Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Elephants outside one of the suites. Honeymoon in style at Tongole.
Elephants outside one of the suites.
Honeymoon in style at Tongole.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge

A luxury eco-lodge nestled deep amongst the breath-taking Miombo woodlands of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Traverse the snaking Bua River on a canoeing adventure. Trek through the rugged bush with an expert guide, whilst taking in the break-taking views over the Bua river. Relax in your suite’s hand-built sunken bath before enjoying a meal under the starlit African sky. Adventure or relaxation – whatever your desire, it’s waiting for you in the wilderness.




With just 4 riverside suites and being the only luxury lodge in the 1,800 square kilometre Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Tongole offers an unrivalled wilderness experience and complete tranquillity. Activities are flexible, allowing guests to be as adventurous or relaxed as they wish and service is attentive yet unobtrusive.

Need to Know

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is dedicated to operating the business in the most sustainable way possible and with a commitment to making a positive impact to the surrounding communities. The lodge provides significant training and employment opportunities in a very poor region of the country.


The main focus is on low environmental impact (non-motorised) river based and walking safari activities, which enable guests to fully appreciate the tranquillity of this wilderness area.

Our most popular Safari is certainly our river safari's. Guests enjoy a paddle in a canoe along the Bua River before enjoying a sundowner at a beautiful part of the river. Perfect for viewing many birds & wildlife and occasionally elephants! On foot, beautiful nature walks or longer and more strenuous hikes can be enjoyed in the reserve, accompanied by a qualified guide and scout. Cold drinks can be enjoyed along the way and breakfast/lunch or dinner can be enjoyed upon returning to the main Lodge.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Home to a vast array of mammals: elephants, monkeys, bush buck, water buck, wart hogs and an astonishing count of bird species (at present 280 have been identified). The reserve is genuinely a hidden gem for those seeking a wilderness experience in a truly unspoilt environment. Leopard, lion, hyena and buffalo are also found within the reserve, but in small numbers and due to its size and genuine wilderness are rarely seen.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

For a different kind of experience take a guided journey into the soul of Malawi. A cultural experience that will educate and complement your escapades in the wilderness.

We will take you to a local village community for an authentic experience of life in rural Malawi.

The indigenous Malawian groups have a strong tradition in the arts and crafts with a rich culture of producing basketry and woven goods.

You may have the chance to witness the making of some craft-work and the opportunity to purchase wood carvings, oil paintings and masks.

Today Malawi has no inter-ethnic friction and enjoys a safe and stable political environment. It's people are renowned for their non-violent, conservative stance and extremely friendly demeanour.

An important part of their culture is music and dance. Traditional dances can be witnessed at ceremonies, marriages and celebrations.

We can take you to the local schools that we support through the Tongole Foundation, where you can witness first hand the benefit that Tongole is having on the community.

Whatever you decide to see. Spending an afternoon at a traditional Malawian village is always a highlight of everyone's trip.


The numerous decks around the lodge offer different settings in which guests may dine or enjoy complete privacy whilst relaxing and watching the river and wildlife pass by during the day.


4 riverside suites (2 doubles and 2 twins – both twin rooms can be converted to doubles). The luxurious, open-fronted rooms situated on the banks of the Bua River blend in perfectly with the unique natural setting. There is also a luxurious family cottage, which is ideal for families or couples wanting that extra space and privacy. It has two bedrooms; one with a super-king size double bed, the other with twin/double, a spacious lounge and a private deck area overlooking the river. All rooms are built from the same red earth, rock and thatch upon which Tongole stands and incorporates the very best of local Malawian culture. Each spacious room enjoys panoramic views over the river and wilderness, offering a cool and breezy haven during the heat of the day. All the rooms possess sumptuous, super-king sized double beds or twin beds; which can also be joined seamlessly together to form a super king. Rooms are supplied with 240v power and hot running water at all times and benefit from a shower, twin marble basins, flush-loo and a large hand-built sunken bath - doubling as a mini plunge-pool ‘with a view’ during the day. Spectacular raised wooden decks afford a tranquil and private space to relax and watch the river and forest wildlife go by.


Winner of Best Ecologically Responsible Property, Best Community Focused Property and Best Value Safari Property in Malawi and runner up in the categories of Best Family Safari Experience and Best Safari Cuisine in Malawi in the 2015 Safari Awards.


Year round

Average StayAverage Stay

3-4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

International Rates (2016):
Low Season (1 January - 30 June, 1 November - 31 December) - $365 USD pppn High Season (1 July - 31 October) - $435 USD pppn

Malawi resident rates and special offers available on request.

** Single Travelers **

We are pleased to announce we do not apply a single supplement policy.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children 12yrs and older, are welcome at full adult rate. Children aged 12-16 years sharing a riverside suite as a third person pay 50% full lodge rate.
Children aged 8 years+ are welcome in the family cottage at full adult rate. Younger Children can be accepted when reserving the entire lodge.
Note: responsibility to look after children under 12 years will be by the parents.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Tongole Wilderness Lodge's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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