My wife and I had a short stay at the lodge (2 nights and one full day) about a two weeks ago. Let me just say, from the moment we arrived at Nkwichi, to the moment we left, you couldn't have asked for better service. Malcom, Kristina, Wes, Francis, and all the other staff made us feel welcome and treated us as if we were old friends.
The Location is just stunning...You literally are in the middle of untouched and unspoiled wilderness. A two hour boat ride from the main town (Cobue); there are Fish Eagles, Cormorants, Skinks, Monitor Lizards, Baboons, monkeys, and a whole host of other water birds which can be viewed with relative ease. The beach itself is beautiful and the water is crystal clear and warm. The lodge provides snorkeling equipment if you wish to look for tropical fish and provides a guide if you wish to visit the surrounding villages or just go for a hike.
Only downside, lots and lots of Mosquitoes and other bugs. Bring plenty of insect repellant (the lodge also provides it in every chalet as well as very good mosquito netting around all the beds) and take anti-malarial pills. With proper preparation you will be just fine (I didn't get bit at all).
Unusual but excellent...there are no set areas to eat meals. If you find a good place to have a meal, tell the staff and they will set up a picnic for you there. We had breakfast every morning by the water and lunch one day by the second oldest Baobab tree in Africa (over 2000 years old). Also, the shower/bath/washbasin is located outdoors and away from the chalet, but don't worry, you are far from anyone seeing you as you bathe.
What is also special about the lodge is the work that they do for the local community. Take a moment to listen to what they have done for the various tribes...we mostly heard about the boarding schools they are building and the agricultural programs they are implementing. Talk to the local staff, they will tell you just how much of a difference this lodge and it's staff are making to the area. Its the kind of work you can actually see, not just read about from afar. These are people who care and are working hard to help. I'm very proud to have met them
So, to sum it up....The exact words form my wife when seeing the natural beauty of the area was "God must live here". I can't say that I agree more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hidden hand-built lodge on the dazzling Mozambique shores of Lake Niassa. A rare chance to savour an unspoiled corner of real Africa. Explore on foot, by canoe, in sailing dhows. Laze in a hammock above a secluded cove. See for yourself how responsible tourism supports local people and their timeless surroundings. Sugar-white 'squeaking' sands, washed by clear fresh water teeming with tropical fish. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nkwichi Hotel Lichinga