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Maidenhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed at Tongole Wilderness Lodge for 4 fantastic nights. Perched above the Bua River, Tongole is a luxurious resort in a beautiful and tranquil location. My chalet, Kabawi (Marshall Eagle), was huge - with a big, comfortable bed, an enormous bath and a fabulous shower. From the veranda there are great views over the Bua River and during the... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booking Tongole, I knew that it was a beautiful resort in a reserve. But, what awaited me was a fabulous stay - from the service, hospitality, food, accommodation and, not forgetting, the surrounding itself, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. I stayed for 3 days and couldn't be more pleased with my visit. Coincidentally, my trip took place during a spectacular event -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My second time at Tongole Wilderness Lodge having enjoyed it so much last time. Accommodation is fabulous, views are simply stunning and the care and attention with which the staff all care for you is meticulous. Nothing is too much trouble. They make you feel like a member of the family. Food is always of the highest quality and so... More 

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I visited Tongole over the US Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) and had an absolutely wonderful time. I've been to quite a few lodges in Malawi (since I live in Lilongwe) and Tongole ranks among the best. It's a relatively new lodge, so everything is good working order and the lodge is very well-maintained. What is particularly wonderful about the... More 

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The welcome was amazing and intimate how there is always a hot towel and cold drink waiting when we first came in and after every excursion. The room was amazing and the elephants came so close to the lowest observation deck. The activities were amazing; the boat ride up bua river the picnic just amazing. The people as well were... More 

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

Thank You Ninge M for your review, We are very pleased you had a nice stay with us here at Tongole and glad you found our staff, activities and amenities to your liking. We are sorry to hear that you found our menu restrictive as we do strive to offer something for everyone's tastes and alter accordingly. We would love... More 

Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We spent 3 nights here and loved every minute. Having been lucky enough to have stayed in 5 beautiful lodges in Malawi, the hospitality at Tongole was by far the best I've experienced. From the deligtfully warm welcome, delicious food (I'm a hard to please veggie and they went out of their way to make sure I was happy!), knowledgeable... More 

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

Hi Angela C. Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will return again when you are back in the warm heart of Africa. We really appreciate you writing this review and all of us staff are happy to have made you love every minute... More 

Washington, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We spent just one night at Tongole with our daughter before travelling back to the UK. What a way to end our trip to Zambia and Malawi. From the welcome party when we arrived to the wonderful accommodation and delicious food and hospitality we were thoroughly spoiled. Initially I wasn't too keen to go canoeing on the river but was... More 

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

Hi Tessa123, Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are really glad you enjoyed your short stay with us! We are happy that you enjoyed our food & hospitality and also decided to experience our canoe trip up stream for sun downers. It really is a great activity and we are pleased to read that you thought... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My husband took me to Tongole Lodge as an surprise anniversary gift. We were only able to spend one night there, but our brief twenty-four hour visit was absolute perfection. Our hosts were delightful guides, able to offer information about the exotic flora as well as the local wildlife. We did indeed see elephants, and were able to observe them... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us even though it was only a brief twenty four hours! We hope that the next time you visit Malawi you will choose to spend some more time with us here and let us show you some more of what we can offer. It would... More 

Lilongwe, Malawi
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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

Thank You matt L for your review, Are are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We do hope to see you again very soon! Stephen General Manager More 

Lilongwe
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

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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 

Additional Information about Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Address: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Nkhotakota
Price Range: $275 - $345 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Tongole Wilderness Lodge Malawi/Nkhotakota
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