Tongole Wilderness Lodge

TONGOLE WILDERNESS LODGE - nkhotakota wildlife reserve

an exceptional wilderness experience in the breathtaking miombo woodland

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is a new and exciting eco-lodge nestled deep within the pristine woodlands of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. This is a unique opportunity to explore what is possibly Malawi’s one remaining unexploited natural environments.

Tongole is the only high-end lodge in the reserve and its luxurious accommodation and attractive riverside location on the banks of the Bua River makes it a charming and popular choice.

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Look out for...

  • Elephants drinking and playing by the Bua River
  • Diverse birdlife
  • Buffalo, leopards, hippos, lions, bush pigs, dwarf mongoose, blue monkeys, spotted hyenas and bushbucks
Responsible travel

The Tongole Wilderness Lodge is passionate about sustainable tourism and through its development has created significant employment opportunities in a deprived part of the country.

The lodge has been fundamental in setting up a children’s education charity, The Tongole Foundation, which currently supports three local schools with long-term plans to include more.

The Tongole Foundation is helping to bring hope and pride to the local community through education, employment and training and as a result encourage support for the protection of the beautiful Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

Good combined with...
 Its central location means Tongole combines perfectly with:

  • A northern Malawi circuit, including Nyika National Park and a Lake Malawi lodge
  • A southern Malawi circuit with Liwonde National Park or Majete Wildlife Reserve and a lakeside lodge
  • OR a South Luangwa safari in Zambia, a wilderness experience at Tongole and ending with a lake retreat.

Please contact us for ideas or recommendations.


Accommodation at Tongole Wilderness Lodge includes four beautiful suites which blend in perfectly with their surroundings on the banks of the Bua River. Guests can enjoy a private panoramic view over the river and forest from the raised wooden decked area integral to each of the spacious rooms.

For families or bigger groups, Tongole offers a luxury two-bedroom cottage with a king-size double and twin bedroom (or double if required). The cottage has a large lounge and decked area providing plenty of private space in which to relax together.

Rooms are all equipped with an en-suite bathroom providing hot running water and large sunken baths ‘with a view’!


Bird safaris
The lodge's location on the banks of Bua River means that birdlife is abundant.

Explore the bush with an experienced guide.

Chipata mountain hike
Enjoy the spectacular views over the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

Canoe down the Bua River and take pleasure in the diverse wildlife on the way.

Relax by the river and enjoy a spot of fly fishing or freshwater fishing.

Game drives
Take a gentle drive through the reserve.

Armchair game viewing!
Relax in comfort at the lodge and wait for the elephants to visit for a drink.


Tongole Wilderness Lodge can be accessed from Lilongwe International Airport either by road or chartered aircraft to the new air strip just a few minutes drive from the lodge.

Guest areas

Chipata deck – overlooks the forest with Chipata mountain as the backdrop.
Bua deck – observe the elephants cool down in the river.
Main deck – watch the sunrise over the treetops.
Kachenga deck – enjoy dinner under the stars.





  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Four great decked areas from which you’ll always get the perfect view!
  • Electricity
  • Hot running water


  • Prepare for a busy day with a continental or hot breakfast.
  • Enjoy a fantastic lunch menu; home-baked chicken pies are the speciality!
  • Relax with afternoon tea.
  • Indulge in a mouth-watering four-course dinner!




  • Wildlife and birdlife enthusiasts
  • Honeymooners
  • Couples
  • Families


"A beautiful weekend. Great food, wonderful :) hospitality, chalets and bath amazing. Thank you."
Mark and Angela Sprong

"A really fantastic weekend. A very relaxing time with great food. Thank you to all the staff."
Rob, Angela and Gina Kilner

"Many, many thanks to Donna, Stephen and all staff for a few days of absolute paradise."
Pam & Jane

"Awesome in every sense of the word. Thank you Donna, Stephen and all of the wonderful staff. Amazing food and hospitality. Loved the rooms and decks and birdlife."
John and Les Sprowson

"A most enjoyable stay. This place is lovely. Made all the better by the amazing staff, headed up by Stephan and Donna! Thank you!!!"

"I hoped for a great 5 days but got an amazing 5 days. Thank you so much. Not a bad thing to say."
Marielle Lenaars

"Truly above our expectations. We now feel and know what it is to be treated like royalty. The warmth is just in step with the amenities - brilliant.
Rui and Mina Francisco

"We're leaving at least a stone heavier, very relaxed and reluctantly! Tongole is a totally magical place and we've enjoyed every minute here. Your team made us feel right at home. Hope to come again in 2014!"
Zoe, Cleo, Alan and Debbie

"I did not want to leave Tongole! It was truly wonderful."

"This is my first trip to Malawi. It has been an amazing experience to come to Tongole Park, my first to a game park. Would like to come back again with my wife. 5 star experience."
Dipesh Patel

"This was my third time here and it could never be better! - Fantastic."
Saniya Patel

"Lovely place with the most welcoming staff and friendly services, will be coming back."

"Wonderful hosts, delicious food and charming staff. Many thanks to all."
Colin and Sue