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Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota, Malawi
Tongole Wilderness Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A 40 minute drive through the gorgeous Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve takes you to this bastion of quality service and stunningly beautiful rooms. The most comfortable bed I have slept in for a long time and such incredible wildlife and surroundings. Stephen and Donna the managers make you feel so at home and are always one stop ahead when it comes... More 

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Lilongwe
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6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

An absolutely stunning location on the Bua river at the end of a 30km off road adventure (known locally as a Malawi massage). The accommodation, food and staff are first class and well worth the effort of getting there. Various observation decks in the main lodge give for an excellent vista as does the decked area outside the individual lodges.... More 

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Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Michael23558 for taking the time to write us a review. We are happy that you had a great time with us at Tongole Wilderness Lodge. We pride ourselves on service and cuisine and are glad you found us to be first class in these areas. We really do hope you will join us out here in the Bush... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beautiful lodge with exceptional staff. The pictures online don't do it justice. Multiple elephants around the lodge on my arrival. Truly the best service I have had at any hotel/resort. Trying to plan a repeat trip already.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Sadly we only got to spend one night here. Tongole is truly unique. We loved the design of the rooms, the wrought iron, the huge bath. The communal areas were beautifully designed and a great deal of good work is done to support the local area and communities. Stephen and Donna were extremely welcoming. We could not fault the service... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This place is absolutely stunning! The whole place is magical, nothing can be faulted. Our room was huge and beautiful and we loved waking up to elephants munching close by! The food was exceptional as was the guiding and all staff were wonderful. Donna and Stephen (the managers) could not have been more attentive. We enjoyed all our activities which... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

WOW! Our stay at Tongole was a highlight of our African trip and exceeded all our expectations. The story behind the lodge is inspirational and the Tongole foundation continues to make a positive impact on the local community. During our stay we were fortunate enough to visit one of the local schools supported by the Tongole Foundation to see the... More 

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Blantyre, Malawi
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Stayed at Tongole in August 2014 and all I can say is - wow, what a place! For a start, the construction of the lodge is absolutely jaw-dropping. The viewing deck at the top of the spiral staircase allows for vast, expansive views over the reserve as far as the eye can see. I thought the viewing deck at Liwonde... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Stayed at Tongole in Aug 2014, Donna and Steve made my daughter and myself so welcome and at home. Food was so good and perhaps some of the best I have ever had. Lodge rooms and bar/dining area were superb too. This is truly and birders or scenic paradise and would recommend a stay if you are in Malawi.

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Dundee Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Having travelled too many corners of the world, and stayed in some fabulous hotels and lodges, I have at last found the place the ticks every box, and I do mean every box. Tongole Wilderness Lodge is a fabulous place. Donna and Stephen are a lovely couple, perfectly matched, and the most gracious of hosts. Let's start - Arrival -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Stayed for a couple of brilliant nights, such a peaceful and beautiful location. A real sense of luxury in the the wilderness. Amazing staff run by Stephen and Donna, the whole stay is tailored to your own personal requirements. It's your individual retreat. A really romantic venue, recommended highly for couples to enjoy the river views and the relaxation. Superb... More 

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