- The ultimate way to savour Lake Malawi, Nkwichi’s ‘Lake of Stars’ Bed’ is a unique and unforgettable experience.
- As well as the softest sand on the lake and crystal clear freshwater, Nkwichi offers hundreds of kilometers of pristine Miombo woodland as a backdrop. Pure undisturbed wilderness from lake to beach to bush.
- With no light pollution for many miles around, Nkwichi’s beach is perfect for stargazing. Gazing at the stars while sitting around a campfire inevitably leads to everybody sharing stories
- Canoe in the Lake and discover the beautiful bays.
- Swim in the inviting fresh water of Lake Niassa.
- Snorkel in Lake Niassa which has over half the world’s cichlids swimming in its clear waters.
- Delicious meals on the beach.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
The crystal-clear freshwater of Africa’s most bio-diverse lake awaits you – explore secluded bays, untouched beaches, towering monoliths and an underwater world of wonder.
- Paddle and play in pristine fresh-water
- Snorkel safari through a world of brilliantly-coloured tropical fish
- Canoe along the magical Rift Valley shoreline
- Watch the world go by in a sunset dhow cruise
- Savour fishing trips in a traditional dug-out
The magic of the Lake of Stars. As the sun slips gently across the water, highlighting the distant mountains of Malawi, a thick band of orange gives way to blue. The first flickering of an African night sky heralds a gallery of cascading shooting stars. Fireflies glitter in the trees, the fire crackles by your feet and sense of timelessness drifts through your mind.
- The Lake of Stars as never before from Nkwichi’s unique Star Bed
- Sun-downers with the first flickering of twilight
- Romantic dinners on secluded beaches
- Night cruises under a canopy of starlight
- Uncovering the universe’s secrets through the lens of a telescope
Follow in the steps of our local guides and catch a rare glimpse into the customs and culture of the Nyanja tribe, the ever-friendly ‘People of the Lake’ and the real stars of Lake Malawi. Explore traditional village life and experience cultural events, such as the Manda Wilderness Dug-out Canoe Races and Gospel Choir Festivals which help bring the community, and its visitors, together.
- Experience the warm welcome of village life
- Encounter traditional dances beneath towering mango trees
- Feel the melodies and rhythm of African choirs at sunset
- Marvel at the work of the area’s exceptional carvers, weavers and potters
Explore the hidden wonders of the ancient Rift Valley landscape, from panoramic vistas to idyllic waterfalls and soaring Baobab trees. Through the eyes of one of Nkwichi’s qualified, local guides, discover one of Africa’s last unspoiled pieces of paradise.
- Hike along the rugged coastline of one of Africa’s oldest paths
- Picnic under a 2000-year-old Baobab
- Track game through pristine woodland
- Visit villages in timeless surroundings
- Get a Fish Eagle’s eye-view of the lake from spectacular viewpoints
More than a lodge, Nkwichi (Africa’s best kept secret) is a a halcyon paradise offering a unique taste of Africa with exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquillity. Eight secluded and pristine beaches set on 4 km of Rift Valley coastline embrace Nkwichi lodge in the perfect setting to discover a lost world; a fresh-water oasis and an Africa untouched. Nkwichi Lodge lies on the velvety sand shores of the Mozambique shoreline at one of the most beautiful points on Lake Malawi. It has been carefully designed to provide comfort and privacy for guests. With a maximum of only 14 people staying at Nkwichi, the lodge can offer guests the highest levels of service in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The beach on the shores of the lake with its fine, white sand is the central feature at the heart of the lodge. Nkwichi prides itself on practicing responsible tourism. By staying at the lodge guests are contributing to nature and the development of the community.
Add the opportunity to drift off under the celestial skies on one of the Lake of Stars beds and you’ve got the makings of a pretty perfect night. There are three Star Bed spots, including one on a deserted beach, where the staff will rustle up dinner before leaving you to luxuriate in your lovely, large bed-on-the-beach (don’t worry, princess-worthy mosquito nets come as standard).
