Long before people arrived on the shores around Nkwichi, the bush was abundant with animal and plant life. Today, through wise management and sustainable practices, that holds true.
Whilst relaxing on the beach, paddling along the shore or simply sitting at the breakfast table, the fish eagle’s call is ever present. It’s normal to see this beautiful bird swoop down and snatch a fish from the lake. Your guide will pick edible mushrooms the size of dinner plates or use the leaves of the horn pod tree to rouse a common duiker in the same manner that his fathers’ fathers did.
With your local guide you can 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.
You can experience the warmth of village life, encounter traditional dances beneath towering mango trees, feel the melodies and rhythm of African choirs at sunset, and dazzle of the work of the area’s outstanding potters.
Nkwichi is entwined in the fabric of local life by the lake; you get a 5-star experience and leave with the indelible imprint of an authentic Africa in your heart. There are 6 chalets and 2 houses.
The chalets are equipped with mosquito nets, outside area, outdoor bath and shower and en-suite bathroom. You can bathe outside under the tree canopy in complete privacy. Some of the bathtubs have been carved from the natural rock. Out in front of the chalets is a thatch-covered veranda with comfortable armchairs and hammocks to rest. They are individually blended into the tree line to sustain the natural setting and keep each chalet private. Each chalet is unique and incorporates the surrounding trees and rocks into its design.
For an even more deluxe experience for your family or friends, you can rent either Makolo House or Songea House. Makolo House, with its high thatched ceilings and upstairs platform, has two en-suite bedrooms and private access to the lake for swimming. Accommodation is provided in an upstairs room with its own balcony with views of the lake as well as in a separate chalet with an en-suite bathroom.
Dinner is a moveable feast and each night you dine in a different location. It can be served on the beach, under the stars or in your private chalet. Nkwichi Lodge operates its own “kitchen garden” where fresh vegetables are grown to serve you during a day. Also local farmers grown fruits and vegetables are supplied to Nkwichi restaurant each day.
Evening gatherings take place in the sunken lounge. The deck on the lake shore is a peaceful place for meals, sundowners and just hanging around in a hammock on an idle afternoon.
The crystal-clear freshwater of Africa’s most bio-diverse lake awaits you – explore secluded bays, intact beaches, towering steles and an underwater world of wonder.
You can paddle and play in pristine fresh-water, snorkel safari through a world of brilliantly-colored tropical fish, canoe along the magical Rift Valley shoreline, watch the world go by in a sunset dhow cruise, savor fishing trips in a traditional dug-out and enjoy many other breathtaking activities.
This freshwater lake makes up about a third of Malawi’s total area, but what a third that is. The Lake of Stars is also known as Calendar Lake (360 miles long, 52 miles wide) and has wildlife and exotic plants and flowers in abundance. If you’re feeling more active, there’s also a full range of water sports, including diving.