Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge

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International Price From: US$ 375 per person per night

On the wild shore of Lake Niassa, the 9th largest lake in the world, is where we built Nkwichi lodge. 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.

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.

Each chalet has a thatched veranda to cool guests from the midday sun, complete with carved armchairs and hammocks for siestas.


  • Secluded beaches
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 8 Luxury chalets


  • Canoe trails
  • Guided walks
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking safaris
  • Birding
  • Cultural tour
  • Dhow cruise
  • Local village visits
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Star-gazing
Packages that include this destination
Ibo Island Lodge Sky Bar at Sunset

Step back in time at the majestically restored Ibo Island Lodge. Explore an island of intrigue with a fascinating, history and ancient cultures. Nkwichi, a paradise hidden on the pristine Mozambican shores of Lake Malawi. More than a lodge, Nkwichi is a complete experience offering a unique taste of Africa with exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquility.

Through Malawi

Small charter plane from Lilongwe to Likoma island where Nkwichi’s boat will be waiting for you. Experience a Fish Eagle’s eye view of the lake. Transfers take 50mins and depart every day.

Through Mozambique (arriving at Cobue, a small village on the lake, where the road ends)

4×4 transfer (or self-drive) from Lichinga to Cobue where Nkwichi’s boat will be waiting on the lake shore. The drive, which takes 4 hours, is one of Africa’s most scenic drives, taking in the Rift Valley escarpment and the coastline of the lake.

GPS coordinates for Nkwichi Lodge
-11.945609,34.883177 View Map