There are six chalets and two houses at Nkwichi Lodge. The chalets are located far enough apart and tucked into the trees to provide privacy. Each one is designed differently with their own unique characteristics. Some are built around rocks and trees surrounding the chalet. All of them are spacious attracting the breezes from the lake under the shady thatched roofs. The central feature in each chalet is the enormous, 4-poster bed, made of old tree trunks and covered in a beautifully crafted white mosquito net. There are also two houses with two en-suite bedrooms and plenty of room for families or small groups to be secluded from the rest of the lodge, meals can either be provided by a personal chef in the house or guests can join the main dining room of the lodge.
KUYA has a convenient location hidden amongst the trees that border the main beach! This chalet is named after the cormorants that can be seen from the veranda, and it is the perfect place to sit back and relax, listening to the gentle sounds of waves lapping the lakeshore. Kuya is a tranquil chalet with a clever design, incorporating the natural rock and branching trees as part of its impressive structure. The chalet is all on one level, with an en-suite toilet – perfect for easy access. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet and is completely outdoors. This chalet works well for families with younger children as there is ample space for 1 or 2 extra single beds.
N I A S S A , simply named after the lake itself because of its beautiful setting, has the most magnificent design. Niassa’s unique and spacious structure is built on a natural rock face with the main feature an impressive flight of steps leading up to a platform on which the large four-poster bed is set. The location has the perfect mix of seclusion, with a romantic private dining area in a clearing under some trees, and proximity to the main beach. The bathroom is tucked away behind the chalet and the toilet is located in a separate little hut next to the chalet.
SCOTLANDI, with its own private beach and idyllic site on the Lake, is our most secluded chalet, perfect for the ultimate private wilderness experience. Scotland was named by the staff of Nkwichi, after a Scottish volunteer who spent some time here. Scotland’s exceptional open plan design is split between two levels and takes full advantage of the fabulous views which look out across the lush vegetation to the lakeshore. The outdoor shower and bath provide lovely views of the surrounding bush. The toilet is located in a separate hut next to the main chalet. Scotland provides a fantastic location to relax in private luxury, deep in remote Mozambique.
NKWAZI means African Fish Eagle, and this impressive bird of prey is often seen on the tree in front of the veranda. The setting is truly magical, surrounded by the lake on two sides and with your pwn private Venus beach – perfect for sun-downer drinks watching the sunset over the lake, and romantic candle-lit meals for two under the stars. To ensure you can enjoy this enchanting location from your chalet, 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 grand four-poster bed. Even the bathroom has been designed with honeymoons in mind – with a floodlit, heart-shaped bath for two on the lakeshore.
KAKOA is named after the White Egret, which can often be seen fishing in the waters in front of the chalet. Kakoa has a secluded location with its own private access to the beach and is just a short walk from the main beach. Complete with its own dining area, bathroom under the stars and even a hidden cave tucked away in the bush, this intimate chalet, with outstanding views looking out on to Lake Niassa, is a favourite with guests – providing a feeling of complete serenity with a truly unique African bush experience.
MAKOLO HOUSE – 1 double + 1 twin (4 beds) Makolo House offers the ultimate private retreat, located deep in the African bush. Hidden from view amongst the trees the house overlooks the lakeshore and offers complete peace and relaxation. The house is cleverly designed using natural local materials and has two en- suite bedrooms (1 Twin & 1 Double) with a high thatched roof providing a great 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 ten minute walk from the main lodge – where you can take full advantage of all the facilities.
‘LAKE OF STARS’ BED – One of Africa’s most unique experiences, Nkwichi’s star-bed is the best way to enjoy the Lake of Stars. Nestled on your private rock island archipelago, a deserted beach or high above on a mountain viewpoint, gaze up to a star-filled sky while the flow and ebb of water and the cry of distant animals serenades you to sleep. Gently awaken to panoramic views of dawn stirring the lakeshore to life and enjoy a picnic breakfast in a stunning location.
The Lakeshore Deck is a popular place to have breakfast each morning, sitting under the shade of the enormous fig tree eating fresh mangos and homemade muesli whilst gazing out across the blue water. Food and venue need never be the same – so guests can pick a different place for lunch and dinner each day if they wish.
With delicious fish served fresh from the lake and a variety of vegetables, salads and fruit from our organic farm, natural, sumptuous meals are freshly prepared each day by our team of trained, local chefs. Tantalize your palate at a number of exquisite settings of your choice, from picnicking on pure-white beaches to dining under the starry night-sky.