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“5 star service in the ultimate wilderness environment” 5 of 5 stars
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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota, Malawi   |  
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“5 star service in the ultimate wilderness environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Just returned from an 8 night stay at Tongole Wilderness Lodge. I can only say how amazing the whole experience was.
The Lodge is 45 minutes from the nearest tarmac road and yet we could have been staying in a 5* London Hotel; the service was so good and the menu was comparable as well.
The room (and there are only 4!) looked out over the beautiful river Bua, what a fantastic view to wake up to! Everything you need is in the room, great shower facilities, sunken spa bath, electrics (limited) and an awesome king size bed with the biggest mosquito net you could ever imagine!
Typically we spent mornings walking the river and the bush in search of wild life, ably looked after by Zane, Shy and Chris (Ranger), had lunch back at the Lodge and then took in sundowners in the canoes with some fishing thrown in as well!!!!
We may not have seen herds of elephants etc but what we did see had probably never been in contact with tourists before!
One day we took a ride out to a local school and saw over 800 children being looked after by just 9 teachers!! The amazing thing was that both children and teachers we so happy and thrilled that we had been to visit them (bought them so footballs and pens/ books as a thank you as well)
All the staff are genuinely interested in making your stay the most memorable stay ever and they certainly succeeded with us.
We were "visibly" moved to say goodbye to all at Tongole after our stay
We also had a couple of nights down by Lake Malawi in a lodge to give us an experiance of traditional a more touristic area.
All in all a real life experience, one that we would absolutely recommend and would love to repeat at some time in the future
Kevin and Teresa

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is a unique experience of absolute luxury in the middle of the Malawian jungle. The rooms are exquisitely designed and despite our initial doubts about the possibility of a comfortable nights sleep so far removed from anywhere the imported mattresses and fine linen were a real treat. The view from the room over the Bua River is spectacular – especially when you see baboons swinging in the trees! The accommodation rivals more established places on the Tripadvisor top 10 list for Boutique and Romance.

The hosts, Zane, Jo, Shai and the team created a warm and friendly environment and succeeded in tailoring our stay to give us a fantastic introduction to Africa. The early morning safari walks with our scout Chris and his in-built GPS were a real treat, but nothing could prepare us for the afternoon when he led us down-river to watch a group of elephants frolicking only a few metres from where we sat. A truly memorable experience! The days activities were rewarded with delicious meals, each served on a more picturesque and romantic deck than the last. The team behind the food preparation, service etc are the same local villagers who built the amazing structures which is a real credit to the management and it is a great pleasure to get to know them all.

We look forward to a return to Tongole for a longer stay sometime in the future.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota, Malawi
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Location: Malawi > Central Region > Nkhotakota
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Nkhotakota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover Tongole Wilderness Lodge. A luxury eco-lodge nestled deep amongst the breathtaking Miombo woodlands of the 1,800km² Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Tongole is unique in being one of only two lodges in the reserve and the only lodge to boast high-end, luxury accommodation and first class facilities. Nestled in the South East corner of Africa, sandwiched between Zambia and Mozambique: Malawi and the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve are your playground. Each experience in the wilderness is unique. Your adventure at Tongole is fully customisable. Whether a first time explorer. Or a veteran of the safari. Your escape is personally tailored to allow you to be as wild or laid back as you wish. Traverse the snaking Bua River on a canoeing adventure. Trek through the rugged wilderness bush with an expert guide. Or if that all sounds too much like hard work, relax in your suites hand-built sunken bath before enjoying a meal under the African star-lit sky. Adventure or relaxation. Whatever your desire it's waiting for you in the wilderness. ... more   less 
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Tongole Wilderness Lodge Malawi/Nkhotakota

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