Nkwichi Lodge

Top choice lodge in Cóbuè

For setting, service, romance, proximity to nature and integration with the local community, Nkwichi Lodge can rival anywhere in Africa. Gracing the shores of Lake Niassa, its seven hand-crafted bungalows seem to spring naturally from the rocks and foliage, and come equipped with private outdoor baths and showers built into the bush. Several look out onto their own white-sand coves.

There are also two private houses, each with lake views, private chef, and lots of space and privacy.

The lodge lays on activities aplenty, including canoeing, multinight wilderness walking safaris, and visits to the lodge’s demonstration farm. It is linked with the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area, a privately initiated conservation area along the lakeshore that also promotes community development and responsible tourism. The surrounding bush is full of ospreys, palm-nut vultures, Pel’s fishing owls, fish eagles and 200-year-old baobab trees.

Nkwichi is only accessible by boat from Cóbuè or Likoma Island (Malawi). Transfers (45 minutes) can be arranged with reservations.