Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Luxury eco-friendly lodge in Nkhotokota Wildlife Reserve

Stay a while in Malawi, the place of the great lake, but also the place of the awe-inspiring 1800 square km Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve where your safari holiday begins in the only world-class luxury eco-lodge here, Tongole Wilderness Lodge, on the banks of the beautiful Bua River. 

Imagine being in the middle of nowhere with only canvas walls separating you from the wilderness. Imagine knowing that a lion or hyena is roaming somewhere out there while you safely snuggle in an enormous bed with soft cotton linens. Make this your reality when you stay for 3 or more nights at the Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Malawi, perfectly located between Zambia and Mozambique in the heart of the private Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. 

Set your own agenda in this magnificent wilderness and choose to canoe up the meandering Bua River, follow bush trails with your trusted guide, gaze at the stars from your locally created sunken bathtub and spacious shower or sip Malawian coffee on your private deck.  Tongole Wilderness Safari Lodge is a heavenly safari lodge known by few and loved by all and will be one of the best experiences of your life. Imagine four-course meals every night, in the dining locations that you chose. 

Unforgettable views from the lodge sometimes zone in on baboons, vervet monkeys, crocodiles and elephants in the lush lodge setting.  Each evening security walked us back to our room in the dark. Appreciate the many little touches that make your safari extra special – a blazing bonfire for atmospheric storytelling evenings, surprising hot water bottles in beds after game drives and hot clean towels after every game viewing activity. 

Passionate guides share their intricate knowledge about the reserve and the trees, plants and animals, identifying animal spoor and droppings, tree species and bird calls. Voyage2Africa can tailor make your special package to Tongole in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve with a jaunt to Lake Malawi too. 



Set deep in the heart of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, hugging the forest-clad banks of the magnificent Bua River is Tongole Wilderness Lodge, an eco-friendly holiday destination in Malawi for discerning travellers in search of a relaxing bush retreat in pristine wilderness. Tongole suits travellers with an environmental conscience who want to contribute to conservation, community empowerment and good ecotourism businesses. 

Relax in luxurious, open-plan suites with breathtaking views over the beautiful Bua River, all elevated on timber decks and created from natural red soils, rock and thatch to blend in with their natural surroundings. 

Tongole Wilderness Lodge features four luxury riverside suites and a beautiful two-bedroom family cottage. Treat yourself to a wallow in the hand-crafted sunken bath every evening as the sun sets then get up early to watch the day break from your private deck. The lodge is supplied with 240v power and hot running water generated by the solar-powered system and backup generator. Guests are normally too relaxed to feel the need to log on but Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge if needed! 

Tongole offers a delightful varied menu and dining locations for fun with meals and nutritious interludes to get to know fellow guests. Unique one-of-a-kind one- or two-night fly camps add to your bushveld immersion experiences so do try these breaks beside the river and go canoeing, flyfishing and birding. It is picture-perfect and completely serene so if you want to indulge in pure nature with luxury this is the spot for you. See plenty of antelopes including Sable, Bushbuck and Klipspringer. 

This is the ideal base for your Malawi safari so contact us today to book and experience the Warm Heart of Malawi Package tour with your family! 

Amazing Holiday Packages including Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Guests on a safari game drive going past a herd of elephants
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Best of Malawi safari package

12 Nights
Discover luxurious safari lodges and camps in nature with all the mod cons you need on our favourite Malawi tour that merges three of the country’s best parks and reserves into one awe-inspiring 10-night package tour. Feel the warm beating […]

From $385



  • Scintillating wildlife experiences 
  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Birding, fly-fishing
  • Fly-camping, canoeing
  • Cultural experiences
  • Motor boat safaris


  • Rustic chic accommodation
  • All meals
  • Teas and coffees, local brand beverages
  • Laundry services
  • All game viewing activities including guided nature walks; canoeing, fly fishing
  • Park fees. 

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds at Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Malawi
that include this property


  • 4 x free-standing, open-fronted chalets & 1x 2 bedroomed family cottage
  • En-suite bathrooms with showers, large hand-built sunken baths which double as a plunge pools ‘with a view’
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Curio shop
  • Private airstrip


  • Breathtaking setting on the Bua River visited often by elephants and baboons
  • Award-winning eco-friendly safari lodge created from the region’s red earth, local natural rock, wood and thatch 
  • The only upmarket lodge in the Reserve – intimate and friendly, Malawi inspired and intending to create a lasting, upmarket impression
  • Family-friendly open-plan suites with sunken handmade baths and raised timber decks, reflecting a sustainable living ethos.

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