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“great food in an amazing location” 4 of 5 stars
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Ntchisi Forest Lodge
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PO Box 1517 | Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Malawi   |  
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“great food in an amazing location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

The lodge is located about two hours north of Lilongwe. It is easy to get there although some of the way is along dirt roads. During the rainy season you may need a 4 WD vehicle.
The couple who runs the lodge are very friendly and you will find at home very easily. The food is superb, most of the ingredients come from their own vegetable garden or from local farmers from the villages nearby. They have a windmill but electricity is very scarce, it´s only used to warm up the water and for the kitchen. Rooms are very comfy as well as the terrace from where you can see the Lake Malawi.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

On my trip to Malawi I stayed in this relatively isolated location for a one night with friends. The lodge is about 1,5 hours drive from Lilongwe, surrounded by awesome views and a rainforest. The drive is a bit challenging and might be difficult after heavy rains. It is also advisable to be prepared with good directions since the area is rural and signs far and few. You can also ask for a pick-up from Lilongwe.

The food was awesome, definitely best value for money I've had in guest houses and lodges around Southern Africa. Fact that ingredients come largely from their own garden and community adds to the pleasure.

Sleeping was peaceful, rooms nice, milky way visible and Lake Malawi in horizon. Service was friendly and spectacular. Morning walk in the hills and forest was refreshing. I would recommend Forest Lodge to people who appreciate good food, nature and relaxation.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1517 | Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ntchisi Forest Lodge is a remote eco-lodge in a historial building in a rainforest location with the most stunning view in Malawi. Here you can experience the real Africa, either on one of our many rainforest or mountain hikes, or you can participate in some of our cultural activities in remote rural villages still untouched by tourism. We also arrange volunteering stays, on which you can spend a few days or weeks delving a bit deeper into Malawian culture and feel that you give something back as part of your holiday.The lodge runs entirely on renewable energy and we grow most of our own vegetables. You can stay in one of the 5 lodge rooms or stay in one of our two luxury tents. Here you can experience the real Africa in comfortable and safe surroundings and with a good conscience. ... more   less 

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