You probably wouldn’t be alone in thinking that the African bush isn’t the place for a luxury retreat. However, you also wouldn’t be alone in being mistaken! Malawi has experienced a growth in foreign interest because of its natural beauty and diverse wildlife, and as such is now home to some incredibly luxurious hotels-right in the bush! Here are our picks for the top 4 luxury bush lodges in Malawi:
Also see our picks for the Best Hotels Around Lake Malawi
Chelinda Lodge is an excellent choice for anyone visiting Nyika National Park. Incorporated into the Wilderness Safaris group in 2012, Chelinda Lodge boasts eight exclusive luxury eco-lodges, fine dining and incredible views of Nyika National Park. Each cabin was built with pine and stone, features a large ensuite bathroom, wood burning fireplace, second floor seating area and private balcony for optimal wildlife viewing. Each cabin possesses a rich, rustic elegance that you won’t find in another hotel in Malawi.
The expert staff caters to your every need. With home-style meals and turndown service, it’s easy to get spoiled here. Near the lodge is Chelinda Camp — a great option for the independent nature lover who wants the tranquility of nature with all necessary creature comforts nearby. It has four chalets complete with kitchen, dining area and bathroom. Chelinda Camp looks over a scenic dam and is just a five-minute walk down a path from the main lodge reception area.
Price range: $325 –$550, all-inclusive rates (vary seasonally)
The Tongole Safari Lodge isn’t your average eco-friendly hotel. It also has architectural appeal and all the comforts of a five-star hotel including luxurious riverside cottages, private balconies and large bathrooms with soaking tubs.
Breezy and serene, the tree house-style lobby and dining area is both functional and striking. Rich wooden accents and a warm color scheme give this lodge a refined look. The tranquility of the forest, lavish guestrooms and fine dining make Tongole the ultimate couple’s retreat.
Price range: $275 – $345 per night, depending on the season (includes all meals, drinks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, game viewing activities, fishing and park fees)
Situated on the banks of the Shire River is the lovely Mvuu Lodge. Mvuu means “hippo” in the native Chichewa language, which is a name that alludes to the thriving hippo population that lives in the park. Operated by one of Africa’s leading safari groups for the last 30 years, Wilderness Safaris, Mvuu Lodge has everything you need to optimize game viewing — even an open-air reception area with views of the Shire River.
Here, you can spot crocs, hippos and birds without having to move a muscle. All eight luxurious guest chalets are private and superbly decorated. Who said you have to rough it in the bush?
Each chalet comes with an ensuite bathroom, private deck overlooking the water, and custom handmade furniture. Another great (an less expensive) option is the nearby Mvuu Camp.
Price range: $360 – $540 per person, per night (include meals, guided game viewing, activities and laundry)
This boutique-style luxury lodge is the finest accommodation in the Majete Wildlife Reserve. First-class facilities include eight gorgeous bush chalets with private decks and an impressive lobby/dining area decorated with original artwork and handmade furniture.
As part of the Robin Pope Safaris brand, Mkulumadzi Lodge has a pristine record for customer satisfaction and exceptional game viewing. Visitors enjoy seclusion and tranquility amidst splendid natural surroundings.
Sounds of grunting hippos, chirping birds and a roaring river are the symphony of your stay — it really doesn’t get any better than this.
Price range: $306 – $378 per person, per night depending on the season (rate includes all meals, afternoon tea, bar drinks, laundry, game drives, river cruises and escorted hikes)
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A special thanks to the Malawi Tourism Board.