CHELINDA LODGE – NYIKA NATIONAL PARK – NORTHERN MALAWI

Chelinda Lodge offers spacious log cabins with weeping views over Nyika’s rolling grasslands which are often dotted with large herds of roan, eland and zebra. A pocket of hagenia woodland and forest perfectly shelters this idyllic, upland camp.

Activities include game drives to discover the wildlife of the park, informative walks, birding, and mountain biking. Visiting Chelinda Lodge is an exciting component to any visit to Malawi! 

LOCATION

Chelinda Lodge is located on the Nyika Plateau within the Nyika National Park in northern Malawi.

Access is either by self-drive – the distance is approximately 560km allow 8-10 hours from Lilongwe. Alternatively there are light aircraft charters flight from Lilongwe to Chelinda Airstrip and the lodge is approximately 25 minutes’ drive.

LODGE

Chelinda Lodge has just eight warm log cabins made of pine with fireplace, en-suite bathroom and an upstairs viewing area, or room for accompanying children. Two chalets are joined to form an interconnected family unit.

Elevated wooden walkways link the cabins to the main building with outside deck for sundowners, dining around a fireplace and comfortable lounge area for quiet reflection or conversation.

ACTIVITIES

Livingstonia Trail Hike – this has to be one of the most exhilarating hikes in Africa and is open to groups of between 4 and 8. The Livingstonia Trail is by far the most popular hiking trail on Malawi’s unique Nyika Plateau, its route running from Chelinda in the heart of the plateau to the famous Livingstonia Mission on the Khondowe plateau on the eastern edge of the plateau overlooking Lake Malawi. The Livingstonia Trail is a two-night/three-day hike comprising approximately six hours walking per day.

Mountain biking – on Nyika National Park is an exhilarating way to explore the montane grasslands, get close up to wildlife and take in some of the parks stunning scenery. A range of mountain bike trails have been created to suit all levels of fitness. More information regarding individual trails (distance, duration, elevation etc) can be found under the ‘documentation’ tab of the Chelinda Lodge i Brochure.

Birding – Nyika National Park contains over 400 species of bird, and and acts as an important refuge for range restricted species such as Black-lored and Churring cisticolas, Chapin’s Apalis, Blue Swallow, Jackson’s Pipit, Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, Yellow-browed Seedeater and Montane Widowbird. Nyika is also home to a number of endemic subspecies, such as Red-winged Francolin , Baglafecht Weaver and Rufous-naped Lark. Although a multitude of incredible bird species can be found in Nyika all year round, early summer (October and November), when the plateau is still fairly dry at the end of winter, is probably the best time for birding, as breeding activity is at its peak in the forests and grasslands and there is an influx of migratory species.

Day and evening game drives – Nyika National Park is home to a wealth of animal species and a game drive with one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides will allow you to see and learn about the incredible diversity of wildlife that inhabit this incredible region of Malawi. During the day you will be able to get close to large herds of various antelope species across the rolling grasslands such as eland, roan and zebra, while also stopping at patches of forest and water sources to marvel at the incredible birdlife. During the evening, game drives offer guests the chance to view many of Nyika’s more nocturnal species such as leopard, serval and hyena.

Fishing – ‘Catch and release’ fishing is available in any of the three dams situated close to Chelinda. These areas offer the perfect location to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Nyika National Park, while trying to catch some of the many Rainbow Trout that can be found within the dams. Rods are available for hire and licenses can be purchased at additional cost.

Sangwala Trail Hike – the Sangwala Trail is a three-day trek that spans across 43kms of lush montane grasslands and woodlands. “Sangwala,” the name of the trail is derived from a combination of the names of the two overnight camps – Sangule & Zungwala. 

GIVING BACK

CHELINDA LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OLDER. 

PRIVATE ACTIVITIES NEED TO BE BOOKED FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 – 12 YEARS.

MINIMUM AGE FOR WALKING IS 13 YEARS

Call +44 1984 667420 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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