Mkwichi Lodge is located on the wild shore of Lake Niassa, the 9th largest lake in the world. At 560km long, 80km wide and up to 700m deep, it forms the eastern border between Malawi and Mozambique.
The lake's fresh water is crystal clear and contains a greater variety of indigenous fish species of than any other lake in the world.
Nkwichi Lodge lies on the Mozambique shoreline at one of the most beautiful points on the lake. 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. The lodge provides wages for over 75 local members of staff. Their salaries support up to 15 members of their direct families. This means that by staying at the lodge you will have an impact on the lives of over a thousand people.
There are 6 chalets in total, allowing only 14 guests to sleep at the lodge at any one time. The chalets are located far enough apart 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. Each Chalet has been carefully tucked away in the tree line so that the pristine lakeshore scenery is unspoilt.
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. The sheets are freshly pressed as are your beach and bathrooms towels. Alongside bedside tables with flowers are carefully arranged by the lodge's staff. In the evenings there are electric lights in each room.
Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom cleverly designed so that you can bathe outside under the tree canopy in complete privacy. All of the bathrooms have showers hung from overhanging branches with hot and cold running water. Some have bathtubs carved out of the living rock.
Makolo House and Songea House and Chalet offer the ultimate in private retreats, located deep in the African bush, and are wonderful alternatives for family and groups of friends.
Likoma Island Tour: After breakfast guests take a launch or dhow across to Likoma Island which remains part of Malawi despite being on the Mozambique side of the lake. A guide will lead you around this interesting community showing you several places of local importance.
Snorkelling: Guests spend hours exploring the underwater world which opens up to them as they gaze below the surface and meander through the rock pools along the lakeshore. It's an enormous natural aquarium with hundreds of beautifully coloured species of fish known as cichlids. Lake Niassa has over half the world's cichlids swimming in its clear waters.
Sailing: The lodge has its own private catamaran for guests who want to take advantage of the daytime breezes that blow onshore - enjoy day trips up and down the lake visiting local communities or visit deserted sandy beaches where you can stop off for a quiet picnic and sunbathe.
Canoeing: This has to be one of the most peaceful ways of exploring the local lakeshores. The lodge has its own Canadian style canoes which are sturdy and comfortable - you can be paddled by one of the lodges guides or take out a canoe with a friend and try to spot a pair of otters playing around on the rocks or diving underwater. This is also the best way to see the lakes bird species.
Manda Wilderness Reserve and Lake Niassa safaris: A 600square km game reserve has been created in alliance with the local communities to protect the wildlife in this wilderness area. The scenery varies enormously as you move inland from the lakeshore through acacia woodland, grassy plains bordered by streams and rivers and past deep rocky gorges. Species include sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and over 300 species of birds.
The lodge dhow is ideal for expeditions on the lake north or south of Nkwichi. Accompanied by an experienced guide you will sail along the lakes stunning shoreline. There are several islands including Likoma and Chisumulu with deserted sandy beaches to stop and camp on.
Walking: The lodge is located at the foot of the escarpment in the Rift Valley. This means it only takes a few minutes to walk up behind the lodge, gain some height and look out over the lake towards Malawi. There are a number of walks with varying lengths. A guide who is able to identify the vast range of bird species can either accompany guests or you can take a map and explore the local area on your own.
Bird watching: The lake attracts a vast range of bird species. Some of these are indigenous to this part of Africa whilst numerous species pass through on their migration flights north and south each year. The lodge has several guides who are highly knowledgeable about finding and identifying the local bird species.