride in the area.
Built with a vision of sustainability, the luxury safari lodge is fully eco-friendly. Both electricity and hot water are produced by solar energy.
The riverside suites are perfectly designed to comfortably accommodate two adults. Two of the riverside suites are equipped with super king sized double bed and the other two feature twin beds, which can be easily joined to create a super king if required.
All rooms are en-suite with a spacious shower, twin marble basins, flushable lavatory and a large hand-built sunken bath, doubling as a plunge-pool ‘with a view’!
Every room has a fantastic wooden deck area offering stunning views over the river and forest; the perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful moment with nature.
Crafted by locals using the same distinctive red earth and rock upon which Tongole stands, the riverside family cottage has two bedrooms and a spacious lounge and deck area.
In addition to a second bedroom, the cottage provides plenty of extra communal space and is therefore ideal for a family or two couples travelling together.
24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
The Nkhotakota Wildife Reserve is home to over 280 species of bird. Classified as an ‘Important Bird Area’ by Birdlife International, the region is filled with a spectacular variety.
Take a gentle stroll through the woodlands or embark on a more strenuous mountain hike!
Meet the local Malawian community.
For a different kind of experience take a guided excursion to the meet the local community.
Camp under a star-lit sky.
Tongole offers its guests one-night or two-night fly camping trips within the Nkhotakota reserve.
Relax by the river...
Enjoy superb fly fishing and freshwater fishing the whole year round on the banks of the beautiful Bua River.
Explore by river.
The Tongole eco-lodge sits on the picturesque banks of the Bua River. Drift along the river on a relaxing canoe safari and enjoy a true wilderness.
Explore the reserve on foot, on water or on a relaxing drive.
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 6
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Fishing, Gourmet, Hiking, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Kumbali Country Lodge | Lilongwe
Kumbali Country Lodge boasts everything you could expect from a nature reserve lodge and much more besides. It is one of the most tranquil alternatives to a Malawi hotel that you will find anywhere.
Plump pillows and refined decor await you. Should you require anything our Room Service will deliver it straight up, allowing you time for rest and relaxation.
Instead of the concrete jungle, you can gaze out at a forest reserve idyll, sipping on a gin and tonic whilst watching the African sun set in the distance.
With a queen bed and optional twin or extra beds, private khonde, fridge, satellite television, en-suite bath & shower, coffee table and chairs, tea & coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access.
With a queen bed and optional twin or extra beds, private khonde, fridge, satellite television, en-suite bath & shower, tea & coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access, dining table & chairs, lounge suite seating area.
With a queen bed, private khonde, satellite television, en-suite shower, working desk & chair, tea & coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access.
With two twin beds and optional third, private khonde, fridge, satellite television, en-suite bath & shower, coffee table and chairs, tea & coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access.
With a queen bed, large khonde shared between 2 rooms, satellite television, en-suite shower, coffee table and seating area, tea & coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access. Room on a higher level not suitabe for those who have difficulty with stairs.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Foreign Exchange
Mvuu Lodge | Liwonde National Park
Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water in an area of captivating variety and beauty. It has an extensive wildlife library and telescope to make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that moves around the river. Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomises the large numbers of pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. In this lush and fertile area, an excellent diversity of animals can be seen.
Accommodation comprises eight luxury tents, one of which is a romantic honeymoon suite. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities and its own deck built to look over the water. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area and a swimming pool.
Activities include boat safaris, nature walks, treks & trails birding, and traditional game drives by day and night. No visit to Mvuu is complete without a visit to one of the villages on its boundaries to experience authentic African village life.
Mvuu Lodge - Standard Tents
There are eight standard tents which consist of seven twin bedded tents and one honey moon tent with a double bed and bath.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Library, Pool, Restaurant
Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Outside Shower, Shower
This trail which covers an approximate distance of 30km over the course of two and a half days, offers many interesting features and sights and hikers can expect to see a variety of the park’s resident species. The distance may vary depending on game movements and local conditions. The terrain is occasionally challenging and as this is essentially a bush walk, it will involve constant stopping to learn about tracks, habitats, birds and wildlife.
*Price available on request
These game drives are a great way to explore Liwonde National Park and experience its diverse selection of habitats and wildlife. During the day visit the sanctuary and the surrounding area to see sable, kudu, eland, zebra, waterbuck, impala, warthog, rhino and elephant. Enjoy 'sundowners' on the banks of the beautiful Shire River while watching kingfishers diving for fish, before embarking on a night drive to discover hyaena, owls, civets, genets, and various species of mongoose.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Shire River while on one of Central African Wilderness Safaris’ river cruises. Intimate encounters with elephant are a hallmark of this fantastic experience which enables you to get very close to these huge, majestic animals. Sip sundowners while listening to the snorts and bellows emanating from the many hippo pods scattered along the banks of the river, before witnessing striking sunsets over the river.
Get closer to the wildlife of Liwonde National Park with a visit to Mvuu's water level wildlife hide. Watch as a variety of antelope, elephants and other species come to the waterhole to drink, just meters in front of you.
This activity is subject to availability.
Take a boat across the river, jump on a bike, and cycle 30 minutes to Nanthomba School. Experience first hand the pressures faced by both local people and Liwondes fragile ecosystems, as you cycle through villages situated along the parks boundaries. Once at Nanthomba School be inspired by the teachers and students of this incredible community project, and learn how NGO's such as HELP Malawi and Children in the Wilderness are helping to transform local communities and alleviate poverty by providing quality education to the children of rural Malawi.
This activity is subject to availability.
*Price is available on request.
Discover the intricate relationships between animals and their habitats with a guided bush walk. Find out more about insects and other smaller inhabitants of the park, while learning about trees and plants, their medicinal properties and how they are used by local communities. This walk enables you to venture off the beaten track and observe Liwonde’s diversity of wildlife with minimal disturbances.
Liwonde National Park offers some of the best birding in Malawi. With over 400 species of bird listed within the park, Liwonde is a birders paradise, with an incredible variety of migrants arriving during rainy season. Specials include Brown-breasted Barbet, Böhm's Bee-eater, African skimmer and Livingstone's fly-catcher.
Birding is incorporated into the daily game activities.
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 8
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Indigenous Culture / Art, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife